Utica, NY


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Utica is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 61,100 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Utica is the 14th largest community in New York. Utica has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Utica is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Utica is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Utica who work in office and administrative support (15.05%), sales jobs (8.60%), and teaching (7.55%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Utica spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.13 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Utica are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.39% of adults in Utica have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Utica in 2010 was $17,879, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,516 for a family of four. However, Utica contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Utica also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.24% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Utica is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Utica home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Utica residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Utica also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Utica include Irish, German, Polish, and Yugoslavian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Utica's cultural character, accounting for 18.92% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Utica is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Serbo-Croatian.