Clarks Summit, PA


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Clarks Summit is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 4,950 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Clarks Summit is the 286th largest community in Pennsylvania.

Clarks Summit is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 92.37% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Clarks Summit is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clarks Summit who work in teaching (14.41%), healthcare (13.59%), and sales jobs (12.80%).

Also of interest is that Clarks Summit has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Clarks Summit is also a borough of artists. Clarks Summit has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Clarks Summit’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.27% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In addition, Clarks Summit is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Clarks Summit is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Clarks Summit’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

The citizens of Clarks Summit are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.88% of adults in Clarks Summit have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Clarks Summit in 2010 was $37,629, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $150,516 for a family of four. However, Clarks Summit contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Clarks Summit is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and German.

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