Wilkinsburg, PA
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Wilkinsburg is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 15,731 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Wilkinsburg is the 60th largest community in Pennsylvania. Wilkinsburg has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Wilkinsburg is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 91.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wilkinsburg is a borough of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilkinsburg who work in office and administrative support (17.09%), sales jobs (8.87%), and teaching (8.47%).

Also of interest is that Wilkinsburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Wilkinsburg, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.68 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For a small borough, Wilkinsburg has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Wilkinsburg exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

The overall education level of Wilkinsburg citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.04% of adults in Wilkinsburg have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Wilkinsburg in 2010 was $24,076, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,304 for a family of four.

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

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