Indiana, PA
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Indiana is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 14,100 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Indiana is the 71st largest community in Pennsylvania.

Indiana is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 87.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Indiana is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Indiana who work in office and administrative support (17.52%), sales jobs (15.92%), and food service (14.87%).

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

Indiana is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Indiana to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Indiana spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.59 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the borough are less than they would otherwise be.

Indiana is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.00% of adults in Indiana have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Indiana in 2010 was $15,400, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,600 for a family of four. However, Indiana contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Indiana also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.80% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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