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 93.78% 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 (19.12%), sales jobs (13.73%), and office and administrative support (11.14%).

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 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 Geneseo 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Geneseo spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.33 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the village are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Geneseo are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.90% of adults in Geneseo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Geneseo in 2010 was $12,767, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $51,068 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 46.54% 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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