Beaver Falls is a somewhat small city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 8,661 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Beaver Falls is the 131st largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Beaver Falls was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Beaver Falls is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Beaver Falls is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Beaver Falls who work in food service (11.66%), office and administrative support (11.11%), and maintenance occupations (8.79%).
Beaver Falls is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Beaver Falls enrolled in college, Beaver Falls has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
The citizens of Beaver Falls are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.37% of adults in Beaver Falls have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Beaver Falls in 2010 was $18,390, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,560 for a family of four. Beaver Falls also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.44% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Beaver Falls is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Beaver Falls home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Beaver Falls residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Beaver Falls include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Beaver Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.