Schenectady, NY

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Population

65,705

0.23% growth

Median Age

36.4


Median Household Income

$43,174

4.68% growth

Poverty Rate

21%


Number of Employees

29,472

0.017% growth

Median Property Value

$110,800

1.86% decline

About

In 2017, Schenectady, NY had a population of 65.7k people with a median age of 36.4 and a median household income of $43,174. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Schenectady, NY grew from 65,554 to 65,705, a 0.23% increase and its median household income grew from $41,243 to $43,174, a 4.68% increase.

The population of Schenectady, NY is 54.7% White Alone, 19.4% Black or African American Alone, and 10.3% Hispanic or Latino. 14% of the people in Schenectady, NY speak a non-English language, and 94.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Schenectady, NY are Schenectady County Community College (654 degrees awarded in 2016), Union College (196866) (646 degrees), and Modern Welding School (103 degrees).

The median property value in Schenectady, NY is $110,800, and the homeownership rate is 51.9%. Most people in Schenectady, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Schenectady, NY is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Schenectady, NY employs 29.5k people. The largest industries in Schenectady, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,366 people), Retail Trade (4,250 people), and Educational Services (3,119 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($51,208), Utilities ($50,820), and Finance & Insurance ($48,586).

Median household income in Schenectady, NY is $43,174. Males in Schenectady, NY have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,246. The income inequality in Schenectady, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,174

2017 value

± $1,910

4.68%

1 Year Growth

± 5.48%

Households in Schenectady, NY have a median annual income of $43,174, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,243 in 2016, which represents a 4.68% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,804

Average Male Salary

± $1,164

$59,246

Average Female Salary

± $829

In 2017, full-time male employees in Schenectady, NY made 1.3 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $65,105 ± $849

  2. Asian

    $62,456 ± $2,350

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,207 ± $3,026

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Schenectady, NY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Schenectady, NY is from New York.

0.499

2017 Wage GINI

0.497

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.362% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 201.01

  2. Census Tract 205

  3. Census Tract 334

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Schenectady, NY was Census Tract 201.01 with a value of $65,391, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 334, with respective values of $60,321 and $60,104.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Schenectady, NY (13.1k out of 62.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 45 - 54 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    5,909 ± 643

  2. Black

    4,586 ± 629

  3. Hispanic

    2,523 ± 389

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Schenectady, NY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

29.5k

2017 Value

± 1,285

0.017%

1 Year growth

± 5.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Schenectady, NY grew at a rate of 0.017%, from 29.5k employees to 29.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Schenectady, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,674 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,851 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,069 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Schenectady, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Schenectady, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,674 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,851 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,069 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Schenectady, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.9 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.68 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Schenectady, NY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,000), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,191), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($64,506).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

29.5k

2017 Value

± 1,285

0.017%

1 Year growth

± 5.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Schenectady, NY grew at a rate of 0.017%, from 29.5k employees to 29.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Schenectady, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,366 people), Retail Trade (4,250 people), and Educational Services (3,119 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Schenectady, NY, though some of these residents may live in Schenectady, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Schenectady, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,366 people), Retail Trade (4,250 people), and Educational Services (3,119 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Schenectady, NY has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.47 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.31 times), and Retail Trade (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Schenectady, NY, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($51,208), Utilities ($50,820), and Finance & Insurance ($48,586).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics with $47.2B and Misc. mfg. prods. and $45.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New York products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New York trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New York shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.2% of the population of Schenectady, NY has health coverage, with 38.2% on employee plans, 31% on Medicaid, 8.76% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 1.09% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Schenectady, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Schenectady, NY see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1199 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1240 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 393 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in New York see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1,199 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.8%

