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.

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 (13.80%), sales jobs (10.40%), and management occupations (9.35%).

One thing noticeable about Yonkers, 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 Yonkers 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 Yonkers 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.

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.

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

In terms of college education, Yonkers is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.65% of adults in Yonkers have a college 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.