Rensselaer, NY
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Living in Rensselaer


Rensselaer is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 9,212 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Rensselaer is the 195th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Rensselaer was built prior to World War II, 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, Rensselaer is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rensselaer is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rensselaer who work in office and administrative support (12.64%), healthcare (8.04%), and management occupations (7.53%).

In Rensselaer, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Rensselaer is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

In terms of college education, Rensselaer is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.18% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rensselaer in 2010 was $29,622, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,488 for a family of four. However, Rensselaer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rensselaer is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rensselaer home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rensselaer residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rensselaer include Irish, German, Italian, French, and English.

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