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.

Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Honesdale is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Honesdale is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Honesdale who work in sales jobs (21.45%), office and administrative support (21.24%), and teaching (10.18%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.50% 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Honesdale spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.99 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the borough are less than they would otherwise be.

Honesdale is a small borough, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Honesdale citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.44% of adults in Honesdale have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Honesdale in 2010 was $17,999, 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 $71,996 for a family of four. Honesdale also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.97% 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 Spanish.

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