Selinsgrove, PA
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Selinsgrove is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 5,792 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Selinsgrove is the 251st largest community in Pennsylvania. Selinsgrove has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Selinsgrove is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Selinsgrove is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Selinsgrove who work in office and administrative support (15.98%), food service (12.20%), and sales jobs (10.16%).

Of important note, Selinsgrove is also a borough of artists. Selinsgrove has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Selinsgrove’s character.

Also of interest is that Selinsgrove has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 18.21% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Selinsgrove is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Selinsgrove area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Selinsgrove maintain a good economy.

Selinsgrove is a small borough, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The overall education level of Selinsgrove is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.35% of adults 25 and older in the borough have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Selinsgrove in 2010 was $17,519, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,076 for a family of four.

The people who call Selinsgrove home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Selinsgrove residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Selinsgrove include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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