Mount Vernon is the eighth most populous city in the state of New York. Northside Mount Vernon has a suburban look while Southside Mount Vernon has a very urban feel, nearly mirroring its border with the New York City borough, The Bronx.
The city's downtown business district is also located on the city's south side, which features the City Hall, Office buildings, and other municipal establishments. Mount Vernon was named after the Virginia plantation where George Washington spent his final years, just as neighboring Wakefield was named after the plantation where he was born. However, the name Mt. Vernon precedes Washington. It was founded in the 17th Century by Anne Hutchinson and named for its green mount (i.e. Mount Vernon.)