Wappingers Falls is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 5,544 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.
Wappingers Falls is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 85.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (15.53%), sales jobs (11.83%), and personal care services (9.32%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Wappingers Falls telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.91% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In Wappingers Falls, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.39 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 Wappingers Falls is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
In terms of college education, Wappingers Falls is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.89% of adults 25 and older in Wappingers Falls have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wappingers Falls in 2018 was $29,786, 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 $119,144 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 26.15% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wappingers Falls include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Wappingers Falls's cultural character, accounting for 19.64% of the village’s population.
The most common language spoken in Wappingers Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.