Niagara Falls, NY
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Niagara Falls is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 48,916 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Niagara Falls is the 19th largest community in New York. Niagara Falls has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Niagara Falls isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Niagara Falls are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Niagara Falls is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Niagara Falls who work in office and administrative support (16.54%), sales jobs (12.67%), and food service (7.02%).

A lot of people in Niagara Falls take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Niagara Falls, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In terms of college education, Niagara Falls is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.38% of adults 25 and older in Niagara Falls have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Niagara Falls in 2010 was $19,964, 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 $79,856 for a family of four. However, Niagara Falls contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Niagara Falls is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Niagara Falls home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Niagara Falls residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Niagara Falls include German, Irish, Polish, and English.

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