Honesdale, PA
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Honesdale is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 4,233 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Honesdale is the 331st largest community in Pennsylvania. Honesdale has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Honesdale is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Honesdale is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Honesdale who work in sales jobs (21.38%), office and administrative support (16.02%), and teaching (8.19%).

Also of interest is that Honesdale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.56% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Being a small borough, Honesdale does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Honesdale are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.05% of adults in Honesdale having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Honesdale in 2010 was $18,424, 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 $73,696 for a family of four. Honesdale also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.70% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Honesdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Honesdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Honesdale include Irish, Italian, English, and Scottish.

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

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