Westchester County, locally known as Westchester, is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. Westchester covers an area of 450 square miles (1,200 km2) and has a population of 949,113 according to the 2010 Census, containing 45 municipalities. The county, established in 1683, was named after the city of Chester in England. The county seat of Westchester is the City of White Plains.
The county's location puts New York City and Long Island Sound to its south, Putnam County to its north, Fairfield County, Connecticut on its east, and Rockland County as well as New Jersey to the west across of the Hudson River. Westchester became the first suburban area of its scale in world to develop. Its significance as a suburb derived mostly from the upper-middle class development of entire communities in the late 19th century, and the rapid population growth that occurred as a result.
According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, the per-capita income in the county was $47,814 and the median income for a household in the county was $77,006. In terms of household income, Westchester County ranks number five (after Nassau County, Putnam County, Suffolk County, and Rockland County) for wealthiest county in New York State and the forty-seventh wealthiest county nationally. Westchester County ranks second immediately after New York County in terms of highest median income per person—with its higher concentration of incomes in smaller households.
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Take a quick video tour of beautiful Westchester County, New York. (above)