Schenectady, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Schenectady, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Schenectady is the 10th largest city in New York with a population of 67,249 as of July 1, 2016. Schenectady ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Schenectady is located at latitude 42.8018 and longitude -73.9273 in Schenectady County. 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. Schenectady County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 243 feet.

The City of Schenectady (GNIS ID: 979468) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Schenectady population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Schenectady: Skanéhtati.

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Schenectady, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 67,249
Population in Households 63,710
Population in Familes 45,676
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,539
Population Density1 6,231
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 26,596
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 14,387
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 30,520 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,161 (36.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,435 (50.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,924 (12.9%)
Median Home Value $117,514
Average Home Value $138,810


Median Household Income $37,426
Average Household Income $50,355
Per Capita Income $20,783
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.27% 0.19%
Households -0.02% 0.03%
Families -0.25% -0.1%
Median Household Income   -1.25%
Per Capita Income   0.69%
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 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 92 92nd
Diversity Index2 # 68 94th
Median Household Income # 1123 6th
Per Capita Income # 1114 7th

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