Swissvale is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 8,689 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Swissvale is the 132nd largest community in Pennsylvania. Swissvale has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
Swissvale is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 87.55% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Swissvale is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Swissvale who work in office and administrative support (17.77%), management occupations (9.97%), and sales jobs (8.45%).
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.
In Swissvale, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.53 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
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 citizens of Swissvale are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.09% of adults in Swissvale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Swissvale in 2010 was $29,365, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $117,460 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, Irish, Italian, English, and African.
The most common language spoken in Swissvale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.