Westchester County

Are you considering moving to Westchester County, New York? Centrally located, Westchester County is a commuter’s dream because it’s close to New York City, Long Island, western Connecticut and north New Jersey. Considered by some NYC residents to be the start of “Upstate New York,” Westchester County is rich in the arts, American history and culture. The county’s rolling hills and placement between the Long Island Sound and Hudson River mean one doesn’t have to go far to enjoy nature trails, beaches or hiking. Learn more about Westchester County, including local schools, its history and things to see and do.

Year Founded: 1683

Population as of 2015: 972,634

Land Area (sq. miles): 430

Median Age: 40

Median Household Income: $83,477

Median Home Price: $501,100

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 70° Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 40° Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 49 inches
  • Snowfall: 27 inches

Notable Employment Facts: Hospitality, healthcare, biotech, medtech and retail have seen positive growth.

Major Employers: The Container Store, Regeneron, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, REI, Whole Foods, Acorda Therapeutics, Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Curemark, ContraFect.

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Nearest Major City: Approximately 35 miles to NYC.

Local Radio Stations:

  • WPKN (89.5) Public Radio
  • WPLJ (95.5 FM) Hot Adult Contemporary
  • Z100 (100.3 FM) Top 40 Radio
  • WKCI (101.3 FM) Top 40 Radio
  • WPDH (101.5 FM) Classic Rock
  • WCBS (101.1 FM) Classic Hits

Public Transit: Bee-Line Bus System, MTA bus, NY Waterway ferry, Amtrak rail, Metro-North Railroad

Parks, Beaches and Other Recreation:

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • The largest museum in Westchester County, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers showcases the art, history and scientific achievements of the region. The museum also houses a planetarium and hosts STEM activities for children.
  • Kykuit, also known as the John D. Rockefeller estate, is the 40-room mansion built by the Standard Oil tycoon in the early 1900s. Now protected by the National Trust, the interiors and grounds of this six-story stone house include priceless works of art by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, and others.
  • Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY, houses 20th century and contemporary art in the country’s 10th largest university museum. American art, African art, Dada and Surrealist art, Constructivist art and masterworks by European and Mecian masters are on display.
  • The Big Brew NY Beer Festival, an annual event held in Tarrytown, NY, for beer lovers ages 21 and up, showcases more than 200 craft beers and ciders from the best breweries in the world, including Smuttynose, Oskar Blues and Einstok.

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