Scarsdale, NY
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Scarsdale is a medium-sized village located in the state of New York. With a population of 17,885 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Scarsdale is the 109th largest community in New York. Scarsdale has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 98.89% 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 (20.32%), legal occupations (14.24%), and sales jobs (13.82%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.90% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 40.68 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.

In Scarsdale, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Scarsdale is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Scarsdale. 86.69% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Scarsdale in 2010 was $113,535, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $454,140 for a family of four.

Scarsdale is a somewhat 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 German, Eastern European, Italian, and Polish.

Scarsdale also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.27%.

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