Amsterdam, NY
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Amsterdam is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 18,008 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Amsterdam is the 100th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Amsterdam was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Amsterdam isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Amsterdam are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Amsterdam is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Amsterdam who work in office and administrative support (14.06%), sales jobs (9.97%), and food service (7.74%).

The percentage of adults in Amsterdam with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.44% of adults in Amsterdam have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Amsterdam in 2010 was $20,898, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,592 for a family of four. However, Amsterdam contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Amsterdam is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Amsterdam home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Amsterdam residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Amsterdam also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.87% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Amsterdam include Irish, Polish, German, and English.

The most common language spoken in Amsterdam is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.