Washington, PA
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Washington is a somewhat small city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 13,497 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Washington is the 73rd largest community in Pennsylvania. Washington has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Washington isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Washington are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Washington is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Washington who work in office and administrative support (16.46%), sales jobs (11.80%), and food service (11.59%).

Washington is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Washington enrolled in college, Washington has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.08 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Washington with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.71% of adults in Washington have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Washington in 2010 was $20,069, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,276 for a family of four. However, Washington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Washington is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Washington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Washington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Washington include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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