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78. Pearl River, NY
Pearl River
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Top 100 rank: 78
Population: 15,700
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This friendly town has a strong Irish flavor; youngsters can learn Gaelic football and cheer on one of the largest St. Patrickís Day parades in the state. Residents hop on the commuter train to New York City right in Pearl River. Schools are strong here, and thereís a shop-lined town square. On the negative side, Pfizer--the townís biggest employer--is downsizing its operations here, leading to the loss of at least 1,250 jobs by 2014. --N.D.
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Pearl River stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$110,179 $99,975
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
-2.54% 24.63%
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Median home price $430,000 $265,929
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
52.2% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
43.0% 24.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 233 16
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
7,706 2,758
High temp in July ° F 83.8° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 18.2° 20.9°
Median age 40.6 36.35
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$110,179 $99,975
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$91,587 $95,706
State sales tax 4.00% 5.75%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
8.97%I 7.37%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
4.00%I 3.13%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$2,679 $1,687
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
-2.54% 24.63%
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Housing
Median home price $430,000 $265,929
Average property taxes
(2010)
$7,671 $4,083
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
125 28
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
52.2% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
43.0% 24.7%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
91.0/9.0 92.1/7.9
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
N.A. 78.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 233 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 23.2 23.3
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
29.8% 15.4%
% population walk or bike to work 2.8% 2.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
62 30
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
7,706 2,758
Bars
(within 15 miles)
414 208
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
345 165
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
207 74
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
34 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 44 16
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 2.7 1.2
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
51.01 39.07
% clear days in the area 29 27
High temp in July ° F 83.8° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 18.2° 20.9°
Median age 40.6 36.35
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
68.7% 74.5%
Married % 59.7% 61.5%
Divorced % 4.2% 7.6%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
37.7 71.0
From the September 2011 issue
Notes: *County data
(3) Crime incidences are estimates based on FBI 2009 Universal Crime and incidence reports, OnBoard analysis.

(I) Income tax notes:
The tax brackets reported are for single individuals. For married taxpayers filing jointly, the same tax rates apply to income brackets ranging from $16,000 to $500,000.
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