Villanova, PA
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Villanova is a somewhat small town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 9,313 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Villanova is the 126th largest community in Pennsylvania.

Villanova is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Villanova is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Villanova who work in management occupations (14.63%), sales jobs (10.85%), and office and administrative support (10.61%).

Of important note, Villanova is also a town of artists. Villanova has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Villanova’s character.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.74% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Villanova is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Villanova area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Villanova maintain a good economy.

Because of many things, Villanova is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Villanova a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Villanova has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Villanova’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Even though Villanova is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Villanova is a pretty powerful place. 77.95% of the adults in Villanova have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Villanova in 2010 was $55,902, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $223,608 for a family of four.

Villanova is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Villanova home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Villanova residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Villanova include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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