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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.

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 85.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Southampton is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southampton who work in management occupations (15.59%), sales jobs (14.12%), and office and administrative support (12.57%).

Also of interest is that Southampton 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: 16.03% 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.

In addition, Southampton 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.

Southampton is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Southampton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Southampton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.37% 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 Southampton in 2010 was $69,990, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $279,960 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, Italian, German, and Polish.

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