Schenectady, NY
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Living in Schenectady


Schenectady is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 65,273 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Schenectady is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (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 2018 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.