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 93.27% 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 (18.27%), sales jobs (12.11%), and office and administrative support (9.71%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in South Salem telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.36% 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.

The overall crime rate in South Salem is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

One downside of living in South Salem, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.99 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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

If knowledge is power, South Salem is a pretty powerful place. 74.66% 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 $72,915, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $291,660 for a family of four.

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, Russian, and English.

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

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