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.

Unlike some boroughs, Shippensburg isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Shippensburg are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Shippensburg is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shippensburg who work in office and administrative support (18.95%), food service (8.89%), and sales jobs (8.75%).

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.

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

The population of Shippensburg 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 Shippensburg, 21.14% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Shippensburg in 2010 was $23,398, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $93,592 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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