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 93.93% 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 (14.96%), management occupations (14.19%), and healthcare (9.36%).

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: 12.58% 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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Swarthmore to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Because of many things, Swarthmore is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Swarthmore a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Swarthmore has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Swarthmore. 75.56% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Swarthmore in 2010 was $48,425, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $193,700 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.