Oswego, NY
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Oswego is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 17,787 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Oswego is the 102nd largest community in New York. Oswego 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Oswego is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oswego is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oswego who work in office and administrative support (12.88%), food service (10.75%), and sales jobs (9.23%).

In addition, Oswego is a college town. There are a lot of students in Oswego attending college, and as a result Oswego provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Oswego spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Oswego is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.26% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oswego in 2010 was $23,078, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,312 for a family of four. However, Oswego contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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