Elma, NY
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Elma is a somewhat small town located in the state of New York. With a population of 11,507 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Elma is the 165th largest community in New York.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Elma is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Elma is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elma who work in management occupations (12.57%), office and administrative support (10.95%), and teaching (10.38%).

Overall, Elma’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Elma is worth considering.

The population of Elma is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.48% of adults in Elma have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Elma in 2010 was $38,138, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $152,552 for a family of four.

The people who call Elma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elma residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Elma include Polish, Italian, Irish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Elma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Greek.