Swissvale is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 8,855 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Swissvale is the 132nd largest community in Pennsylvania. Swissvale has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
Swissvale is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 89.89% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Swissvale is a borough of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Swissvale who work in office and administrative support (14.41%), sales jobs (10.34%), and management occupations (9.24%).
Also of interest is that Swissvale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
For a small borough, Swissvale has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Swissvale exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The population of Swissvale is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.61% of adults in Swissvale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Swissvale in 2010 was $26,299, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,196 for a family of four. However, Swissvale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Swissvale is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Swissvale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Swissvale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Swissvale include Irish, Italian, English, and Slovak.
The most common language spoken in Swissvale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.