Norristown is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 34,422 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Norristown is the 21st largest community in Pennsylvania.
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 (11.50%), food service (8.76%), and maintenance occupations (8.46%).
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.
Norristown has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Norristown has quite a high level of public transit users. Norristown’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The population of Norristown overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Norristown, 22.27% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Norristown in 2018 was $24,015, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,060 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 27.50% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norristown include Irish, Italian, German, Polish, and English.
Norristown also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.63%.
The most common language spoken in Norristown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.