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 476,179 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.

One of the nice things about Staten Island 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 Staten Island, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 39.26 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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 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.