Oneonta, NY
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Oneonta is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 13,862 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Oneonta is the 138th largest community in New York. Oneonta has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Oneonta is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.36% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oneonta is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oneonta who work in teaching (16.02%), sales jobs (13.00%), and office and administrative support (11.26%).

Also of interest is that Oneonta has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Oneonta is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Oneonta to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

One of the benefits of Oneonta is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.58 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Oneonta has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Oneonta are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.01% of adults in Oneonta have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oneonta in 2010 was $17,913, 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 $71,652 for a family of four. However, Oneonta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Oneonta also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.96% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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