About Rye, NY
Rye is a medium-sized coastal city in southern Westchester County, New York. With a population of around 16,000 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Rye is the 120th largest community in New York.
Rye the city is separate from the town of Rye, which has more land area than the city. Rye city, formerly the village of Rye, was part of the town until it received its charter as a city in 1942. Rye is the youngest city in New York state.
Rye is mostly residential made up of primarily families with children. Residents of Rye tend to boast its small size and tight-knit community as one of its greatest strengths.
Rye has a population of a little over 6,000 as of 2017. Many families with children live in Rye, making the city a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. Rye has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Rye’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country.
Over 90% of Rye residents are white, followed closely by Asian at 5%. However, Rye is an extremely ethnically-diverse village with people of Irish, Italian, German, English, and Russian origin. Sixteen percent of people within Rye are foreign-born and over 18% speak a language other than English - most commonly Spanish and Portuguese - in the home.
The citizens of Rye are among the most well-educated in the nation. Over 70% of Rye residents have at least a Bachelor’s degree and the median household income is $172,422 - over double the national average income of around $60,000.
Over 60% of Rye residents are employed, mostly with white-collar jobs in management, sales, and administrative support. More people living in Rye work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. Rye also has a strong contingent of artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities across the nation.
Commuting from Rye to NYC
In Rye, the average commute to work is 37.7 minutes, quite higher than the national average.
The Metro-North Railroad runs between Rye train station and Manhattan's Grand Central Station, in midtown Manhattan, at least once an hour, seven days a week. The estimated travel time between the two stations is 1 hour and 15 minutes. From Rye, the estimated drive to Manhattan by car - depending on destination - is 38 minutes.
Close to 10% of Rye residents telecommute.
In Rye, over 115 Italian restaurants and pizzerias make up the majority of the restaurants available in the small city. Examples include Aurora Ristorante, Sunrise Pizzeria, Rafele, and Rosemary and Vine.
Outside of Italian, there are also close to 40 Asian-fusion restaurants - including sushi spot Fogama and Asian bistro Water Moon - and 25 seafood restaurants - including Saltaire Oyster Bar & Fish House and Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro - operate in Rye.
The Rye real estate market is not only among the most expensive in New York, but consistently ranks among the most expensive in all of America. In Rye, there are 5,445 houses or apartments with a median home cost of $1.6M. Accounting for close to 65% of housing, single-family detached dwellings are the most common. Other types of housing in Rye include large apartment complexes or high-rise apartments (24.1%), row houses or town homes (6.17%) and small apartment buildings (5.04%).
About 35% of the housing in Rye was primarily built before 1939, making Rye’s housing stock some of the oldest overall in America. However, the age of the housing stock in Rye varies - with 34.2% of housing built between 1940-1969, 22.1% between 1970-1999, and a growing 8.13% built between 2000 and today.
Average Days on Market: 276
Average Price per Square Foot: $395
Percentage of Asking Price: 79%
Median Sales Price: $2.2M
Median Home Value: $1.6M
Average Rent per month: $3,513/month
Rye City School District has three public elementary schools for Grades Kindergarten through Grade 5: Osborn School, Milton School and Midland School). Rye Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Rye High School (Grades 9-12) are part of the same campus and the two buildings are connected. The Rye School of Leadership, part of Rye High School, serves high school students who learn best in a non-traditional educational environment.
There are three private schools in Rye: Resurrection School (Kindergarten - Grade 8), Rye Country Day School (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12) and School of the Holy Child (All Girl Catholic School; Grades 5-12).
Rye’s Recreation Department and nearby Village of Rye Brook provide services and programs for pre-school through senior adults, including spring and summer camps, sports programs, educational programs, and more.
The Rye YMCA provides after-school programs, enrichment classes, swim school, a gymnastics program and sports programs (lacrosse, karate, soccer, multi-sports, basketball, basketball league, outdoor football, baseball, and soccer) for youth. Rye Free Reading Room, run by Rye Public Library, and Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library both offer a wide range of events and activities for kids.
The Rye Youth Council facilitates a safe connection between youth (Grade 8 - 22 years of age) and employers, offers workshops to develop teens' self-esteem, self-confidence, essential communications skills and habits, and provides a panel series for high school and college aged students.
For youth interested in the arts, The Rye Arts Center provides creative programming, classes and workshops featuring dance, music, drawing, painting, ceramics and more.
Child-centered campus Kids U, located in nearby Port Chester, provides "Mommy and Me” gym classes, non-competitive open gym classes, martial arts courses, and Ninja Warrior (obstacle-based) classes, in addition to summer camps and birthday parties. Westchester Children’s Museum is also a popular place for hands-on exhibits and programs for pre-schoolers through middle schoolers.
Things to Do
Shopping and Groceries
If you need to go grocery shopping, Whole Foods, ACME Markets, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, and Stop & Shop all have locations in or near Rye, NY. If you want a more local food shopping experience, Shop Smart Food Mart, The Harrison Market, Gavi’s Grocery, and Down to Earth Farmers Market are all nearby options.
Rye is also located less than a 20-minute drive away from shopping malls The Westchester, Galleria at White Plains and or The Mall at Bay Plaza. Rye Ridge Shopping Center, located at South Ridge Street and Bowman Avenue within Rye, offers a wide range of food, retail and speciality stores.
Articles About Living in Rye
Rent vs. Buy: Suburban Edition (2018) New York Times highlighted the trend of renting over buying in Rye and surrounding communities. The article features one family (Scott and Nina Ackerman) selling in Rye and renting in Darien and one family (Harper and Scott Mates) who recently purchased a house in Rye after renting initially.
Rye Ranked One of the State’s Best Suburbs (2017) Rye Patch reports that Niche.com ranked Rye #9 in the “Top 100 Best Suburbs To Live in New York.”
These Are The 10 Best Places In New York (2014) Rye is ranked eighth in the list of top 10 places to live in New York according to national real estate brokerage Movoto’s blog.
Best Places to Live in Westchester in 2013: Rye, NY (2013) Westchester Magazine voted Rye the best place to live within Westchester in 2013. The article interviews resident Carol Annett and describes how she came to live in Rye.
Schools, Easy Commute Top Rye Checklist (2012) Wall Street Journal covers the real estate landscape in Rye and what draws people to the city.
If You’re Thinking of Living In Rye; A Wealth of Choices Along the Sound (2002) New York Times features an article about Rye and what draws residents to the city. The article highlights residents and explains why they chose to live in Rye.