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.

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 (14.25%), sales jobs (10.56%), and management occupations (8.18%).

In Yonkers, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.89 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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.

The overall education level of Yonkers citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.67% 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 $30,114, 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 $120,456 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 35.61% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Yonkers include Irish, German, Polish, and Jamaican.

In addition, Yonkers has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (31.21%).

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