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 3,280 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Southampton is the 449th largest community in New York.

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 91.77% 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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Southampton who work in management occupations (18.34%), office and administrative support (14.71%), and sales jobs (12.25%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.98% 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.

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.

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.

Despite being a small village, Southampton has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Southampton is a pretty powerful place. 53.15% 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 $69,908, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $279,632 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 German, Polish, Italian, and English.

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