Rye, NY
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Living in Rye


Rye is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 16,592 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Rye is the 113th largest community in New York.

Rye home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but Rye real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Rye is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rye is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rye who work in management occupations (23.59%), business and financial occupations (12.26%), and sales jobs (10.72%).

Of important note, Rye is also a city of artists. Rye has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rye’s character.

Also of interest is that Rye has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 17.04% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Rye is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Rye is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Rye a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Rye has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Rye’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Rye is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Rye, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.17 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

Even though Rye is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Rye, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Rye is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 78.21% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Rye in 2018 was $109,416, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $437,664 for a family of four.

Rye is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rye home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rye residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rye include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

Rye also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.03%.

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