West Hazleton is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 4,503 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Hazleton is the 321st largest community in Pennsylvania. West Hazleton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, West Hazleton is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 47.96% of the West Hazleton workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, West Hazleton is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Hazleton who work in office and administrative support (14.55%), sales jobs (9.37%), and food service (5.88%).
Being a small borough, West Hazleton does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The percentage of adults in West Hazleton with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.05% of adults in West Hazleton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in West Hazleton in 2010 was $18,359, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,436 for a family of four.
West Hazleton is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call West Hazleton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in West Hazleton, accounting for 49.44% of the borough’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of West Hazleton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in West Hazleton include Polish, Italian, Irish, and Slovak.
In addition, West Hazleton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.49%).
The most common language spoken in West Hazleton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.