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.

Carlisle is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Carlisle is a borough of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carlisle who work in office and administrative support (12.77%), food service (10.80%), and management occupations (9.48%).

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.

The education level of Carlisle citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.06% of adults in Carlisle have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Carlisle in 2010 was $27,436, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $109,744 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.