Yonkers, NY
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Yonkers is a relatively large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 201,116 people and 52 constituent neighborhoods, Yonkers is the eighth largest community in New York.

Housing costs in Yonkers 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.

Yonkers is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Yonkers is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Yonkers who work in office and administrative support (13.89%), sales jobs (11.31%), and management occupations (8.44%).

One downside of living in Yonkers is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Yonkers, the average commute to work is 33.00 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Yonkers’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Yonkers is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Yonkers, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The overall education level of Yonkers citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.12% of adults in Yonkers have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Yonkers in 2010 was $30,263, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $121,052 for a family of four. However, Yonkers contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Yonkers is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Yonkers home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Yonkers residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Yonkers also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.53% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Yonkers include Irish, German, Polish, and Jamaican.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Yonkers's cultural character, accounting for 30.55% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Yonkers is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.