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Westchester County Towns Rank Among State's 'Hardest Working Places'

Lauro Hernandez, the manager and chef at Lange's Pizzeria in Scarsdale was hard at work on Monday. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The Lehr's combined the fruits of their labors to create this store. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Scarsdale is constantly evolving. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The Village of Scarsdale was named the state's "hardest working place." Photo Credit: Zak Failla

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – The Village of Scarsdale is known for many things: its illustrious schools, its bustling shopping corridor and its affluence, among others.

It can now claim the title of “Hardest Working Place in New York,” according to a Movoto Real Estate survey.

Scarsdale wasn’t alone on the list. Just behind, ranking second and third were Rye and Dobbs Ferry. Mamaroneck claimed fourth and Peekskill – one of two cities in the top 10 – ranked eighth.

To determine its rankings, Movoto looked at all 88 municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 to observe and rank four pieces of data that was collected from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey.

Movoto examined the adjusted median income of each place, compared to the cost of living; the average time spent commuting; unemployment rate and the average hours worked each week.

After being told of the criteria of the survey, Mamaroneck native Gene Grant said he wasn’t surprised Westchester County claimed half the spots in the top 10.

“Well, we’re the most taxed county in the country, right? We need to work extra hard to be able to pay those taxes,” he said. “We live in a wonderful area with wonderful schools. Sometimes you have to work harder than the next guy to enjoy those things.”

Despite its relatively small population (17,166), Scarsdale was tops in the state in two categories, with an average median household income of $237,135 and an average workweek of 43.2 hours. Villagers were also second with a 43-minute commute and the third lowest unemployment at 6.2 percent.

Christine Lehr, who works six days a week at her high-end jewelry, noted that Scarsdale residents are often on the clock at home, even when they’re off the clock at work. Her husband, Sam - for whom the store is named – commutes to Manhattan each day, but still built and designed the interior of their store over the course of nearly a year.

“My husband is really hard working. Everything in the store was build by him. So he was filling orders at work all day then making pieces for the store,” she said. “So in a way, he was the artist and designer and I’m selling and representing.”

The Village of Rye finished with top five rankings in three of the categories, but its $146,069 adjusted income ranked 23rd. Dobbs Ferry, with one of the smallest populations on the list at 10,875 people, tied with Scarsdale for unemployment rate and ranked 14th in adjusted income ($100,659) and commute time (39 hours).

Mamaroneck, with a population of 18,929, had the third most hours worked with 39.9 hours each week and unemployment rate, but their ranking suffered due to their 33rd ranked adjusted income ($86,307). Dobbs Ferry didn’t impress in any one category, but was a solider performer throughout, with its population working an average of 38.9 hours per week with a 35-minute commute and median household income of $57,784.

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