Demographics & Economics

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Population Characteristics – Race and Ethnicity

Table 2 shows a comparison of single race characteristics within ¼-mile and 1-mile radii from the 15th Street and Congress Street intersection, as well as 2000 US Census data for the City of Troy and the country as a whole.  With the exception of the Asian population, the comparison shows that the study area has a racial mix that is similar to the rest of the country.  The proportion of Asians within ¼-mile (11.20%) is nearly twice the proportion within 1-mile (6.67%) and more than three times the proportion within the City of Troy (3.5%).  This is attributable to the characteristics of the student population of RPI.  According to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Common Data Set 2006-2007 (www.rpi.edu/about/cds/index.html), the Asian or Pacific Islander population of degree-seeking undergraduate students is 566 in a total of 5,142 (11%).

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