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Westchester lies directly north of New York City, with access to major highways, parkways, and commuter rail lines. Within its 450 square miles reside almost 925,000 people and the headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies (IBM, Texaco, International Paper, PepsiCo, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts).

In Westchester, Con Edison has 349,000 residential and commercial electric customers and 232,000 residential and commercial gas customers.

Westchester's earliest settlements - Rye, Mamaroneck, Eastchester, and Bedford - were English, and established in the 17th century. Today, Westchester has four major centers (cities) Yonkers, Mount Vernon, White Plains, and New Rochelle; six intermediate centers; and dozens of villages and hamlets. The 2000 U.S. Census shows a 5.6 percent increase in population since 1990, the first population increase since the 1970 Census. The 2000 Census also reported that Westchester County had almost 350,000 housing units ranging from single-family detached to attached high-density multi-family units. The median price of a single-family home in Westchester was $407,000 in 20001.

Westchester has more than 30,000 businesses or organizations. Except for manufacturing, all other major industry sectors have been expanding. Over the last decade, mergers and downsizing have reshaped many of Westchester's major employers and outsourcing has generated many new entrepreneurial opportunities.

A rich cultural history, breathtaking scenic beauty, and a close proximity to Manhattan have produced an area unique in its combination of rural character and urban sophistication.

1 Westchester-Putnam Multiple Listing Service, Inc. 2000 Fourth Quarter and Full Year residential Real Estate Sales Report.

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