Swissvale, PA
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Living in Swissvale


Swissvale is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 8,746 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 87.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Swissvale is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Swissvale who work in office and administrative support (18.04%), management occupations (10.24%), and sales jobs (8.69%).

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.

One downside of living in Swissvale is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Swissvale, the average commute to work is 30.88 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Swissvale’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Despite the fact that it is a small borough, Swissvale has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the borough for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Swissvale are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.28% of adults in Swissvale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Swissvale in 2010 was $27,586, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,344 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 German, Italian, Irish, English, and African.

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