Bradford, PA
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Bradford is a somewhat small city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 8,507 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Bradford is the 142nd largest community in Pennsylvania. Bradford has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Bradford is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bradford is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bradford who work in office and administrative support (10.31%), food service (10.14%), and healthcare (8.77%).

One of the benefits of Bradford is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.81 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Bradford citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.03% of adults 25 and older in Bradford have a college degree.

The per capita income in Bradford in 2010 was $20,489, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,956 for a family of four. Bradford also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.42% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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