Scarsdale, NY
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Scarsdale is a medium-sized village located in the state of New York. With a population of 17,863 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Scarsdale is the 109th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Scarsdale was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Scarsdale home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Scarsdale real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Scarsdale is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 98.74% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scarsdale is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scarsdale who work in management occupations (22.80%), sales jobs (13.99%), and business and financial occupations (12.43%).

Of important note, Scarsdale is also a village of artists. Scarsdale has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Scarsdale’s character.

Also of interest is that Scarsdale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.78% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Scarsdale is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Scarsdale is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Scarsdale’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Scarsdale is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Scarsdale, the average commute to work is 40.44 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Scarsdale is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Scarsdale is a pretty powerful place. 88.96% of the adults in Scarsdale have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Scarsdale in 2010 was $131,067, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $524,268 for a family of four.

Scarsdale is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Scarsdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Scarsdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Scarsdale include Russian, Italian, German, Polish, and Irish.

In addition, Scarsdale has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.84%).

The most common language spoken in Scarsdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.