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What You Need To Know About Land In Westchester County, New York

Westchester County, NY is centered around the County Seat of White Plains, NY, while its most populous city is actually Yonkers. It has the 2nd highest median income per capita in the state, behind only New York County itself. If you are buying land in Westchester County, you’ll be seeing some very high-end residences.

Throughout this article, we’ll get to know some of the cities and towns of this county better, and get a feel for what it might be like to live in Westchester County, NY. We’ll explore the local people and culture. We'll explore why people are so eager to buy real estate in Westchester County, and look closely at 5 of the county’s trendiest neighborhoods.

History of Westchester County New York

History of Westchester County New York

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Before European colonization, the Lenape occupied the land that would become Westchester County. They were an Algonquian people, divided into tribes like the Tankiteke, the Manhattans and the Weckquaesgeek. Verrazzano visited the region in 1524, and Hudson in 1609. The Ditch began settling the area in the 1620s, and England in the 1640s.

Westchester County was formed by the New York General Assembly in 1683, and in less than 100 years it had become the richest county in the Province of New York. However, it remained primarily rural until the 20th century, when it became more and more devoted to the suburbs of NYC.

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Westchester County Namesake

Westchester County Namesake

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The county was named after the city of Chester in England. Much of New England was named for locations in Old England, including the Province of New York itself.

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Westchester County, NY is centered around the County Seat of White Plains, NY, while its most populous city is actually Yonkers. It has the 2nd highest median income per capita in the state, behind only New York County itself. If you are buying land in Westchester County, you’ll be seeing some very high-end residences.

Throughout this article, we’ll get to know some of the cities and towns of this county better, and get a feel for what it might be like to live in Westchester County, NY. We’ll explore the local people and culture. We'll explore why people are so eager to buy real estate in Westchester County, and look closely at 5 of the county’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Westchester County, NY Demographics

Westchester County, NY Demographics

Population
As of the 2020 Census, Westchester County, NY had a population of 1,004,457 compared to 949,113 in 2010.

As of 2019, Westchester County had 337,297 housing units, 61.4% of which were owner-occupied. Only 2,834 building permits were issued there in 2020 though, so buying a home in Westchester County, NY could become increasingly competitive.

Household income
As of 2020, the median household income for residents of Westchester County was just over $99,000. The per-capita income (again, in 2020 dollars) was $57,953.

Education
The majority (88.6%) of Westchester County residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, and 49.7% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Housing Costs
The median value of owner-occupied housing in Westchester County in 2020 was $544,100. Median gross rent for the same period was $1,599.

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Why should you buy land in Westchester County, NY?

Why should you buy land in Westchester County, NY?

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One reason so many people are eager to buy land in Westchester County is that it is a great place to raise a family. The schools are excellent, and there are plenty of the single-family homes with large yards that today’s buyers want. Other people come to Westchester County looking for a fast commute into NYC.

Another great reason to buy or rent a home in Westchester County is that so many of its cities and towns are walkable. If you aren’t doing the commute into NYC, why not make your whole lifestyle more sustainable? And if you are a commuter, every minute away from the car is like a vacation!

Finally, the arts and culture scene in Westchester County is well-developed. Institutions like the Neuberger Museum of Art, the Westchester Broadway Theater, Tarrytown Music Hall and the dozens of community galleries, arts centers and venues make for plenty of artistic days out and evenings in the town.

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Why Westchester County?

Why Westchester County?

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Is Buying Land In Westchester County The Right Move For You And Your Family? Buying land in Westchester County is an increasingly popular option for people fleeing the crush of life in NYC, as well as those moving to be close to NYC economically without adopting the lifestyle. It offers a wide range of real estate markets, with some land that is very affordable as well as some that is more… aspirational… for most of us. In the end, though, you have to decide whether buying land in Westchester County, New York is right for you and your situation. It is incredibly green and open compared to the Bronx, which is just a few minutes to the south. But if you work in any other part of NYC, you could be signing up for a commute of an hour or more.

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