Schenectady, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Schenectady, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Schenectady is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Schenectady County at latitude 42.8018 and longitude -73.9273. Schenectady County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 243 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Schenectady, but most people and references simply refer to it as Schenectady, New York.

The P1 Census Class Code for Schenectady indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Schenectady (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0.19 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Schenectady: Skanéhtati.

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Schenectady, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 67,128
Population in Households 63,563
Population in Familes 45,529
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,565
Population Density1 6,227
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 26,868
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 14,579
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 30,545 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,443 (37.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,425 (50.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,677 (12.0%)
Median Home Value $125,665
Average Home Value $138,011


Median Household Income $37,118
Average Household Income $48,821
Per Capita Income $20,236
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.35% 0.23%
Households 0.21% 0.16%
Families -0.06% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.18%
Per Capita Income   2.58%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Schenectady, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Schenectady to the other 1,189 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 10 99th
Population Density1 # 84 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 71 94th
Median Household Income # 1120 6th
Per Capita Income # 1077 10th

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