West Babylon 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 43,351 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, West Babylon is the 22nd largest community in New York.
Housing costs in West Babylon are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.
Unlike some towns, West Babylon isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in West Babylon are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Babylon is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Babylon who work in office and administrative support (18.87%), sales jobs (11.62%), and management occupations (8.31%).
West Babylon 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, West Babylon is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the West Babylon area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The population of West Babylon overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in West Babylon, 22.92% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in West Babylon in 2010 was $33,288, 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 $133,152 for a family of four. However, West Babylon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
West Babylon is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call West Babylon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Babylon residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Babylon also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.39% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Babylon include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in West Babylon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.