Yonkers, NY
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Living in Yonkers


Yonkers is a relatively large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 202,019 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.

Unlike some cities, Yonkers isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Yonkers are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (13.80%), sales jobs (10.40%), and management occupations (9.35%).

One thing that you will notice about Yonkers is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Yonkers a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One downside of living in Yonkers, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.53 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Yonkers 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 bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Yonkers area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Yonkers citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.65% of adults in Yonkers have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Yonkers in 2010 was $32,521, 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 $130,084 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 36.29% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Yonkers include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and Jamaican.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Yonkers's cultural character, accounting for 30.59% of the city’s population.

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