Shelter Island is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,345 people and just one neighborhood, Shelter Island is the 674th largest community in New York.
Real Estate Prices
Shelter Island home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Shelter Island real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Shelter Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Shelter Island is a town of professionals, managers and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Shelter Island who work in management occupations (16.42%), healthcare (8.96%) and art, media, and design (8.06%).
Of important note, Shelter Island is also a town of artists. Shelter Island has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Shelter Island’s character.
Also of interest is that Shelter Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Shelter Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.85% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Shelter Island is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
In addition, Shelter Island is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Shelter Island is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Shelter Island 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 town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Shelter Island has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Shelter Island’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Shelter Island is worth considering.
One of the nice things about Shelter Island is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Even though Shelter Island is a smaller town, 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.