Wappingers Falls is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 5,508 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Wappingers Falls is the 292nd largest community in New York. Wappingers Falls has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wappingers Falls is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wappingers Falls is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wappingers Falls who work in office and administrative support (17.10%), personal care services (10.67%), and sales jobs (9.74%).
Also of interest is that Wappingers Falls has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One downside of living in Wappingers Falls is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Wappingers Falls, the average commute to work is 30.70 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small village, Wappingers Falls has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The percentage of adults in Wappingers Falls who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.39% of the adults in Wappingers Falls have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wappingers Falls in 2010 was $27,960, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,840 for a family of four. However, Wappingers Falls contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wappingers Falls is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Wappingers Falls home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wappingers Falls residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Wappingers Falls also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.06% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wappingers Falls include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Jordanian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Wappingers Falls's cultural character, accounting for 20.40% of the village’s population.
The most common language spoken in Wappingers Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.