Geneva, NY
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Geneva is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 13,062 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Geneva is the 149th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Geneva was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Geneva isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Geneva are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Geneva is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Geneva who work in sales jobs (12.05%), office and administrative support (11.27%), and food service (9.63%).

Geneva is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Geneva area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Geneva maintain a good economy.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.35 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of people in Geneva who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.52% of adults in Geneva have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Geneva in 2010 was $19,839, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,356 for a family of four. However, Geneva contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Geneva is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Geneva home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Geneva residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Geneva also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.77% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Geneva include Italian, German, English, and French .

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