White Plains, NY

White Plains profile

Living in White Plains

White Plains is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 58,109 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, White Plains is the 16th largest community in New York.

White Plains home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but White Plains real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

White Plains is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, White Plains is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in White Plains who work in management occupations (12.19%), sales jobs (9.67%), and office and administrative support (9.21%).

Of important note, White Plains is also a city of artists. White Plains has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape White Plains’s character.

Also of interest is that White Plains has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One thing noticeable about White Plains, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because White Plains is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes White Plains a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in White Plains use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of White Plains‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of White Plains ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in White Plains, 49.52% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in White Plains in 2018 was $52,683, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,732 for a family of four. However, White Plains contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

White Plains is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call White Plains home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of White Plains residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. White Plains also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 32.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in White Plains include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of White Plains's cultural character, accounting for 30.74% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in White Plains is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.