Bryn Mawr, PA
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Bryn Mawr is a very small town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 3,808 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Bryn Mawr is the 391st largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Bryn Mawr was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Bryn Mawr home prices are not only among the most expensive in Pennsylvania, but Bryn Mawr real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Bryn Mawr is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.09% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bryn Mawr is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bryn Mawr who work in office and administrative support (18.30%), teaching (14.06%), and food service (10.47%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.44% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Bryn Mawr 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 Bryn Mawr 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.

Even though Bryn Mawr is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Bryn Mawr. 64.10% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bryn Mawr in 2010 was $34,139, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,556 for a family of four. However, Bryn Mawr contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bryn Mawr is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bryn Mawr home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bryn Mawr residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bryn Mawr include German, English, Italian, and Polish.

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