South Salem, NY
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South Salem is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 9,643 people and two constituent neighborhoods, South Salem is the 196th largest community in New York.

South Salem home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but South Salem real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

South Salem is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Salem is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Salem who work in management occupations (17.15%), sales jobs (13.07%), and business and financial occupations (9.81%).

Of important note, South Salem is also a town of artists. South Salem has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape South Salem’s character.

Also of interest is that South Salem 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: 7.84% 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.

South Salem’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

In South Salem, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.30 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.

Even though South Salem 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.

If knowledge is power, South Salem is a pretty powerful place. 73.98% of the adults in South Salem 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 South Salem in 2010 was $67,917, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $271,668 for a family of four.

South Salem is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call South Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Salem residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in South Salem include Irish, German, English, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in South Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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