About Harrison, NY
An affluent suburb in Westchester County, Harrison is located 22 miles northeast of Manhattan. Harrison has the unusual status of a town-village since a referendum in 1975.
The boundaries of Harrison are shaped like a figure-eight. The southern portion of the figure-eight is referred to as downtown Harrison, divided into four areas: The Brentwood, Sunnyridge, Sterling Ridge/The Trails, and Southern Downtown. The northern portion of the town consists of Purchase and “West Harrison,” a neighborhood south and further west of Purchase. A landlocked community, Harrison is surrounded by Mamaroneck, White Plains, Rye, Scarsdale and North Castle.
Harrison is also home to Westchester County Airport and the “Platinum Mile,” featuring the headquarters of major multinational corporations such as Morgan Stanley, MasterCard, PepsiCo and Pernod Ricard.
With a population just shy of 29,000 as of 2017, Harrison residents are primarily comprised of married couples and families. Within the 8,439 households in Harrison, an estimated 21% have children under the age of 18 living with them and a little over half have females living in the household.
Close to 80% of Harrison residents are white. The second largest racial makeup is Hispanic/Latino at around 12% and the third is Asian at around 9%. The town is also known for its large Italian American population with 30% of residents of Italian origin.
Over 60% of Harrison has a working job with a median income of $117,453 - almost double the national median income of around $60,000. Over 90% of Harrison residents have a high school diploma and 55% have at least a Bachelor’s degree.
Commuting from Harrison to NYC
Harrison is located 22 miles from New York City. The mean commute time to travel to work from the town is about 30 minutes. By car, it takes about 45 minutes depending on the route, traffic conditions and destination within Manhattan.
Harrison also offers its own Metro North train station. The train departs every 30 minutes from Harrison station to Grand Central terminal. The travel time is approximately 50 minutes.
Many commuters also drive down the Hutchinson River Parkway to the Cross Westchester Expressway, where they can easily enter highways leading south into the east and west sides of Manhattan. Harrison also provides convenient access to Interstates 287 and 84.
About 265 Italian restaurants and pizzerias make up the majority of the restaurants available in the town. Trattoria Vivolo, Porta Napoli, Piero’s Restaurant and Emilio Ristorante are commonly listed among the top Italian establishments in Harrison.
Outside of Italian, other top favorite restaurants in Harrison include Mediterranean restaurant 273 Kitchen, Peruvian restaurant Quenas Restaurant, Mexican restaurant Halstead Ave Taqueria, and sushi spot Hajime Japanese Restaurant.
Harrison real estate market is not only among the most expensive in New York, but one of the most expensive in all of America. Harrison has a median home value of around $1.14 million, more than five times the median home value for the country ($225,300 as of February 2019). The median list price per square foot in Harrison is $393, more than double the national average of $150.
Most of the real estate properties (56%) in Harrison are single-family homes, 28.7% are small apartment buildings, 9.7% are apartments/condos and 4.6% are townhomes. The most prevalent building size and type in Harrison are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes.
At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities, including Harrison. Therefore, a majority of the houses (42%) were built between 1940 and 1969 and slightly over 25% were built before 1939. The village has a mixture of owners and renters, with 55.84% owning and 44.16% renting with an average rent of $3,131 a month.
Average Price Per Square Feet: $321 - $393
Median Sales Price: $525K
Median Home Value: $1,155,700
Number of Homes/Apartments: 8,338 (56.9% are single-family homes; 4.6% Townhomes; 28.7% are small apartment buildings; 9.7% are apartments/condos)
Average Market Rent: $3,131/month
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Among one of the top school districts nationally and New York statewide, Harrison Central Public School District operates four elementary schools for youth in Kindergarten through fifth-grade: Harrison Avenue Elementary School, Purchase Elementary School, Samuel J. Preston Elementary School and Parsons Memorial Elementary School. Each elementary school serves a different region of Harrison: Purchase School serves Purchase; Preston School serves West Harrison; Parsons School serves South Downtown; and Harrison Avenue School serves the remaining area of downtown, Sunnyridge, Sterling Ridge/The Trails, and The Brentwood. Both located in Harrison’s downtown area, Harrison High School is the district high school and Louis M. Klein Middle School is the district middle school.
Founded in 1990, Keio Academy of New York, an overseas branch of a Japanese private school located in Purchase, is a private high school option for students in Grades 9-12. Located less than fifteen minutes away from Harrison in Rye, School of the Holy Child - an all-girl Catholic school in Rye for Grade 5-12 students - is another private option for students living in the area.
Harrison’s recreational department runs town pools, several playgrounds and parks, tennis courts, and three community centers - including The Leo Mintzer Center, which offers a game room, pool tables and a basketball court. Several youth and adult sports programs are also offered by the town Harrison, ranging from Little League to youth lacrosse. Harrison has three independent country clubs (Apawamis Club, Westchester Country Club and Willow Ridge Country Club) for families to join.
Within Harrison, there are multiple early childhood centers and nurseries that run before and after school programs, including Harrison Children’s Center, St. Gregory The Great Early Childhood Center, Jewish Community Center of Harrison Early Childhood Center, Please & Thank You Children’s Place LLC, Sakura Nursery LLC and EastRidge Enrichment Center (run by Bright Horizons).
Harrison Public Library offers youth-oriented programming, such as music classes, craft sessions, and reading programs, throughout the week. Children in Harrison can explore coding in Coditum’s Coding Classes at Purchase College; take the stage with performing arts center Star Kidz; expand their musical talents with Music Together (Sounds Good Westchester); learn a new language with Little Language League; or take a taekwondo at Bruce Chung’s Tae Kwon Do & Family Fitness.
For those interested in history, Harrison is also home to several historical structures registered by the National Register of Historic Places. Sites in Harrison include the pre-revolutionary built Hadden-Margolis House, Stony Hill Cemetery, and the Revolutionary War Battle of North White Plains Battlefield.
Things to Do
Shopping and Groceries
The closest shopping mall to Harrison is Rye Ridge Shopping Center, located less than a 15 minute drive from the town, which offers several major retail stores and restaurants. Harrison is also close to The Westchester, a major shopping mall in White Plains.
If you need to go grocery shopping, supermarket chains Trader Joe’s in Larchmont (approximately 4 miles away) and Stop & Shop in White Plains (about 6 miles away) have locations near Harrison. In the near future, Wegmans also plans to open a location off of Corporate Park Drive. Smaller more local supermarkets in Harrison include Acorn Farms Farmers’ Market, DeCiccio & Sons, The Harrison Market and Asian market Oishinbo. Roosters Market, located in White Plains, and Harvest Market in Mamaroneck are other alternative nearby options.
Articles About Living in Harrison
Full List: America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes (2015) In 2015, Forbes nominated Harrison one of the most expensive places in the U.S. to purchase a home based on its median home price.
These Are The 10 Best Places to Live in New York (2014) Harrison is ranked sixth in the list of top 10 places to live in New York according to national real estate brokerage Movoto’s blog.
Living in Harrison (2014) Herd: The Houlihan Lawrence Blog, a blog updated by real estate company Houlihan Lawrence, discusses the draws to living in Harrison. The post features pictures of some of the real estate properties in the town.
A Lovely Stretch of Suburban Opulence (2006) New York Times’ “Living In” section profiles Harrison, focusing primarily on the real estate available in the town.
If You’re Thinking of Living in Harrison (1994) From New York Times’ archives, this 1994 article discusses the history how the town of Harrison came to be, as well as a description of the real estate landscape at the time in the area.