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, Poughkeepsie isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Poughkeepsie are a mix 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 (12.62%), sales jobs (9.51%), and food service (8.53%).

Also of interest is that Poughkeepsie has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Poughkeepsie has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Poughkeepsie has quite a high level of public transit users. Poughkeepsie’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Poughkeepsie citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.00% of adults in Poughkeepsie have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Poughkeepsie in 2010 was $23,923, 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 $95,692 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 21.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poughkeepsie include Irish, Jamaican, German, and English.

In addition, Poughkeepsie has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.79%).

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