Westchester County, New York

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Westchester County 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 diverse population of approximately 950,000, residing in 45 municipalities. It was named after the city of Chester in England, and the county seat is White Plains.

Its geographical setting is favorable, with New York City and Long Island Sound on the south, Putnam County on the north, Connecticut on the east, Rockland County on the west. Westchester became the first large scale suburban area in the world to develop. Its significance as a suburb derived mostly from the upper-middle class development of entire communities in the late nineteenth century, and the rapid population growth that occurred as a result.[1]

According to 2006 HUD data, the median income for a household of one person in the county was $75,427 and the median income for a family of four was $96,500.[2][3] Westchester County ranks number two (number one being Manhattan) for wealthiest counties in New York State and the seventh wealthiest county nationally. Westchester County has long been associated with "old money" and some of the country's wealthiest families for generations, along with other places such as Greenwich, Connecticut, and Long Island's Gold Coast and Five Towns.

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