Swarthmore, PA
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Swarthmore is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 6,401 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Swarthmore is the 222nd largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Swarthmore was built prior to World War II, 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 94.77% 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 (14.43%), management occupations (11.21%), and office and administrative support (8.84%).

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: 13.25% 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.

Swarthmore’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Swarthmore. 78.50% 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 $50,052, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,208 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, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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