Rochester, NY
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Rochester is a relatively large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 209,802 people and 141 constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the seventh largest community in New York. Rochester has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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, Rochester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rochester is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rochester who work in office and administrative support (14.19%), sales jobs (10.03%), and food service (7.82%).

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

Many people in Rochester take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Rochester citizens for affordable transportation.

The population of Rochester 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 Rochester, 23.78% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rochester in 2010 was $19,158, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,632 for a family of four. However, Rochester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Rochester also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.47% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Rochester is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rochester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rochester residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Rochester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rochester include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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