Mount Vernon, NY
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Living in Mount Vernon


Mount Vernon is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 73,893 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Mount Vernon is the 12th largest community in New York. Mount Vernon has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Mount Vernon 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.

Mount Vernon is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Mount Vernon is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Vernon who work in office and administrative support (12.71%), sales jobs (8.68%), and teaching (8.09%).

Another interesting thing about Mount Vernon, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In Mount Vernon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.16 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Mount Vernon 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 Mount Vernon area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The overall education level of Mount Vernon citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.89% of adults in Mount Vernon have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Mount Vernon in 2018 was $34,604, 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 $138,416 for a family of four. However, Mount Vernon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mount Vernon is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mount Vernon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mount Vernon residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Mount Vernon also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Vernon include Jamaican, Italian, Irish, African, and German.

Mount Vernon also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.36%.

The most common language spoken in Mount Vernon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.