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

Meshoppen is a blue-collar town, with 46.12% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Meshoppen is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Meshoppen who work in office and administrative support (15.07%), food service (11.87%), and sales jobs (9.13%).

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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Meshoppen spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.36 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the borough are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Meshoppen has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 4.39% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Meshoppen in 2010 was $18,449, 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 $73,796 for a family of four. However, Meshoppen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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

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