Staten Island, NY
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Living in Staten Island


Staten Island is a large coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 479,458 people and 109 constituent neighborhoods, Staten Island is the fifth largest community in New York.

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

Unlike some boroughs, Staten Island isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Staten Island are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Staten Island is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Staten Island who work in office and administrative support (13.55%), sales jobs (9.67%), and teaching (8.98%).

Also of interest is that Staten Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Staten Island is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Staten Island. This makes Staten Island a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Staten Island presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Staten Island 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Staten Island is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Staten Island, the average commute to work is 39.26 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Staten Island is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Staten Island really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Staten Island citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Staten Island ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Staten Island a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The overall education level of Staten Island citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.11% of adults in Staten Island have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Staten Island in 2010 was $33,922, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,688 for a family of four. However, Staten Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Staten Island is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Staten Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Staten Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Staten Island also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.18% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Staten Island include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.

In addition, Staten Island has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.24%).

The most common language spoken in Staten Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.