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. Rensselaer has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities, Rensselaer isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Rensselaer are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rensselaer is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rensselaer who work in office and administrative support (16.71%), healthcare (8.28%), and sales jobs (8.11%).
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, 22.79% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Rensselaer in 2010 was $28,156, 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 $112,624 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 French.