Southold, NY

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Living in Southold

Southold is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 6,040 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Southold is the 275th largest community in New York.

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

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Southold is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Southold is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southold who work in sales jobs (15.37%), management occupations (12.57%), and office and administrative support (8.49%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.88% 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.

Another notable thing is that Southold is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’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, Southold’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Because of many things, Southold is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Southold really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Southold perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Southold has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Southold a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about Southold 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 Southold, a lot of people use taxis to get to work every day though Southold is a relatively small town. Those that ride taxis are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Southold are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.89% of adults in Southold have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Southold in 2018 was $53,615, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $214,460 for a family of four.

Southold is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Southold home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Southold residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Southold also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.54% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Southold include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

Southold also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.07%.

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