Geneseo, NY
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Geneseo is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 8,173 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Geneseo is the 220th largest community in New York.

Geneseo is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 92.56% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Geneseo is a village of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Geneseo who work in teaching (16.46%), food service (12.99%), and sales jobs (12.83%).

Of important note, Geneseo is also a village of artists. Geneseo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Geneseo’s character.

Geneseo is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Geneseo to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

One of the benefits of Geneseo is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.28 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.

Geneseo is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.97% of adults in Geneseo have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Geneseo in 2010 was $13,522, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $54,088 for a family of four. However, Geneseo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Geneseo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.54% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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