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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

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 93.56% 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 teaching (13.83%), sales jobs (13.69%), and management occupations (11.49%).

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: 8.93% 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.

In Jenkintown, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.36 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Even though Jenkintown is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Jenkintown, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Jenkintown is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.58% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Jenkintown in 2010 was $40,033, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $160,132 for a family of four. However, Jenkintown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Jenkintown is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. 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, Italian, English, and Polish.

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