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 (15.86%), sales jobs (9.67%), and food service (7.02%).

A lot of people in Schenectady take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Schenectady, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The education level of Schenectady citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.29% of adults in Schenectady have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Schenectady in 2010 was $22,874, 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 $91,496 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 10.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Schenectady include Italian, Irish, German, Guyanese, and Polish.

Schenectady also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.94%.

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