Tonawanda, NY
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Tonawanda is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 14,907 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Tonawanda is the 131st largest community in New York.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Tonawanda is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Tonawanda is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tonawanda who work in office and administrative support (18.98%), sales jobs (12.18%), and food service (9.42%).

The population of Tonawanda 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 Tonawanda, 23.01% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Tonawanda in 2010 was $25,894, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,576 for a family of four. However, Tonawanda contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Tonawanda home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tonawanda residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Tonawanda include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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