Carlisle, PA
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Carlisle is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 19,143 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Carlisle is the 50th largest community in Pennsylvania. Carlisle has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Carlisle is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carlisle is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carlisle who work in office and administrative support (13.87%), management occupations (11.22%), and food service (10.31%).

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Carlisle, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Carlisle provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

One of the benefits of Carlisle is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.00 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 citizens of Carlisle are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.94% of adults in Carlisle have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Carlisle in 2010 was $26,626, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,504 for a family of four. However, Carlisle contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Carlisle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Serbo-Croatian.