Swarthmore is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 6,346 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 93.88% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Swarthmore is a borough of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Swarthmore who work in teaching (18.28%), management occupations (10.23%), and business and financial occupations (7.98%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.33% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
For a small borough, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Swarthmore. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Swarthmore.
Because of many things, Swarthmore is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Swarthmore really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Swarthmore perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
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.
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 78.53% 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 2018 was $51,895, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $207,580 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 Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Swarthmore is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.