Easton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 26,978 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Easton is the 29th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Easton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Easton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Easton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Easton who work in office and administrative support (12.23%), sales jobs (10.01%), and food service (7.88%).
Easton is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Easton enrolled in college, Easton has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Easton use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Easton‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The percentage of adults in Easton who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.07% of the adults in Easton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Easton in 2010 was $21,980, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,920 for a family of four. However, Easton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Easton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Easton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Easton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Easton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.07% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Easton include Italian, Irish, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Easton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.