Upper Darby, PA

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Living in Upper Darby

Upper Darby is a medium-sized town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 37,418 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Upper Darby is the 17th largest community in Pennsylvania.

Upper Darby is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Upper Darby is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Upper Darby who work in office and administrative support (11.52%), sales jobs (10.58%), and food service (9.54%).

In Upper Darby, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.19 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 town 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.

Upper Darby has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Upper Darby has quite a high level of public transit users. Upper Darby’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The population of Upper Darby overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Upper Darby, 24.28% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Upper Darby in 2018 was $21,749, 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 $86,996 for a family of four. However, Upper Darby contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Upper Darby is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Upper Darby home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Upper Darby residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Upper Darby include Irish, Italian, African, German, and Jamaican.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Upper Darby's cultural character, accounting for 29.41% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Upper Darby is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.