Jim Thorpe, PA
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Jim Thorpe is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 4,641 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Jim Thorpe is the 307th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Jim Thorpe was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Jim Thorpe is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Jim Thorpe is a borough of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jim Thorpe who work in office and administrative support (13.67%), healthcare (7.98%), and law enforcement and fire fighting (6.47%).

Of important note, Jim Thorpe is also a borough of artists. Jim Thorpe has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Jim Thorpe’s character.

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

The borough is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Jim Thorpe has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Jim Thorpe a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One downside of living in Jim Thorpe is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Jim Thorpe, the average commute to work is 33.22 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The percentage of adults in Jim Thorpe who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.38% of the adults in Jim Thorpe have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Jim Thorpe in 2010 was $25,973, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $103,892 for a family of four. However, Jim Thorpe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Jim Thorpe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and West Germanic languages.

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