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. Amsterdam has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 (14.76%), sales jobs (8.14%), and management occupations (6.78%).

The percentage of adults in Amsterdam with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.01% of adults in Amsterdam have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Amsterdam in 2010 was $22,271, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,084 for a family of four. However, Amsterdam contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Amsterdam is a very 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 27.72% 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.