Hamilton, NY
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Hamilton is a very small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 4,176 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hamilton is the 364th largest community in New York. Hamilton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.

Hamilton is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 91.23% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hamilton is a village of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hamilton who work in teaching (28.65%), food service (9.84%), and office and administrative support (8.63%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Hamilton has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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

A relatively large number of people in Hamilton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.96% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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.

Overall, Hamilton’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

Residents of the village have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.21 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Hamilton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Hamilton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.82% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hamilton in 2010 was $19,754, 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 $79,016 for a family of four. However, Hamilton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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