About Westchester

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Westchester County, located just north of New York City, has a national reputation for its scenic beauty, waterfront communities, excellent school districts, and varied recreational and cultural facilities. Much of the region is comprised of self-contained communities, offering superb suburban and country-type living.

TRANSPORTATION: Westchester’s location has been a key factor in making this region one of the most attractive places to live, with its easy access to New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut, enhanced by a first-rate network of highways and an outstanding public transit system. The Metro North Railroad operates three separate lines and provides service to over 100,000 daily commuters. Three-fourths of the County’s population lives within a 45-minute commuter rail ride, of mid-town Manhattan. Westchester County Airport is within ½ hour commute, and the three major airports, JFK, LaGuardia and Newark are within a one-hour drive.

EDUCATION: The outstanding public school systems are committed to academic excellence, inter-scholastic athletics, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and technologically-enriched environments. They are dedicated to serving the needs of each, individual student. There are approximately forty public schools districts complemented by over 100 private, parochial and special schools. Within the public schools, there is, on average, a 15 to 1 student ratio. Students’ test scores consistently exceed national and statewide averages. Generally, 85% of all public school students went on to college.

PARKS, RECREATION, SHOPPING: A wide range of cultural events and recreational activities, reflecting an extensive diversity of interests, contribute significantly to the quality of life in Westchester. There are at least 51 County parks with 15,900 acres of beautiful parkland, 5 County, 2 municipal, and 43 private golf courses and clubs, 4 County trails with hiking, biking and equestrian trails, 41 nature centers and preserves, 5 county swimming pools, and numerous town pools, beaches, miniature golf courses, amusement parks, and many facilities for ice skating, skiing, musical events, ecology, and more. There are a bounty of historical sites, restaurants, museums, farmer’s markets, performing arts, craft fairs, sports centers and fitness clubs. There are several major, enclosed malls, in addition to local malls, conveniently located throughout the towns, along with area shops.

CLIMATE: The average temperature in Westchester is about 52 degrees, and average precipitation is 47 inches, including snow. Westchester County has gorgeous seasonal views. The Spring and Fall hold temperatures ranging from the 50’s to the 80’s, and people drive from far and wide to view the picturesque “changing of the leaves.” Winters are scattered with the classic, alluring sight of snowy days or nights.