Villanova, PA
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Villanova is a somewhat small town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 9,300 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.37% 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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Villanova to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

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.

In Villanova, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Villanova is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Villanova, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Villanova is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 79.00% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.