Wantagh, NY
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Wantagh is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 19,134 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Wantagh is the 95th largest community in New York.

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

Wantagh is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wantagh is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wantagh who work in management occupations (14.02%), office and administrative support (13.01%), and sales jobs (11.58%).

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

Because of many things, Wantagh is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Wantagh a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Wantagh has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Wantagh’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Wantagh 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.

In Wantagh, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.65 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.

Despite being a small town, Wantagh has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Wantagh is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.18% of adults in Wantagh have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Wantagh in 2010 was $49,793, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $199,172 for a family of four.

The people who call Wantagh home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wantagh residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wantagh include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

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