New York has the largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.6% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. New York 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 New York is above average at $61,300, and the median cost of a home in New York is $425,100, which is above the national average. 29% of workers in New York hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 76% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Taking public transit is especially common in New York. 6% of New York workers drive to work alone, 59% take public transit, 1% carpool, and 32% walk. People in New York spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.