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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Hawthorne is a suburb of New York City with a population of 4,510. Hawthorne is in Westchester County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Hawthorne offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hawthorne there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many retirees live in Hawthorne and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Hawthorne are highly rated.
About Hawthorne...
Population
4,510

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$547,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,510
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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Hawthorne Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Hawthorne

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$95,759
National
$55,322
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Hawthorne Reviews

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I think Hawthorne is a great town. It's quiet with homes that are well taken care of. Crime is virtually non existent. My parents bought our house in 1957 and the area is what it was then, a bedroom community. The schools were very good during my time there. If your looking for a lot of action and night life this is not the area for you. If your looking for a peaceful place to live with a good school system and numerous other amenities, then Hawthorne may be the place. I like the smaller stores Hawthorne has to offer rather than the typical big names, gives it more of a home town feel.
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Hawthorne is a working class/lower middle class hamlet in the town of Mount Pleasant. What is has going for it is easy access to New York City and a few high end corporate businesses on 9A. The not-so-great part about living here is that the roads are not kept up at all and there's been little to no investment into the infrastructure. We've lived here for more than 20 years and have never had our street paved or improved in all that time. Also, it's the only place I've lived where "Broadway" is a dead-end street. That's the kind of zoning that happens here.

The "business district" on Commerce/Elwood is very sad looking, with lots of storefronts and restaurants closed or with "For Rent/Sale" signs that have been up for years. Walking on the sidewalks on Commerce Street is an exercise in comedy as there are utility poles that jut out in the center of the walkway and buildings that seem to challenge any kind of setback ordinance that might exist. It's definitely an area that grew up on automobile worship with little thought given to the many pedestrians who walk to the train everyday.

The town (Mount Pleasant) has been run by Republicans who run unopposed or virtually unopposed every couple of years. So there's little incentive to improve services or zoning.

The upside is that, for Westchester County, it's fairly affordable and very safe. The schools are good and lots of people commute to NYC or nearby White Plains for work via the Metro-North railroad. We've had great neighbors and generally enjoyed living here despite the area's shortcoming.
I love my neighborhood, as its very family friendly and full of wonderful people. There are great schools for younger students, and as one gets older the school system is still not bad.