Poughkeepsie, NY
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Poughkeepsie is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 30,371 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Poughkeepsie is the 36th largest community in New York. Poughkeepsie has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Poughkeepsie is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Poughkeepsie is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Poughkeepsie who work in office and administrative support (13.36%), sales jobs (9.75%), and food service (9.59%).

A lot of people in Poughkeepsie take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Poughkeepsie, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The citizens of Poughkeepsie are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.39% of adults in Poughkeepsie having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Poughkeepsie in 2010 was $23,745, 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 $94,980 for a family of four. However, Poughkeepsie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Poughkeepsie is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Poughkeepsie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Poughkeepsie residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Poughkeepsie also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poughkeepsie include Irish, German, Jamaican, and English.

Poughkeepsie also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.58%.

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