West Point is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 6,580 people and just one neighborhood, West Point is the 251st largest community in New York. West Point has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
71.77% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in West Point. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Public Service and Healthcare industries respectively employ 31.55% and 16.93% of the civilian workforce.
Of important note, West Point is also a town of artists. West Point has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape West Point’s character.
Also of interest is that West Point has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 36.50% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
West Point is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped West Point to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
For a small town, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in West Point. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to West Point.
The overall crime rate in West Point is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 9.29 minutes getting to work every day.