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 495,747 people and 125 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.
Staten Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.68%), management occupations (9.23%), and sales jobs (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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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 39.54 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.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Staten Island is having a public transportation system, but in Staten Island the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Staten Island benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
The education level of Staten Island citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.70% of adults in Staten Island have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Staten Island in 2018 was $38,096, which is upper middle income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,384 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 Asian. 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 18.45% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Staten Island include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Staten Island's cultural character, accounting for 23.93% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Staten Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.