Troy, NY
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Troy is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 49,906 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Troy is the 20th largest community in New York. Troy has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Troy is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Troy is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Troy who work in office and administrative support (18.56%), sales jobs (10.07%), and teaching (8.79%).

Also of interest is that Troy has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Troy is a college town. There are a lot of students in Troy attending college, and as a result Troy provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Troy has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Troy has quite a high level of public transit users. Troy’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

In terms of college education, Troy is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.42% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Troy in 2010 was $21,635, which is low income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,540 for a family of four. However, Troy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Troy is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Troy home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Troy residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Troy include Italian, German, French , and English.

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