Delhi, NY
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Delhi is a very small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 3,157 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Delhi is the 454th largest community in New York. Delhi has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Delhi is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Delhi is a village of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Delhi who work in food service (20.34%), sales jobs (11.48%), and office and administrative support (8.86%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.03% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Delhi is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Delhi area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Delhi maintain a good economy.

Residents of the village have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.85 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Delhi is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.64% of adults in Delhi have a college degree.

The per capita income in Delhi in 2010 was $13,174, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $52,696 for a family of four. However, Delhi contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Delhi is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Delhi home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Delhi residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Delhi also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.82% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Delhi include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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

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