Scarsdale, NY
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Living in Scarsdale


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 98.78% 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 (20.92%), sales jobs (14.20%), and business and financial occupations (13.60%).

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: 9.36% 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Scarsdale is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Scarsdale a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Scarsdale has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Scarsdale’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Scarsdale, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 40.18 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Despite being a small village, Scarsdale has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Scarsdale is a pretty powerful place. 89.38% 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 2018 was $142,739, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $570,956 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, Polish, German, and Irish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Scarsdale's cultural character, accounting for 22.56% of the village’s population.

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