Binghamton, NY
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Binghamton is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 46,032 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Binghamton is the 21st largest community in New York. Binghamton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Binghamton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Binghamton is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Binghamton who work in office and administrative support (16.22%), sales jobs (11.69%), and food service (8.25%).

Also of interest is that Binghamton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Binghamton, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Binghamton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Binghamton spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.47 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Many people in Binghamton take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Binghamton citizens for affordable transportation.

The education level of Binghamton citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.39% of adults in Binghamton have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Binghamton in 2010 was $19,891, 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 $79,564 for a family of four. However, Binghamton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Binghamton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.95% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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