Bloomsburg, PA
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Bloomsburg is a somewhat small town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 14,585 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Bloomsburg is the 64th largest community in Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Unlike some towns, Bloomsburg isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bloomsburg are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bloomsburg is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bloomsburg who work in office and administrative support (16.29%), food service (10.42%), and teaching (10.14%).

Bloomsburg is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Bloomsburg to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Bloomsburg spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.77 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Bloomsburg is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.48% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bloomsburg in 2010 was $16,149, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,596 for a family of four. However, Bloomsburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bloomsburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.87% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Bloomsburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bloomsburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bloomsburg include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Bloomsburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.