Shirley, NY
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Shirley is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 25,753 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Shirley is the 50th largest community in New York.

Unlike some towns, Shirley isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Shirley are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Shirley is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shirley who work in office and administrative support (14.64%), sales jobs (11.00%), and management occupations (9.05%).

Shirley is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Shirley, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.50 minutes every day commuting to work.

The percentage of adults in Shirley with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.26% of adults in Shirley have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Shirley in 2010 was $27,702, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,808 for a family of four. However, Shirley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Shirley is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Shirley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shirley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Shirley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.78% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Shirley include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Shirley also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.50%.

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