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Mount Vernon has the 394th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 2.0% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Mount Vernon is part of the New York City metro area. Unemployment in the New York City area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. New York City has the largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Mount Vernon is above average at $61,300, and the median cost of a home in Mount Vernon is $372,100, which is above the national average. 27% of workers in Mount Vernon hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 85% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Mount Vernon. 60% of Mount Vernon workers drive to work alone, 22% take public transit, 6% carpool, and 11% walk. People in Mount Vernon spend an average of 32 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.