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Rockaway has the 3174th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 0.9% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Rockaway 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 Rockaway is above average at $61,300, and the median cost of a home in Rockaway is $344,300, which is above the national average. 31% of workers in Rockaway hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 92% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Rockaway. 77% of Rockaway workers drive to work alone, 5% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Rockaway spend an average of 28 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.

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