McKeesport, PA
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McKeesport is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 19,453 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, McKeesport is the 49th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in McKeesport was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

McKeesport is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, McKeesport is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in McKeesport who work in office and administrative support (12.97%), food service (11.49%), and sales jobs (9.53%).

For a small city, McKeesport has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in McKeesport exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

In McKeesport, just 12.60% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in McKeesport in 2010 was $17,831, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,324 for a family of four. McKeesport also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.97% of its population below the federal poverty line.

McKeesport is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call McKeesport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of McKeesport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in McKeesport include Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

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