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Overview

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

Demographics

People

Total Population199,725
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+89,680
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married42.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32%
Median Earnings25+$43,422
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,365
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,036

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,111
% Above Poverty Level83%
% Below Poverty Level17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work5%
% Using Public Transportation27.3%

Housing

People Living Alone31.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,252
Median House Value$379,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)51.3%
Italian14.2%
Irish10.9%
West Indian3.8%
German3.4%
Arab2.3%
Polish2.2%
Jamaican1.7%
Russian1.3%
Albanian1.2%
Portuguese1.1%
African1.1%
English1%
Jordanian0.9%
Greek0.9%
Haitian0.7%
Ukrainian0.6%
Guyanese0.5%
French Except Basque0.5%
Scottish0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Czech0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Ghanaian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Swedish0.2%
British0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Barbadian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Yonkers Almanac

CategoryValue
County Westchester County
Standard Zip Codes10701, 10702, 10703, 10704, 10705, 10710, 10708, 10709, 10707, 10706
Phone Area Codes347,914
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.94
Approximate Longitude-73.86

Yonkers Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDOBBS FERRY ARDSLEY
Distance5.9 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
StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 84 F
Oct Temp50 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationSUFFERN
Distance18.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bronxville6,395$250
Mount Vernon68,217$65,578
Pelham Manor5,564$204,250
Tuckahoe1,188$100,660

Yonkers Public Libraries

Yonkers Public Library
ONE LARKIN CENTER
Yonkers, New York
(914) 337-1500

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Yonkers Hospitals

Sjrh - St Johns Division
967 North Broadway
St Joseph's Medical Center
127 South Broadway
Sjrh - Park Care Pavilion
2 Park Avenue
St. John's Riverside Hospital Parkcare
(Non-profit)
2 Park Ave
(914) 964-4444
St. Joseph's Hospital Yonkers
(Non-profit)
107 S Broadway
(914) 378-7000

Yonkers Public Schools

Casimir Pulaski School
150 Kings Cross
ZIP: 10583
(914) 376-8575
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Charter School Of Educational Excellence
260 Warburton Ave
ZIP: 10701
(914) 476-5070
Primary
Total Enrollment 660
Enrico Fermi School For The Performing Arts
27 Poplar St
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8460
Primary
Total Enrollment 944
Foxfire School
1061 N Broadway
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8563
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Greenburgh Academy
108 Shonnard Pl
ZIP: 10701
(914) 476-1938
High
Total Enrollment 135
Mlk Jr High Tech & Computer Magnet School
135 Locust Hill Ave
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8470
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Museum School 25
579 Warburton Ave
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8450
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Paideia School 24
50 Colin St
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8640
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Palisade Preparatory School
201 Palisade Ave
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8177
High
Total Enrollment 628
Riverside High School
565 Warburton Ave
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8425
High
Total Enrollment 934
Saunders Trades & Technical High School
183 Palmer Rd
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8150
High
Total Enrollment 1191
Scholastic Academy For Academic Excellence
77 Park Hill Ave
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8420
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
School 16
759 N Broadway
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8340
Primary
Total Enrollment 692
School 23
56 Van Crtlnd Prk Av
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8445
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
School 5
118 Lockwood Ave
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8320
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Thomas Cornell Academy
15 St Mary's Pl
ZIP: 10701
(914) 376-8315
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Cross Hill Academy
160 Bolmer Ave
ZIP: 10703
(914) 376-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 605
Gorton High School
100 Shonnard Pl
ZIP: 10703
(914) 376-8350
High
Total Enrollment 973
School 22
1408 Nepperhan Ave
ZIP: 10703
(914) 376-8440
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
School 9
53 Fairview St
ZIP: 10703
(914) 376-8325
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Lincoln High School
375 Kneeland Ave
ZIP: 10704
(914) 376-8400
High
Total Enrollment 1209
Rosmarie Ann Siragusa School
60 Crescent Pl
ZIP: 10704
(914) 376-8570
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
School 17
745 Midland Ave
ZIP: 10704
(914) 376-8345
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Yonkers Montessori Academy
160 Woodlawn Ave
ZIP: 10704
(914) 376-8540
Other
Total Enrollment 1357
Cedar Place Elementary School
20 Cedar Pl
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8969
Primary
Total Enrollment 634
Eugenio Maria De Hostos Microsociety School
75 Morris St
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8430
Primary
Total Enrollment 619
Montessori School 27
132 Valentine Ln
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8455
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Pearls Hawthorne School
350 Hawthorne Ave
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8250
Primary
Total Enrollment 1001
School 13
195 Mclean Ave
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8335
Primary
Total Enrollment 705
School 21
100 Lee Ave
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8435
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Yonkers High School
150 Rockland Ave
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8191
High
Total Enrollment 1159
Yonkers Middle School
150 Rockland Ave
ZIP: 10705
(914) 376-8191
Middle
Total Enrollment 485
Paideia School 15
175 Westchester Ave
ZIP: 10707
(914) 376-8645
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Patricia A Dichiaro School
373 Bronxville Rd
ZIP: 10708
(914) 376-8566
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
School 30
30 Nevada Pl
ZIP: 10708
(914) 376-8590
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Family School 32
1 Montclair Pl
ZIP: 10710
(914) 376-8595
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
Kahlil Gibran School
18 Rosedale Rd
ZIP: 10710
(914) 376-8580
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Montessori School 31
7 Ravenswood Rd
ZIP: 10710
(914) 376-8623
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Robert C Dodson School
105 Avondale Rd
ZIP: 10710
(914) 376-8159
Primary
Total Enrollment 846
Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies
631 Tuckahoe Rd
ZIP: 10710
(914) 376-8500
High
Total Enrollment 830
School 29
47 Croydon Rd
ZIP: 10710
(914) 376-8585
Primary
Total Enrollment 628

