Lock Haven, PA
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Lock Haven is a somewhat small city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 9,604 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Lock Haven is the 115th largest community in Pennsylvania. Lock Haven has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lock Haven is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lock Haven is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lock Haven who work in sales jobs (15.04%), office and administrative support (11.08%), and personal care services (10.76%).

Lock Haven is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Lock Haven area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Lock Haven maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lock Haven spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.95 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Lock Haven citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.52% of adults 25 and older in Lock Haven have a college degree.

The per capita income in Lock Haven in 2010 was $16,872, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,488 for a family of four. Lock Haven also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.28% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

The most common language spoken in Lock Haven is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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