Swarthmore, PA
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Swarthmore is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 6,211 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Swarthmore is the 222nd largest community in Pennsylvania. Swarthmore has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Swarthmore home prices are not only among the most expensive in Pennsylvania, but Swarthmore real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Swarthmore is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 96.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Swarthmore is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Swarthmore who work in teaching (17.42%), management occupations (15.40%), and healthcare (9.49%).

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

Also of interest is that Swarthmore 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: 13.59% 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.

Swarthmore 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 Swarthmore area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Swarthmore maintain a good economy.

Swarthmore is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Swarthmore’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Swarthmore, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Swarthmore is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Swarthmore, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Swarthmore is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 80.38% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Swarthmore in 2010 was $46,247, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $184,988 for a family of four.

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

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