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 98.78% 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.36% 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", 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.

In Scarsdale, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 40.18 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Scarsdale. 89.38% 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 $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.

In addition, Scarsdale has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.56%).

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