Hazleton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 24,825 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Hazleton is the 32nd largest community in Pennsylvania.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Hazleton is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.81% of the Hazleton workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Hazleton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hazleton who work in office and administrative support (15.39%), sales jobs (9.57%), and food service (6.03%).
The rate of college-level education in Hazleton is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.19% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Hazleton in 2010 was $16,981, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,924 for a family of four.
Hazleton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hazleton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Hazleton, accounting for 50.27% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Hazleton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hazleton include Polish, Irish, German, and Slovak.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Hazleton's cultural character, accounting for 27.79% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Hazleton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.