Amsterdam, NY

Amsterdam profile

Living in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 17,766 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Amsterdam is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (11.86%), sales jobs (11.71%), and management occupations (7.17%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Amsterdam rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.41% of adults 25 and older in Amsterdam have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Amsterdam in 2018 was $21,978, 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 $87,912 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 31.14% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Amsterdam include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

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