Best Places to Retire – Westchester County

Westchester County, New York

Westchester is best known for its Wall Street commuters and gorgeous natural scenery along the Hudson River. Westchester County is comprised of small areas like Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow a distant relation with New York City proper. Westchester is for those people who want to keep in close contact with their beloved city of New York but trade the bustling life of an inner city New Yorker with a less involved lifestyle.
Westchester is relatively small, covering 450 square miles New York’s southeastern tip. Retirees will find no shortages of neighbors with over 950,000 people residing within the county’s 45 municipalities. Westchester itself boasts nearly 350,000 residents living within its densely populated borders. A little over 14% of residents are 65 and older, with their median income being around $45,000. The median costs for housing on a monthly basis are about $2,300 with an unemployment rate of nearly 5%. Westchester is a virtual melting pot of ethnicities though whites still makeup the majority (68%). African American (nearly 14%) and Native Americans (4.4%) are the second and third largest populace amongst other diverse cultures such as Pacific Islanders, Portuguese and French.
Flanked by the Hudson and Connecticut Westchester was the first large scale suburban area to develop in the world. Ranked as the second wealthiest county in New York, (Manhattan being number one) and has long been associated with old money. Westchester is swung from Republican to Democratic, following other New York City Suburbs, in the early 1990’s. However, domestic elections (state and local) tend to vote conservative.
Finding places to enjoy the outdoors is easily accessible for bikes, the electric trike, and fast electric scooters. If the need arises to explore more of Westchester, senior citizens will find public transportation readily available. Westchester supports a plethora of attractions such as the Bronx River Parkway, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Croton Gorge Park, Emelin Theatre and much more.

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