100 Fascinating Facts About Westchester County
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41. Our Pace University made the Forbes top 20 “Colleges That Will Make You Rich” list. The list also included Dartmouth College, Williams College, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California, Berkeley. Pace came in at 20.
42. Retail sales in Westchester County were almost $12 billion in 2002, ranking fourth among New York State counties. Our Department of Planning also ranked us fourth in overall sales volume and number of stores.
43. Among the state’s 62 counties, we are also fourth lowest in mortality and 20th lowest in overall morbidity. We are first in overall health behaviors (meaning we have low rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, motor vehicle crash deaths, sexually transmitted infections, and teen births) and ninth in social and economic factors (including rates of high school graduation, unemployment, children in poverty, single-parent households, violent crime, and others). In addition, our cancer rates are lower than those in the U.S. and are generally falling.
44. Yonkers High school is the 41st best high school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. Horace Greeley is 51st, Blind Brook 55th, and Rye High School 59th.
45. Golf Digest included three of our putt spaces—Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, Hudson National in Croton-on-Hudson, and Winged Foot East, also in Mamaroneck—in its list of the greatest golf courses in the country. Eight of ours made the state rankings.
46. Westchester County ranks among the top five counties in all of New York State in the number of pounds and gallons of synthetic pesticide applied to residential and commercial properties.
47. The county is the fifth most diverse in the state. Despite 75 percent of our population identifying as Caucasian, our “diversity index” (which measures the percent chance that two randomly selected students would be members of a different ethnic group) had risen to 61.7 in 2010, up from 55.1 in 2000. Westchester Magazine’s former home of Elmsford was the most diverse municipality.
48. With an adult illiteracy rate of 13.3 percent, we rank 51st among the 62 counties in the state, but we’re still way below the average state rate of 22.1 percent. The state’s high average is due partially to the fact that all five boroughs of New York City have rates ranging from 24.9 percent (New York County, aka Manhattan) to 45.6 percent (Queens county).
49. Yonkers is the 88th most religious city in the U.S.
50. Westchester ranked as the sixth county in New York in fastest broadband speed and seventh in the number of broadband providers, two crucial measures of modern development and business friendliness.
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