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.

Niagara Falls is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.58%), sales jobs (12.60%), and food service (7.28%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Niagara Falls spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.97 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Niagara Falls rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.55% of adults 25 and older in Niagara Falls have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Niagara Falls in 2010 was $20,643, 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 $82,572 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, English, and Polish.

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