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

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 (15.38%), maintenance occupations (11.58%), and sales jobs (10.06%).

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.

In terms of college education, Norristown is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.31% of adults 25 and older in Norristown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Norristown in 2010 was $21,369, 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 $85,476 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Norristown also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.77% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norristown include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

Norristown also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.35%.

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