Lykens, PA
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Lykens is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 1,759 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Lykens is the 640th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Lykens 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, Lykens is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lykens is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lykens who work in office and administrative support (13.98%), sales jobs (6.78%), and food service (5.29%).

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

Lykens’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

One downside of living in Lykens is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Lykens, the average commute to work is 31.01 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The rate of college-level education in Lykens is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.14% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lykens in 2010 was $21,753, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,012 for a family of four. However, Lykens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Lykens home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lykens residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Lykens include Irish, Dutch, English, and Polish.

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