Introduction to White Plains, New York

White Plains is located in Westchester County. The city is situated approximately four miles from the Hudson River and less than three miles from Long Island Sound. Manhattan is approximately 25 miles from White Plains. The number of people in White Plains significantly increases on a typical day due to the influx of workers, shoppers and visitors to the city. White Plains is recognized as the prominent business area in Westchester County. The city features a thriving shopping area which includes the upscale Westchester Mall and the popular Galleria and White Plains Mall. Numerous high technology companies and large corporations are located in the downtown area.


During the 17th century the area was utilized for farming by the Weckquaeskeck tribe. The traders in the area called it White Plains. The name was possibly given due to the numerous groves of white balsam in the region. It has also been suggested that the name was given due to the heavy mist that floated over the swamplands situated close to the Bronx River. The area was settled by Puritans from Connecticut in 1683. The town of White Plains was established in 1788. The Battle of White Plains between the Continentals and the British occurred on Chatterton Hill in 1776. The Continentals retreated from the battle, but after several more clashes with the Continentals, the British abandoned the area.

Historic Sites

The Jacob Purdy House was built before 1730 and served as the headquarters of General George Washington in 1778. The house was restored and transported to its new location in 1973. The house serves as the headquarters for the White Plains Historical Society. The White Plains Armory and the Percy Grainger Home are other historic sites of interest in White Plains.


The city of White Plains is served by the Westchester County Airport. Commuter transportation to New York is also offered at two Metro-North Railroad stations. Passengers can utilize the Metro North Station and arrive in the center of Manhattan in about thirty-five minutes. Interstate Highway 287 runs through the city.

Higher Education

Pace University is located in White Plains. The Pace University School of Law is well known for its environmental law program. Pace University also features the Lubin School of Business which is well known for its MBA program. Other colleges in the area include Mercy College and the College of Westchester.


Total Population 57,505
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 30,646
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.7%
Median Earnings25+ $46,515
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,259
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,582


Median Family Income $101,130
% Above Poverty Level 89.9%
% Below Poverty Level 10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.8%
% Using Public Transportation 20.8%


People Living Alone 33.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,544
Median House Value $507,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.4%
US/American 0.3%
English 2.5%
Irish 8.5%

White Plains Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles NE of New York, New York
County Westchester
Standard Zip Codes 10601, 10603, 10604, 10605, 10606, 10607
P.O. Box Zip Codes 10602, 10610
Company Zip Codes 10650
Phone Area Codes 914
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.033
Longitude -73.763

White Plains Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, White Plains, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East White Plains (10604)

Gedney (10605)

Greenburgh (10607)

North White Plains (10603)

West Harrison (10604)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ardsley 4,519 $163,352
Elmsford 4,719 $91,477
Hartsdale 5,346 $123,086

White Plains Public Libraries

White Plains Public Library
White Plains, New York
(914) 422-1400
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White Plains Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(914) 681-0600
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(914) 597-2232
Emergency Service: No

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