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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Housing
    C
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A-
  5. Diversity
    A-
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    C-
  8. Cost of Living
    C+
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  11. Commute
    B+
Schenectady County is located in New York with a population of 154,859. In Schenectady County, most residents own their homes. In Schenectady County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Schenectady County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Schenectady County are above average.
Population
154,859

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$169,600
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$945
National
$1,062
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Schenectady County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    287.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    110.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    355.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,135.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    148.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    12%

Working in Schenectady County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,499
National
$62,843

Schenectady County Reviews

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Schenectady has its great and not so great areas as any other city provides to its people. With that being said, it has a plethora of places to dine and feast. There are many family owned businesses and restaurants that have been around for many years that will absolutely satisfy your taste buds and your wallet. From Italian, to greek, to good ol all american feasting there is so much for you to explore. Scotti's is one of my favorite Italian spots and lets not forget the awesome Villa Italia for those with a sweet tooth. Due to the pandemic, I can not say where you can go for entertainment, but downtown Schenectady's renovations are sure to bring about some new sites and sounds as we pass through this time in history. Rivers Casino is of course a nice hot place to make a pit stop if you're feeling lucky. Schenectady is sure to please almost all who take a day or two to explore. Have fun!
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Schenectady County has a lot of different aspects to it depending on where in the county you choose to stay. In the city there are a lot of disadvantaged folk, and sometimes more violence. If you choose to live in the suburbs, most places are pretty friendly and have a good variety of schools to choose from. There is a mix of liberals and conservatives, though the density varies depending on where in the county you stay. There is a lot of things to do throughout the year, and you'll find that most people are friendly.
I like that Schenectady is a place with a lot of diversity. It's easy to feel accepted because looking around, there are so many different people around me. There's no pressure to look or be someone I'm not.