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"Electric City"

Schenectady is a city in Schenectady County, in the Albany metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community name derives from Indian term for "end of the pine plains"

The latitude of Schenectady is 42.814N. The longitude is -73.94W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 243 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 61,016.


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Median household income
Local
$29,378
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Schenectady demographic reports
Schenectady is on the Mohawk River
Grew as a shipping center for cargo boats on the Mohawk

Thomas Edison moved his operations here in 1886; the venture eventually became General Electric

Filming location for:
· 1998 movie, "The Horse Whisperer"
· 1973 movie, "The Way We Were"
Well-known residents have included:
· Mickey Rourke, actor
· John Sayles, director, writer, actor
· Ann B. Davis, actress (housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch")
Historic routes: Erie Canal
(See more information on the Erie Canal)
Historic sites and museums: Schenectady Museum, Schenectady County Historical Society Museum
Colleges and universities: Union College, Schenectady County Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 89

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Schenectady residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Schenectady ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Schenectady was $17,076, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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19% of Schenectady residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Schenectady include Stockade Historic District, Union Street Historic District (Schenectady) ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Schenectady, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $444.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $983.


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Libraries in Schenectady include Central Library, Duane Branch, Hamilton Hill Branch, Mont Pleasant Branch, Rotterdam Branch, Woodlawn Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Schenectady include Schenectady Gazette

TV stations in Schenectady include WEWB, WMHT, WRGB.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMHT-FM.

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Schenectady County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Schenectady political report.

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The average commute time for Schenectady workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Schenectady between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Schenectady, NY

Pros: CAPIELLOS, Perrecas, Moon River Cafe, fall apple picking.

Cons: There are vagrants permeating downtown, the local government tried to renovate downtown, but it is totally cheesy...

This is a good place to get lost if you are running from someone or something.

General info: The name means "end of trail" and you better believe you have reached it here honey!!!

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