Donora, PA
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Donora is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 4,663 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Donora is the 307th largest community in Pennsylvania. Donora has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Unlike some boroughs, Donora isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Donora are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Donora is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Donora who work in office and administrative support (16.96%), sales jobs (9.45%), and management occupations (6.74%).

Despite the fact that it is a small borough, Donora 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 terms of college education, the citizens of Donora rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.29% of adults 25 and older in Donora have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Donora in 2010 was $18,341, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,364 for a family of four.

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

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