Watervliet, NY
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Watervliet is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 10,214 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Watervliet is the 183rd largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Watervliet was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Watervliet is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Watervliet is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Watervliet who work in office and administrative support (23.76%), sales jobs (9.04%), and management occupations (7.37%).

In Watervliet, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Watervliet is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Watervliet citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.04% of adults 25 and older in Watervliet have a college degree.

The per capita income in Watervliet in 2010 was $25,043, which is lower middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,172 for a family of four. However, Watervliet contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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