Potsdam, NY
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Potsdam is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 9,688 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Potsdam is the 193rd largest community in New York. Potsdam has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Potsdam is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 87.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Potsdam is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Potsdam who work in teaching (21.53%), office and administrative support (14.51%), and sales jobs (10.22%).

Of important note, Potsdam is also a village of artists. Potsdam has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Potsdam’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Potsdam telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.48% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Potsdam 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 Potsdam area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Potsdam maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Potsdam spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.02 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the village are less than they would otherwise be.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Potsdam, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Potsdam is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 54.59% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Potsdam in 2010 was $16,171, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,684 for a family of four. However, Potsdam contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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