White Plains, New York, City and Higher Education Facts

White Plains is a suburb of New York City known for its affluence and family-friendly atmosphere. Institutions of higher learning located within commuting distance include Pace University's White Plains campus, Columbia University and New York University. Read more below.

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Information about White Plains

Located 25 miles north of Manhattan, White Plains was home to 58,035 residents in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. With its booming retail industry and strong corporate presence, the city is often considered one of the nation's top suburban office and retail centers. A major collection of office and condominium towers anchors the city's downtown area, and since the 1970s, White Plains has been known as one of America's 'edge cities', a secondary employment and commercial center outside the traditional urban core.

Living only a short drive or rail commute from Manhattan, residents of White Plains have easy access to the breadth of cultural, artistic and recreational opportunities afforded by the nation's largest metropolis. But the people of White Plains don't need Manhattan to enjoy high culture. White Plains has its own performing arts center, conservatory of music, outdoor art festival and routinely held concerts in local parks. The White Plains Recreation and Parks Department offers athletically inclined residents nearly 100 sports, athletic, cultural and other recreational programs annually.

Higher Education

White Plains is nearby to dozens of colleges, one of which is Mercy College, which is within 3 miles. Additionally, the nearby New York metropolitan area hosts some of America's most prestigious universities, including New York University (NYU), Columbia University and Fordham University. Columbia is one of the East Coast's eight Ivy League universities, while NYU is one of the most popular colleges in the country.

Economy

The $81,743 per year median household income (based on 2010-2014 U.S. Census figures) reflects the city's high level of educational attainment and economic dynamism. According to New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, this area's highest sector of employment was education and health services, with nearly 1.4 million people employed. About 1.2 million people were employed in trade, transportation, and utilities, while about 1.1 million people were employed in professional and business services.

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