Villanova, PA
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Villanova is a somewhat small town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 9,333 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Villanova is the 126th largest community in Pennsylvania.

Villanova is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Villanova is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Villanova who work in management occupations (13.65%), office and administrative support (11.36%), and sales jobs (11.02%).

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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Villanova telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.37% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Villanova to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

For a small town, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Villanova. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Villanova.

Because of many things, Villanova is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Villanova really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Villanova perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Villanova. 79.00% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Villanova in 2010 was $57,631, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $230,524 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 Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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