Olean, NY
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Olean is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 13,870 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Olean is the 135th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Olean was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Olean isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Olean are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Olean is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olean who work in office and administrative support (18.99%), sales jobs (12.75%), and management occupations (9.24%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Olean spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.96 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of people in Olean who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.23% of adults in Olean have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Olean in 2010 was $25,403, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,612 for a family of four. However, Olean contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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