Scranton, PA
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Scranton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 77,118 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Scranton is the sixth largest community in Pennsylvania. Scranton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Scranton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Scranton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Scranton who work in office and administrative support (16.04%), sales jobs (10.42%), and food service (6.65%).

The population of Scranton 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 Scranton, 21.39% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Scranton in 2010 was $20,351, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,404 for a family of four. However, Scranton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Scranton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Scranton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Scranton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Scranton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.88% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Scranton include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

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