Elmira, NY
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Elmira is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 28,213 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Elmira is the 44th largest community in New York. Elmira has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Elmira is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Elmira is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Elmira who work in office and administrative support (14.75%), sales jobs (10.35%), and food service (8.50%).

One of the benefits of Elmira is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.92 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 Elmira 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 Elmira citizens for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Elmira rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.11% of adults 25 and older in Elmira have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Elmira in 2010 was $17,460, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,840 for a family of four. However, Elmira contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Elmira also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.37% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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