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. 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.

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%).

Many people in Schenectady 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 Schenectady citizens for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Schenectady are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.06% of adults in Schenectady having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.