Schenectady, NY
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Schenectady is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 65,305 people and 43 constituent neighborhoods, Schenectady is the 13th largest community in New York. Schenectady 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, Schenectady isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Schenectady are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (15.47%), sales jobs (10.35%), and food service (7.85%).

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, 21.06% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Schenectady in 2010 was $21,257, 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 $85,028 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 10.94% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Schenectady include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

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