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. Much of the housing stock in Binghamton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Binghamton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Binghamton are a mix 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 (16.48%), sales jobs (10.94%), and teaching (8.26%).

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.

One of the benefits of Binghamton is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.00 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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 citizens of Binghamton are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.00% of adults in Binghamton having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Binghamton in 2010 was $19,946, 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 $79,784 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 33.92% 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 Other Indo-European.