Norristown is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 34,412 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Norristown is the 21st largest community in Pennsylvania. Norristown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Norristown is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Norristown is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Norristown who work in office and administrative support (13.19%), maintenance occupations (9.62%), and sales jobs (8.97%).
Also of interest is that Norristown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
For the size of the borough, public transportation in Norristown is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Norristown, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The percentage of adults in Norristown who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.41% of the adults in Norristown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Norristown in 2010 was $21,045, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,180 for a family of four. However, Norristown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Norristown is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Norristown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norristown residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Norristown also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.22% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norristown include Irish, German, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Norristown's cultural character, accounting for 17.43% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Norristown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.