Introduction to Yonkers, New York

Yonkers is one of New York's largest cities and the largest city in Westchester County. It borders Manhattan (to the south) and is less than 20 miles from the heart of New York City. Other surrounding communities include Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle (to the east) and White Plains (to the north). The Hudson River flows along Yonkers' western border and the New York City borough of the Bronx is directly south of the city. The city's principal transportation artery is Interstate I-87 (also known as the New York State Thruway), but Yonkers is also serviced by a number of other important roads including U.S. Route 9, New York State Highway 9A, and several parkways (Saw Mill, Cross County, and Bronx River).

The history of Yonkers traces back to the late 1640s when Adriaen Van der Donck received a land grant from the Dutch East India Company and built one of the New World's first saw mills at the junction of the Hudson River and Nepperhan Creek. Van der Donck was often referred to as Jonk Herr ("young nobleman"), a phrase which would later be used to describe his land ("Jonk Heer's land"). This phrase evolved into "the Younckers" and finally Yonkers. The land's strategic location fostered its development into a major trading center and the birth of a diverse community. Farming was predominant in Yonkers through its early history, but a vibrant waterfront and innovations in travel later accelerated the development of industry in the city. At various times Yonkers served as a prime center for carpet and hat manufacturing, and the world's first elevated mass transit system was created in the city. Yonkers was incorporated in 1872 with a population about one-tenth of what it is today.

Things to See and Do in Yonkers

The best-known attraction in Yonkers is its harness racing track, Yonkers Raceway. The track has recently undergone renovations and has incorporated legalized video slot machines into its facility. Another of the city's treasures is the Hudson River Museum. Founded in 1919, the Museum of Westchester is housed in the restored Glenview mansion and features a planetarium along with spacious galleries for art exhibitions. The Yonkers Police Museum features artifacts, photos, and exhibits which chronicle the city's police force going as far back as 1866. The Philipse Manor Hall, built in 1682, is an elegant Georgian mansion which served as Yonkers' first City Hall from 1871 through 1908. The building, one of the region's oldest surviving structures, is used today for celebrations and ceremonies, special exhibitions, musical performances, and public meetings. Sherwood House, built in 1740, has been restored and furnished with appropriate period antiques, and is open to the public for tours conducted by hostesses dressed in period costume.

Annual events in Yonkers include the Yonkers Hudson Riverfest, a multi-cultural festival held each fall which draws tens of thousands annually to enjoy ethnic food, crafts, exhibits, and entertainment for all ages. The Untermyer Performing Arts Festival is an annual performing arts series held on Saturday nights in the summer. These free events, which take place on the banks of the Hudson River, include opera, dance, music, and street theater. The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, formed in the early 1960s, gives performances five times per year in the city.

Yonkers is a very short drive or train ride away from countless cultural venues in the metropolitan New York area. These include the following:

  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Saint Patrick's Cathedral
  • Times Square
  • Bronx Zoo
  • United Nations
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • New York Aquarium
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Apollo Theater
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Central Park
  • Coney Island
  • Chrysler Building
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Madison Square Garden

Less than ten miles from Yonkers is Yankee Stadium, home of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. The Stadium is situated in the Bronx, just minutes south of Yonkers. Other notable sports teams in the New York/New Jersey area include the following:

  • National Basketball Association: New York Knicks & New Jersey Nets
  • National Football League: New York Giants & Jets
  • Major League Baseball: New York Mets
  • National Hockey League: New York Rangers & Islanders and the New Jersey Devils
  • Major League Lacrosse: Long Island Lizards
  • Major League Soccer: Red Bull New York
  • WNBA (Women's basketball): New York Liberty


Total Population 199,435
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 88,192
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.1%
Median Earnings25+ $42,634
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,095
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,584


Median Family Income $71,966
% Above Poverty Level 83.3%
% Below Poverty Level 16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 26.4%


People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,227
Median House Value $382,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.4%
US/American 0%
English 1.1%
Irish 11.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Yonkers Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles N of New York, New York
County Westchester
Standard Zip Codes 10701, 10703, 10704, 10705, 10706, 10707, 10708, 10709, 10710
P.O. Box Zip Codes 10702
Phone Area Codes 914
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.931
Longitude -73.899

Yonkers Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 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
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Centuck (10710)

Hastings Hudson (10706)

Hastings on Hudson (10706)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bronxville 6,409 $250
Eastchester 32,880 $140,846
Pelham 12,560 $174,028

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Yonkers Public Libraries

Hastings-on-hudson Public Library
Yonkers, New York
(914) 478-3307
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Yonkers Public Library
Yonkers, New York
(914) 337-1500
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Yonkers Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(914) 378-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(914) 964-4444
Emergency Service: Yes

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