Yorktown Heights, NY

Yorktown Heights, NY

Yorktown Heights, NY

Population: 1,794
Median home value: $420,624
Median household income: $111,921
% of the population with white collar jobs: 82%
% of the adult population who are college graduates: 30%
Individuals below the poverty level: 1.2%
Racial Makeup / Most prominent races: 88% White, 8% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 5% Asian, 3% Black
Residents would hang out with NYC folk from: Staten Island and Queens

Yorktown Heights, NY

Yorktown Heights is a “census-designated place” within the town of Yorktown, NY, in Westchester County.

There is no direct train from Yorktown Heights to NYC, but the closest seems to be the Croton-Harmon station of the Metro-North train. Minutes to Grand Central Station: 19min drive to the station, and then a 47-71 minute train ride, depending on time of day.

By car to Grand Central Station: 42 miles, or 56 minutes

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Looking to buy a house in Yorktown Heights? A 3 bed / 2 bath isn’t too hard to find for $450K.

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Looking for schools? Here’s what GreatSchools.org has to say:

SCHOOL

GREATSCHOOLS.ORG RATING

COMMUNITY RATING

Brookside School (K-3)

8/10

8/10

Crompound School (4-5)

9/10

10/10

Mildred Strang Middle School

10/10

8/10

Yorktown High School 9/10 8/10

I have very few pictures of Yorktown Heights’ village. Why? Because there was almost nothing to take pictures of. If you’re looking for just a suburb, instead of a small town with charm and uniqueness, then Yorktown Heights is good. But I’m not looking for strip malls, and KMart, and Taco Bell (though I do love a good soft taco on occasion.) Again, there’s nothing wrong with Yorktown Heights. But it’s no Hastings, Dobbs, Larchmont, Croton, etc etc etc. There’s no unique charm. There’s nothing special about it.

One big drawback about Yorktown Heights is the lack of easy commuting to NYC. I deduce that that’s why it doesn’t have a higher white collar population- my guess is that fewer people in Yorktown Heights commute to Manhattan than other Westchester towns. I could be totally wrong, but that’s my educated guess. Also, the predominant industries people work in are education and construction, while finance makes up only 5% of the work force. This would also make me think that more people there work locally than in, say, Larchmont.

The distance to Manhattan would make me not want to live there. A drive of over 15 minutes to get to the train, which will then take almost an hour to get to Grand Central? For me, that’s too inconvenient. But if you’re only coming into NY for the occasional visit, then that’s perfectly doable. But I have two children and an incredibly busy schedule, so I don’t have time for this.

The people seemed friendlier than NYC, but not friendly like a small town. No waving, no “How ya doing today?” to strangers, no plaid flannel shirts on a fat, old guy named Bo who mows his lawn only on Sundays and only when “the game ain’t on.” Nope. I’m not saying these people won’t help you carry your groceries, I’m just saying they may not do it unless you ask.

May I introduce to you… Yorktown Heights!

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