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 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 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 an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the village experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller village.

In addition, Southampton is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Southampton's cultural character, accounting for 15.38% of the village’s population.

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