Mount Vernon is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 67,345 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Mount Vernon is the 12th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Mount Vernon was built prior to World War II, 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.
Unlike some cities, Mount Vernon isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mount Vernon are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (12.35%), sales jobs (8.57%), and healthcare suport services (8.50%).
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.
One downside of living in Mount Vernon, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.55 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, 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 29.17% 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 $33,112, 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 $132,448 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 16.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Vernon include Jamaican, Italian, Irish, German, and African.
Mount Vernon also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.46%.
The most common language spoken in Mount Vernon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.