West Newton is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 2,544 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Newton is the 509th largest community in Pennsylvania. West Newton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Newton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Newton is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Newton who work in office and administrative support (14.93%), sales jobs (12.75%), and management occupations (10.57%).
Also of interest is that West Newton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in West Newton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.01% 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.
In West Newton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.75 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
As is often the case in a small borough, West Newton doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of West Newton citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.93% of adults 25 and older in West Newton have a college degree.
The per capita income in West Newton in 2010 was $25,209, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,836 for a family of four. However, West Newton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call West Newton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Newton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West Newton include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in West Newton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Polish.