Tamaqua, PA
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Tamaqua is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 6,829 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Tamaqua is the 189th largest community in Pennsylvania. Tamaqua has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Tamaqua is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 38.58% of the Tamaqua workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Tamaqua is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tamaqua who work in office and administrative support (17.85%), sales jobs (8.62%), and food service (7.48%).

It is a fairly quiet borough because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Tamaqua has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Tamaqua has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Tamaqua than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Tamaqua may be for you.

Tamaqua is a small borough, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The percentage of adults in Tamaqua with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.52% of adults in Tamaqua have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Tamaqua in 2010 was $18,549, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $74,196 for a family of four.

The people who call Tamaqua home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tamaqua residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Tamaqua include Irish, Italian, Dutch, and Welsh.

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