Uninsured

38.2%

Employer Coverage

31%

Medicaid

8.76%

Medicare

13.2%

Non-Group

1.09%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Schenectady, NY declined by 11.7% from 8.83% to 7.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Schenectady, NY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New York by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Schenectady, NY is home to a population of 65.7k people, from which 94.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.9% of Schenectady, NY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Schenectady, NY is composed of 35.9k White Alone residents (54.7%), 12.7k Black or African American Alone residents (19.4%), 6.75k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.3%), 4.01k Asian Alone residents (6.1%), 3.18k Some Other Race Alone residents (4.84%), 2.78k Two or More Races residents (4.23%), 293 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.446%), and 23 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.035%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Schenectady, NY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,721 speakers), Chinese (679 speakers), and Italian (540 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Schenectady, NY was 36.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Schenectady, NY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Schenectady, NY residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

15.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 15.9% of Schenectady, NY residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Schenectady, NY was 15.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,406 ± 17,230 people

  2. China

    402,542 ± 15,418 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,917 ± 11,952 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Schenectady, NY was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,406 Schenectady, NY residents, followed by China with 402,542 and Jamaica with 239,917.

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Citizenship

94.7%

2017 Citizenship

94.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.7% of Schenectady, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Schenectady, NY was 94.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    35.9k ± 865

  2. Black or African American Alone

    12.7k ± 809

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    6.75k ± 856

In 2017, there were 2.82 times more White Alone residents (35.9k people) in Schenectady, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.7k Black or African American Alone and 6.75k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Schenectady, NY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,721 speakers (6.04%)

  2. Chinese

    679 speakers (1.1%)

  3. Italian

    540 speakers (0.876%)

14% of Schenectady, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Schenectady, NY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 6.04% of the overall population of Schenectady, NY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.1% speak Chinese and 0.876% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    871 ± 165

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    390 ± 156

  3. World War II

    345 ± 131

Schenectady, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Schenectady, NY awarded 1,542 degrees. The student population of Schenectady, NY is skewed towards women, with 3,463 male students and 3,802 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Schenectady, NY are White (1,200 and 80.6%), followed by Black or African American (99 and 6.65%), Asian (78 and 5.24%), and Hispanic or Latino (58 and 3.9%).

The largest universities in Schenectady, NY by number of degrees awarded are Schenectady County Community College (654 and 42.4%), Union College (196866) (646 and 41.9%), and Modern Welding School (103 and 6.68%).

The most popular majors in Schenectady, NY are Welding Technology (103 and 6.68%), General Economics (101 and 6.55%), and General Business Administration & Management (90 and 5.84%).

The median tuition costs in Schenectady, NY are $51,225 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 101 degrees awarded

  2. 57 degrees awarded

  3. 56 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Schenectady, NY was General Economics with 101 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Schenectady, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 654 degrees awarded

  2. 646 degrees awarded

  3. 103 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$51,225

Median Private

In 2016, the Schenectady, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Schenectady County Community College with 654 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

734

Degrees Awarded to Men

808

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 734 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Schenectady, NY, which is 0.908 times less than the 808 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Schenectady, NY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,200 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    99 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    78 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Schenectady, NY were to White students. These 1,200 degrees mean that there were 12.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 99 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Schenectady, NY was $110,800 in 2017, which is 0.509 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $112,900 to $110,800, a 1.86% decrease. The homeownership rate in Schenectady, NY is 51.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Schenectady, NY have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Schenectady, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,174

Median Household Income

± $1,910

22.8k

Number of Households

± 994

In 2017, the median household income of the 22.8k households in Schenectady, NY grew to $43,174 from the previous year's value of $41,243.

The following chart displays the households in Schenectady, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$110,800

2017 Median

± $2,631

$112,900

2016 Median

± $2,624

In 2017, the median property value in Schenectady, NY declined from to $110,800 from the previous year's value of $112,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Schenectady, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Schenectady, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Schenectady, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Schenectady, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

51.9%

2017 Homeownership

50.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 51.9% of the housing units in Schenectady, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 50.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Schenectady, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Schenectady, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Schenectady, NY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Schenectady, NY have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.03% of the workforce in Schenectady, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.7%

  2. Public Transit

    8.51%

  3. Carpooled

    8.11%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Schenectady, NY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Public Transit and those who Carpooled.

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