Meshoppen, PA
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Meshoppen is a tiny borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 555 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Meshoppen is the 912th largest community in Pennsylvania. Meshoppen has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Meshoppen is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 52.97% of the Meshoppen workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Meshoppen is a borough of transportation and shipping workers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Meshoppen who work in food service (11.87%), sales jobs (8.22%), and office and administrative support (6.85%).

It is a fairly quiet borough because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Meshoppen has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Meshoppen has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Meshoppen than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Meshoppen may be for you.

Residents of the borough have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.17 minutes getting to work every day.

Meshoppen ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 2.32% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Meshoppen in 2010 was $18,582, 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 $74,328 for a family of four. However, Meshoppen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Meshoppen is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Meshoppen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Meshoppen residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Meshoppen also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.00% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Meshoppen include Polish, English, Irish, and Italian.

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

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