Fredonia is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 10,705 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Fredonia is the 167th largest community in New York. Fredonia has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.
Fredonia is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 85.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fredonia is a village of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fredonia who work in sales jobs (11.81%), management occupations (11.81%), and teaching (11.46%).
Fredonia is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Fredonia to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
One of the benefits of Fredonia is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.45 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.
The education level of Fredonia ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Fredonia, 41.45% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Fredonia in 2010 was $23,962, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,848 for a family of four. However, Fredonia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Fredonia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fredonia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fredonia include German, Irish, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Fredonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.