Jenkintown, PA
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Jenkintown is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 4,431 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Jenkintown is the 337th largest community in Pennsylvania. Jenkintown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

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

Jenkintown is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 92.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Jenkintown is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jenkintown who work in sales jobs (13.15%), management occupations (12.17%), and teaching (12.00%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.48% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In addition, Jenkintown is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

One downside of living in Jenkintown is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Jenkintown, the average commute to work is 31.50 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Jenkintown’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

In Jenkintown, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Jenkintown is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Jenkintown. 59.33% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Jenkintown in 2010 was $39,169, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $156,676 for a family of four. However, Jenkintown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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