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 90.92% 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 (15.68%), sales jobs (14.05%), and food service (11.42%).

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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Oneonta spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.38 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Oneonta, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.

Oneonta is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.08% of adults in Oneonta have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Oneonta in 2010 was $18,435, 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 $73,740 for a family of four. However, Oneonta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oneonta is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 French.