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. McKeesport has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, McKeesport isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in McKeesport are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (13.82%), food service (10.16%), and sales jobs (9.37%).

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 11.42% 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 $17,897, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,588 for a family of four. McKeesport also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.86% 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.