White Plains, NY
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White Plains is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 58,459 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 88.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, White Plains is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in White Plains who work in management occupations (11.85%), sales jobs (10.33%), and office and administrative support (9.43%).

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, White Plains is somewhat unusual for a city 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 White Plains area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

White Plains is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.70% of adults in White Plains have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in White Plains in 2010 was $46,673, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $186,692 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 34.03% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in White Plains include Irish, German, Russian, and Polish.

In addition, White Plains has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.21%).

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