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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
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Schenectady is a town in New York with a population of 65,482. Schenectady is in Schenectady County. Living in Schenectady offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent 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
65,482

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$110,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$870
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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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
    649.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    87
    40.7
  • Robbery
    207.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    538.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,352.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    321.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
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
$44,826
National
$55,322
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Schenectady Reviews

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I recently moved back to the area in January 2020. I've since been working away and getting ready to go back to college for my Nursing degree. Due to COVID I haven't been able to experience much of the town yet, but I have heard great things especially with things to do in the downtown area! Everyone seems very friendly and respectable here. I'm excited for things to get back to "normal" so I can experience more of what this town has to offer.
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The things i like about schenectady is about how quiet some areas are, and i also love how involved the schenectady school district is with the students and staff. They really show how much they care for us. They push their students to do better. I love the programs they offer to students across the district as well. One thing that i would like to see change is the violence there is in Schenectady. I just want all us to come together and support one another!
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.