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 89.62% 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 (13.28%), office and administrative support (12.36%), and sales jobs (12.02%).

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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Wantagh really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Wantagh perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One of the nice things about Wantagh 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 Wantagh, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.90 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.

Even though Wantagh is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Wantagh is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.79% 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 $49,127, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $196,508 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 Spanish and Italian.