Schenectady, NY

Schenectady profile

Living in Schenectady

Schenectady is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 65,273 people and 43 constituent neighborhoods, Schenectady is the 13th largest community in New York. Schenectady has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Schenectady is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Schenectady is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Schenectady who work in office and administrative support (14.70%), sales jobs (8.61%), and food service (6.93%).

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

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

The education level of Schenectady citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.82% of adults in Schenectady have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Schenectady in 2018 was $24,459, 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 $97,836 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 10.78% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Schenectady include Italian, Irish, German, Guyanese, and Polish.

In addition, Schenectady has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.25%).

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