Shippensburg, PA
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Shippensburg is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 5,559 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Shippensburg is the 260th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Shippensburg was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Shippensburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Shippensburg is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shippensburg who work in office and administrative support (17.93%), maintenance occupations (8.54%), and sales jobs (8.46%).

Shippensburg is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Shippensburg enrolled in college, Shippensburg has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

As is often the case in a small borough, Shippensburg doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The education level of Shippensburg citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.95% of adults 25 and older in Shippensburg have a college degree.

The per capita income in Shippensburg in 2010 was $21,924, 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 $87,696 for a family of four. However, Shippensburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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