New Salem is a tiny town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 499 people and just one neighborhood, New Salem is the 982nd largest community in Pennsylvania. New Salem has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, New Salem is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 63.52% of the New Salem workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, New Salem is a town of transportation and shipping workers, construction workers and builders, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in New Salem who work in teaching (10.42%), management occupations (8.14%), and food service (7.17%).
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, New Salem has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes New Salem a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
In New Salem, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.87 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
New Salem is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The population of New Salem has a very low overall level of education: only 9.29% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in New Salem in 2018 was $30,958, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $123,832 for a family of four.
The people who call New Salem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Salem residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in New Salem include German, English, Scots-Irish, Italian, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in New Salem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.
The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people get around.
Do you watch 'This Old House' on Public Television? Do you love the idea of fixing up a Colonial or Victorian era home, complete with the charm of yesteryear? Do you like to stroll or drive streets lined with gracious older residences? If you found yourself nodding yes to any of these questions, you are going to be interested in this unique neighborhood. The neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 58.5% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 96.0% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more Slovak and Croatian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 8.7% of this neighborhood's residents have Slovak ancestry and 3.0% have Croatian ancestry.
is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 18.8% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Polish at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 99.7% of the neighborhoods in America.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in New Salem are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 72.2% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 26.6% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 76.8% of U.S. neighborhoods.
A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the neighborhood, 31.6% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 30.4% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (26.1%), and 11.9% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 96.2% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.
Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.
In the neighborhood in New Salem, PA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Italian (20.6%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (16.1%), and residents who report English roots (14.7%), and some of the residents are also of German ancestry (13.4%), along with some Polish ancestry residents (12.6%), among others.
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (34.7% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (80.6%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (7.3%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.