Yonkers Private Schools

Andalusia School
380 Walnut St
ZIP: 10701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 281
City Harvest Academy
44 Hudson St
ZIP: 10701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Hudson View Christian Academy
170 Hudson Ter
ZIP: 10701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
Oakview Prep School Of Sda
29 Chestnut St
ZIP: 10701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 208
St Ann School
40 Brewster Ave
ZIP: 10701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 157
St Casimir School
259 Nepperhan Ave
ZIP: 10701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 168
The Orchard School
1156 N Broadway
ZIP: 10701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 145
Yonkers Christian Academy
229 N Broadway
ZIP: 10701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 113
Sacred Heart Grade School
34 Convent Ave
ZIP: 10703
Elementary
Total Enrollment 198
Sacred Heart High School
34 Convent Ave
ZIP: 10703
Secondary
Total Enrollment 401
St Anthony School
1395 Nepperhan Ave
ZIP: 10703
Elementary
Total Enrollment 239
Westchester School For Special Children
45 Park Ave
ZIP: 10703
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 266
St John The Baptist
670 Yonkers Ave
ZIP: 10704
Elementary
Total Enrollment 294
St Mark's Lutheran School
7 Saint Marks Pl
ZIP: 10704
Elementary
Total Enrollment 59
Stein Yeshiva Of Lincoln Park
287 Central Park Ave
ZIP: 10704
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
Eyes Ears Of The World
15 Leroy Ave
ZIP: 10705
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
New Testament Church School
306 Rumsey Rd
ZIP: 10705
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
St Paul The Apostle School
77 Lee Ave
ZIP: 10705
Elementary
Total Enrollment 181
St Peter's School
204 Hawthorne Ave
ZIP: 10705
Elementary
Total Enrollment 164
The Biondi School
463 Hawthorne Ave
ZIP: 10705
Secondary
Total Enrollment 267
Ferncliff Manor
1154 Saw Mill River Rd
ZIP: 10710
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 65
St Eugene School
707 Tuckahoe Rd
ZIP: 10710
Elementary
Total Enrollment 296
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