Lehighton is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 5,314 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Lehighton is the 259th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Lehighton was built prior to World War II, 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, Lehighton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lehighton is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Lehighton who work in sales jobs (13.41%), office and administrative support (11.70%), and healthcare suport services (6.85%).
In Lehighton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.57 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. However, 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.
Lehighton 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 percentage of adults in Lehighton with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.75% of adults in Lehighton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lehighton in 2010 was $20,062, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,248 for a family of four. However, Lehighton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Lehighton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lehighton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lehighton include Irish, Italian, Polish, and Pennsylvania German.
The most common language spoken in Lehighton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Serbo-Croatian and German.