Swarthmore, PA


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Swarthmore is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 6,239 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 94.27% 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 (16.66%), management occupations (12.10%), and office and administrative support (8.72%).

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: 13.64% 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 with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Swarthmore to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Despite being a small borough, Swarthmore has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Swarthmore is a pretty powerful place. 77.92% of the adults in Swarthmore have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Swarthmore in 2010 was $44,990, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $179,960 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Swarthmore include German, Italian, English, and Polish.

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