Upper Darby, PA
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Upper Darby is a medium-sized town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 37,393 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Upper Darby is the 17th largest community in Pennsylvania.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Upper Darby is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (12.70%), sales jobs (11.32%), and food service (10.93%).

Also of interest is that Upper Darby has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Upper Darby is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Upper Darby, the average commute to work is 34.23 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Upper Darby’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Upper Darby use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Upper Darby‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The percentage of adults in Upper Darby who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.95% of the adults in Upper Darby have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Upper Darby in 2010 was $18,926, 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 $75,704 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 Italian, German, English, and African.

Upper Darby also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.70%.

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