West Haverstraw is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 10,421 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Haverstraw is the 185th largest community in New York.
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Haverstraw is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Haverstraw is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Haverstraw who work in office and administrative support (13.72%), sales jobs (8.88%), and food service (8.56%).
Even though West Haverstraw 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.
The percentage of adults in West Haverstraw who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.09% of the adults in West Haverstraw have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in West Haverstraw in 2010 was $25,760, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,040 for a family of four. However, West Haverstraw contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
West Haverstraw is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call West Haverstraw home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in West Haverstraw, accounting for 52.25% of the village’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of West Haverstraw residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in West Haverstraw include Irish, Haitian, German, and English.
West Haverstraw also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.59%.
The most common language spoken in West Haverstraw is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.