Shamokin, PA
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Shamokin is a somewhat small city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 7,162 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Shamokin is the 179th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Shamokin was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Shamokin isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Shamokin are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Shamokin is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shamokin who work in office and administrative support (18.80%), food service (9.54%), and law enforcement and fire fighting (6.19%).

Being a small city, Shamokin does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In Shamokin, just 8.56% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Shamokin in 2010 was $18,665, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $74,660 for a family of four.

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

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