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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Washington is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (15.37%), food service (11.07%), and sales jobs (10.62%).

In addition, Washington is a college town. There are a lot of students in Washington attending college, and as a result Washington provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to 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 18.96 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Washington who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.85% of the adults in Washington have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Washington in 2010 was $20,520, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,080 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 Italian.