Newburgh, NY
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Newburgh is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 28,290 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Newburgh is the 46th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Newburgh was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Newburgh is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Newburgh is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Newburgh who work in sales jobs (12.15%), office and administrative support (12.07%), and food service (9.26%).

Many people in Newburgh take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use taxis to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Newburgh citizens for affordable transportation.

The percentage of people in Newburgh with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.24% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Newburgh in 2010 was $16,114, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,456 for a family of four. However, Newburgh contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Newburgh also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.37% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Newburgh is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Newburgh home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Newburgh, accounting for 49.34% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Newburgh residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Newburgh include Irish, German, Jamaican, and English.

In addition, Newburgh has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.16%).

The most common language spoken in Newburgh is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.