White Plains (New York)

Westchester County


White Plains is a city in Westchester County, the State of New York, about 46 kilometers north of New York City. It is the administrative seat of Westchester County.

The city

White Plains is perhaps the most important suburb that has emerged outside the city limits of New York City. The settlement dates back to the colonial time back (the name is a translation of the Indian place name Quarropas, White Plains ). Since the mid- 1980s, they experienced a huge boom in commercial buildings and residential buildings.

By 2000 around have many important companies that had their headquarters so far in New York City, this moved to White Plains. The construction of the White Plains Galleria malls helped a construction wave in the downtown and at the Westchester Avenue (New York State Road 119) trigger, with a number of skyscrapers, shopping centers and apartment buildings.

In the last decade this trend persisted, so the city has become the focus for retail and management in Westchester County. A new courthouse for the Southern District of New York was opened in 1998. The influx of both many migrants (mostly from Mexico) as well as urban academics, who were attracted by the fast connection to Midtown Manhattan (30 minutes by express train ), giving the city a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Although the cost of living is lower than in New York City, including White Plains and Westchester County for its proximity to New York City to cities and counties with the highest cost of living in the United States.

White Plains is also the location of one of the six German schools in the U.S., the German School New York.

USS White Plains

White Plains was the site of a battle in the War of Independence of the United States, the Battle of White Plains on October 28, 1776 To commemorate the battle, two U.S. Navy ships have been christened USS White Plains. :

  • USS White Plains ( CVE -66 ): A Companion aircraft carrier of the Casablanca class in the Pacific ( 1943-1946 ). The ship has received numerous awards for his role in the Battle of Samar.
  • USS White Plains ( AFS -4 ) supply ship, Mars -Class ( 1968-1995 )


Here is a table showing the population of the censuses from 1900 to 2000 and an extrapolation of the United States Census Bureau for the year 2007:

Data obtained from the census in 2000 53.077 Population of White Plains lived in 20,921 households; among them were 12,704 families. The population density was 2,091 per km ². In place 21,576 housing units were recorded. Among the population was 64.9 % White, 15.9% African American, 4.5 % Asian, 0.3% American Indian and 10.4 % of other ethnic groups; 3.9 % reported belonging to several ethnic groups.

Among the 20,921 households 26.9 % had children under the age of 18; 45.7 % were single-person households. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size 3.14.

The population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 7.5 % from 18 to 24, 32.5 % 25-44 years, 23.6% from 45 to 64 years and 15.2 % of 65 years or older. The median age was 38 years.

The average household income was $ 58,545, the median family income $ 71,891; according to an estimate by the United States Census Bureau increased these two sizes up to 2007 to $ 73,744 and $ 92,215. The determined for the 2000 census, per capita income in White Plains was $ 33,825. Under the poverty line lived 9.2% of families and 12.4 % of the population.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Alfred Romer (1894-1973), paleontologist
  • Bert Lown (1903-1962), jazz violinist, composer and big band leader
  • Dan Duryea (1907-1968), actor
  • James Whitmore (1921-2009), actor
  • Ralph Waite (1928-2014), actor
  • George E. Smith ( b. 1930 ), scientists (Physics Nobel Laureate 2009)
  • Robert L. Spitzer ( born 1932 ), Professor of Psychiatry
  • Scott H. cleaner ( b. 1948 ), director, actor and Prince
  • Leon Parker (born 1965 ), jazz drummer
  • Carolyn Bessette - Kennedy (1966-1999), wife of the lawyer and publisher John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Mike McGlone (born 1972 ), actor and writer
  • DJ Danger Mouse ( born 1977 ), hip- hop producer
  • Mark Zuckerberg (* 1984), founder of Facebook