New Rochelle is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New York. With a population of 81,587 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, New Rochelle is the 11th largest community in New York.
New Rochelle home prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, but New Rochelle real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
New Rochelle is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, New Rochelle is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Rochelle who work in management occupations (12.14%), sales jobs (10.63%), and office and administrative support (8.83%).
Of important note, New Rochelle is also a city of artists. New Rochelle has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape New Rochelle’s character.
Also of interest is that New Rochelle 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: 7.63% 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.
One thing that you will notice about New Rochelle is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider New Rochelle a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
New Rochelle 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in New Rochelle is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In New Rochelle, the average commute to work is 31.74 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of New Rochelle’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in New Rochelle use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of New Rochelle‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
New Rochelle is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.37% of adults in New Rochelle have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in New Rochelle in 2018 was $49,693, which is wealthy relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $198,772 for a family of four. However, New Rochelle contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
New Rochelle is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Rochelle home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Rochelle residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. New Rochelle also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.12% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Rochelle include Italian, Irish, German, Jamaican, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of New Rochelle's cultural character, accounting for 29.74% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in New Rochelle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.