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. Much of the housing stock in Schenectady was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Schenectady isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Schenectady are a mix of both white- and blue-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 citizens of Schenectady are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.82% of adults in Schenectady having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.