Gettysburg, PA


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Gettysburg is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 7,608 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Gettysburg is the 175th largest community in Pennsylvania. Gettysburg has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Gettysburg real estate is some of the most expensive in Pennsylvania, although Gettysburg house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Gettysburg is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 87.36% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gettysburg is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gettysburg who work in office and administrative support (15.88%), teaching (10.91%), and sales jobs (10.03%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Gettysburg has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Gettysburg is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Gettysburg to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Residents of the borough have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.81 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Gettysburg is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.92% of adults 25 and older in the borough have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Gettysburg in 2010 was $15,595, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,380 for a family of four. However, Gettysburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Gettysburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.40% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Gettysburg is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Gettysburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gettysburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Gettysburg also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.26% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gettysburg include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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