Southampton, NY
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Southampton is a very small coastal village (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 3,265 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Southampton is the 449th largest community in New York. Southampton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

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

Southampton is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 86.91% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Southampton is a village of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southampton who work in management occupations (16.50%), office and administrative support (12.76%), and sales jobs (11.96%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Southampton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.39% 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.

Another notable thing is that Southampton is a major vacation destination. Much of the village’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Southampton’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

In addition, Southampton is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

One of the nice things about Southampton 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.

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

If knowledge is power, Southampton is a pretty powerful place. 50.15% of the adults in Southampton 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 Southampton in 2010 was $69,450, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $277,800 for a family of four. However, Southampton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Southampton is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Southampton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Southampton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Southampton include English, German, Italian, and Polish.

Southampton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.38%.

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