Mount Vernon, New York, is a thriving suburb of New York City located just to the north of the Bronx. The city’s neighborhoods are incredibly diverse, including everything from the luxury homes of the Northside area to the commercial sprawl of Mount Vernon Heights to the multi-family homes, apartments and housing projects of the South Side.
The city closely resembles New York City due to its close proximity, and the culture is just as rich. At least 98 different nationalities are represented in Mount Vernon, making it one of the most diverse cities in the United States. It is also the second-most densely populated city in New York and eleventh-most densely populated in the nation. The local culture reflects this, and the enormous variety of restaurants and cultural hot spots make the area very desirable for those who enjoy the city life. Places of worship for over 25 denominations dot the cityscape, among them St. Paul’s Church, a National Historic Site. The world-famous shows, restaurants, attractions and history of Manhattan are only 16 miles away as well.
Mount Vernon boasts a booming commercial sector, the main driving force of the city’s economy. Many prominent national companies are based there, including American Christmas and Tiffany and Company. There are plenty of public parks where residents can escape the hustle and bustle, the largest of which is Willson’s Woods Park, a 23-acre expanse that contains an innovative water playground and the unique opportunity to go fishing in the city. Mount Vernon is a haven for long-distance commuters because of its extensively integrated transportation system. County-run buses connect residents to Metropolitan Transit Authority rail systems, and two New York City buses even make stops in Mount Vernon. Despite all of these amenities, the area isn’t just for lovers of urban life. Outdoor enthusiasts can live in the city and still have access to adventure - the Catskill Mountains and their many hiking and skiing options are only a couple hours to the north.