Port Jervis, NY
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Port Jervis is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 8,609 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Port Jervis is the 204th largest community in New York. Port Jervis 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, Port Jervis is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Port Jervis is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Jervis who work in office and administrative support (16.43%), sales jobs (11.13%), and food service (6.78%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.83% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

The percentage of adults in Port Jervis who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.45% of the adults in Port Jervis have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Port Jervis in 2010 was $22,055, 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 $88,220 for a family of four. However, Port Jervis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Port Jervis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.