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.

When you are in Lykens, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.74% of Lykens’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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 (15.69%), sales jobs (7.91%), and management occupations (5.73%).

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.

Overall, Lykens’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

The rate of college-level education in Lykens is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.30% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lykens in 2010 was $20,281, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,124 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, Polish, and English.

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