White Plains has the 493rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 2.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. White Plains 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 White Plains is above average at $61,300, and the median cost of a home in White Plains is $507,800, which is above the national average. 47% of workers in White Plains hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 86% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in White Plains. 55% of White Plains workers drive to work alone, 21% take public transit, 6% carpool, and 16% walk. People in White Plains spend an average of 26 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.