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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Schenectady is a town in New York with a population of 65,705. Schenectady is in Schenectady County. Living in Schenectady offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Schenectady there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Schenectady and residents tend to be liberal.
About Schenectady...
Population
65,705

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$110,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$854
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Schenectady Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    581.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    89.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    217.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    537.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,370.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    270.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Schenectady

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,174
National
$55,322
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Schenectady Reviews

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When some look at Schenectady, New York, they just see a small town. However, having grown up in the city I am able to take it as it is. Schenectady may have flaws but the gems you can find here make up for all of those and more! The downtown area is currently on an upswing that is sure to last. A once shining city center that deteriorated is now being nourished and brought back to life, helping so many local businesses. Schenectady county is a wide area that covers a large portion of the capital district and is trying to get a new name for itself with the help of local politicians, business owners, and citizens like me. Local restaurants are popping up and can't keep new customers out in the main city center. Proctors Theatre is a shining jewel that brings patrons from all over the state and country to see National Tours of Broadway shows. Farmers Markets became so popular that they needed to be continued all year round; moved inside during the cold months.
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I currently live in Schenectady and have my entire life, I went to the public schools here and have lived in various areas. What I like about Schenectady is that even though it is a "small place", you can still see new things and people. I like that the state capital isn't far, and the bus routes so it can (at times) easy to travel. But I would like to see some changes in my hometown, for instance an increase in after school programs. Some after school programs have an age requirement to get in, which can sometimes make it hard for parents to find a place for the younger kids to be after school ends. I would like to see more city events, where not only certain people from certain areas attend - a county-wide event for everyone once in a while would be nice too. Even though I lived my entire life here, I have only seen a little bit of what happens here. I know there are more negative and positive aspects of the city, and that there need to be more changes as well.
Some beautiful countryside on the outskirts of town, Schenectady also boasts plenty of history, including the original Stockade area on the banks of the Mohawk River. Unfortunately, the city has endured many failed attempts at revitalizing the downtown commercial district, which was adversely impacted by the construction of nearby malls. Now the malls are failing and business seems to be returning to the historic central district.