Coatesville, PA
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Coatesville is a somewhat small city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 13,148 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Coatesville is the 81st largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Coatesville was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Coatesville isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Coatesville are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Coatesville is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Coatesville who work in office and administrative support (14.39%), food service (12.04%), and maintenance occupations (9.79%).

For a small city, Coatesville has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Coatesville exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

The rate of college-level education in Coatesville is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.91% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Coatesville in 2010 was $16,619, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,476 for a family of four. However, Coatesville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Coatesville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.34% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Coatesville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Coatesville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Coatesville residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Coatesville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Coatesville include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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