The 411: With one of the fastest growing economies in the area, Mount Vernon is one of the largest cities in the state—the third largest in Westchester—and is home to about 70,000 people in neighborhoods that range from the quaintly suburban to the densely urban. In fact, to observers, Mount Vernon can be seen as two cities: one a quiet, suburban shell surrounding a more active, populous downtown that shares a border with the Bronx. One of the county’s most diverse communities, with many of its homes dating back to the Roaring ’20s, Mount Vernon has a majority African American population and ethnicities from every corner of the globe. The city holds annual events like the Arts on Third Street Festival, Ben Gordon Day, the Summer Breeze Concert Series, and go-cart races through downtown. The city is also known for the largest library system and only athletic stadium in the county.
Size: 4.4 square miles
Median Home Sales Price: $450,000 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $9,608
Closest Metro-North Stops: Mount Vernon West (Harlem Line) and Mount Vernon East (New Haven Line) Time to Grand Central: 32 and 29 minutes, respectively Famous Residents (Past and Present): Dick Clark, director David Chase, Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, actor Denzel Washington, hip hop stars Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Pete Rock, and Earl "DMX" Simmons
Household: $47,128 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $55,573 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
59.6% African American 28.6% Caucasian 2.1% Asian 9.7% Other 10.5% Hispanic or Latino of any race (i.e., already counted in another category above)
Crime* *Sperling's Best Places Crime Index, based on 1 (best) through 10 (worst)
Violent Crime: 7 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 5 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3) FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 719 Murder: 2 Rape: 14 Robbery: 398 Assault: 305 Burglary: 383 Property Crimes: 1,717
Mount Vernon, Gramatan Avenue, circa 1948.
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