Batavia, NY
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Batavia is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 15,010 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Batavia is the 125th largest community in New York. Batavia 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, Batavia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Batavia is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Batavia who work in office and administrative support (13.42%), sales jobs (10.25%), and food service (8.40%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Batavia spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.75 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Batavia are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.31% of adults in Batavia having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Batavia in 2010 was $22,715, 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 $90,860 for a family of four. However, Batavia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Batavia is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Batavia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Batavia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Batavia include Italian, Irish, Polish, and English.

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