Staten Island, NY
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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 489,510 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 (14.22%), sales jobs (10.06%), and teaching (8.70%).

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 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 38.49 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, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Staten Island are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The education level of Staten Island citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.79% of adults in Staten Island have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Staten Island in 2010 was $32,041, 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 $128,164 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 17.85% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Staten Island include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Staten Island's cultural character, accounting for 21.61% of the borough’s population.

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