Rensselaer, NY
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Rensselaer is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 9,433 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.

Rensselaer is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Rensselaer is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rensselaer who work in office and administrative support (15.05%), healthcare (7.79%), and management occupations (7.47%).

Even though Rensselaer is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The population of Rensselaer overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Rensselaer, 23.19% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rensselaer in 2010 was $28,181, 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 $112,724 for a family of four. However, Rensselaer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rensselaer is a somewhat 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Rensselaer include German, Italian, English, and Dutch.

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