Darby, PA
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Darby is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 10,687 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Darby is the 95th largest community in Pennsylvania. Darby has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Darby is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Darby is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Darby who work in office and administrative support (12.54%), healthcare suport services (12.46%), and personal care services (10.55%).

One downside of living in Darby is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Darby, the average commute to work is 34.02 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Darby’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Despite the fact that it is a small borough, Darby has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the borough for affordable transportation.

In Darby, just 8.59% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Darby in 2010 was $15,027, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,108 for a family of four. Darby also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.40% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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