Norristown is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 34,341 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Norristown is the 21st largest community in Pennsylvania.
Norristown is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.48%), food service (10.36%), and maintenance occupations (8.41%).
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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Norristown use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Norristown‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Norristown are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.64% of adults in Norristown having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Norristown in 2018 was $25,451, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,804 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 27.07% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norristown include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.
In addition, Norristown has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.56%).
The most common language spoken in Norristown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.