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 87.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plattsburgh is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plattsburgh who work in sales jobs (15.12%), office and administrative support (13.16%), and food service (12.44%).

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.

One of the benefits of Plattsburgh is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.69 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.

In terms of college education, Plattsburgh is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.59% of adults in Plattsburgh have a college degree.

The per capita income in Plattsburgh in 2010 was $21,494, 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 $85,976 for a family of four. However, Plattsburgh contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Spanish and French.