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 92.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hamilton is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hamilton who work in teaching (27.70%), office and administrative support (12.14%), and management occupations (9.80%).

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.

Hamilton 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 Hamilton area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Hamilton maintain a good 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 13.92 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Hamilton. 60.99% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hamilton in 2010 was $19,939, 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 $79,756 for a family of four. However, Hamilton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hamilton is a somewhat 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 Black or African-American. 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 Chinese.