Plattsburgh, NY
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Plattsburgh is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 19,806 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Plattsburgh is the 84th largest community in New York.

Plattsburgh is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plattsburgh is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Plattsburgh who work in sales jobs (14.51%), office and administrative support (14.19%), and food service (13.93%).

Plattsburgh is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Plattsburgh area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Plattsburgh maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Plattsburgh spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.83 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Plattsburgh citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.53% of adults in Plattsburgh have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Plattsburgh in 2010 was $21,682, which is low income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,728 for a family of four. However, Plattsburgh contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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