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. Much of the housing stock in Bloomsburg was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bloomsburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bloomsburg is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bloomsburg who work in office and administrative support (15.76%), food service (11.40%), and teaching (9.68%).
Bloomsburg is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Bloomsburg to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
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 17.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of Bloomsburg are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.46% of adults in Bloomsburg having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bloomsburg in 2010 was $16,575, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,300 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 34.06% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Bloomsburg is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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.