Schenectady, NY
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Schenectady is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 65,575 people and 43 constituent neighborhoods, Schenectady is the 13th largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Schenectady was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Schenectady is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Schenectady is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Schenectady who work in office and administrative support (14.91%), sales jobs (9.13%), and food service (6.62%).

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

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

The population of Schenectady 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 Schenectady, 21.88% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Schenectady in 2010 was $24,059, which is lower middle income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,236 for a family of four. However, Schenectady contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Schenectady is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Schenectady home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Schenectady residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Schenectady also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Schenectady include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

In addition, Schenectady has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.72%).

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