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 9,473 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 91.82% 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 (20.17%), business and financial occupations (12.53%), and sales jobs (9.74%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.92% 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, South Salem is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, South Salem is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making South Salem 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, South Salem has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, South Salem’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in South Salem is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In South Salem, the average commute to work is 39.36 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to South Salem, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. South Salem is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 70.76% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in South Salem in 2010 was $81,354, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $325,416 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in South Salem include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

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


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