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Overview

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.

History

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.

Transportation

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population57,925
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+30,018
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married46.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.3%
Median Earnings25+$47,234
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,562
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,588

Wealth

Median Family Income$104,383
% Above Poverty Level88.1%
% Below Poverty Level11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.8%
% Using Public Transportation18.6%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,607
Median House Value$513,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.4%
Italian13.6%
Irish8.5%
German5.4%
West Indian4.3%
Russian3%
Jamaican2.6%
English2.5%
Polish2.4%
Haitian1.2%
French Except Basque1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Hungarian0.9%
Austrian0.8%
Arab0.8%
African0.7%
Greek0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Romanian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
South African0.1%
Croatian0.1%
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White Plains Almanac

CategoryValue
County Westchester County
Standard Zip Codes10601, 10605, 10606, 10607, 10603, 10604
P.O. Box Zip Codes10602, 10610
Phone Area Codes347,845,914,929
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.03
Approximate Longitude-73.77

White Plains Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWESTCHESTER CO AP
Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp21 to 36 F
Apr Temp40 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip50.4 inches
StationSCARSDALE
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationDOBBS FERRY ARDSLEY
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp45 to 65 F
Annual Precip52.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ardsley4,570$184,500
Elmsford4,814$94,476
Hartsdale5,414$128,021
Rye Brook9,513$150,797
Valhalla3,566$127,273

White Plains Public Libraries

White Plains Public Library
100 MARTINE AVENUE
White Plains, New York
(914) 422-1400

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White Plains Hospitals

New York Presbyterian Hospital - Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
Winifred Masterson Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains Hospital Center
(Non-profit)
41 E Post Rd
(914) 681-0600

White Plains Public Schools

Church Street School
295 Church St
ZIP: 10603
(914) 422-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 682
Virginia Road Elementary School
86 Virginia Rd
ZIP: 10603
(914) 683-5035
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
George Washington School
100 Orchard St
ZIP: 10604
(914) 422-2380
Primary
Total Enrollment 680
Mamaroneck Avenue School
7 Nosband Ave
ZIP: 10605
(914) 422-2286
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Ridgeway School
225 Ridgeway
ZIP: 10605
(914) 422-2081
Primary
Total Enrollment 678
White Plains Middle School
128 Grandview Ave
ZIP: 10605
(914) 422-2092
Other
Total Enrollment 1569
White Plains Senior High School
550 North St
ZIP: 10605
(914) 422-2182
High
Total Enrollment 2121
Post Road School
175 W Post Rd
ZIP: 10606
(914) 422-2320
Primary
Total Enrollment 638
Lee F Jackson School
Saratoga Rd
ZIP: 10607
(914) 948-2992
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Richard J Bailey School
33 Hillside Ave S
ZIP: 10607
(914) 948-8107
Middle
Total Enrollment 360

White Plains Private Schools

Good Counsel Academy Elementary School
52 N Broadway
ZIP: 10603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 143
Mohawk Country Day School
200 Old Tarrytown Rd
ZIP: 10603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
Archbishop Stepinac High School
950 Mamaroneck Ave
ZIP: 10605
Secondary
Total Enrollment 617
German School New York
50 Partridge Rd
ZIP: 10605
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 332
John A Coleman School
317 North St
ZIP: 10605
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
Our Lady Of Sorrows School
888 Mamaroneck Ave
ZIP: 10605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 193
Ridgeway Nursery School & Kindergarten
465 Ridgeway
ZIP: 10605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Kodomono Kuni
252 Soundview Ave
ZIP: 10606
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
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