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

Wilkinsburg is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 92.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wilkinsburg is a borough of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilkinsburg who work in office and administrative support (16.57%), sales jobs (8.91%), and teaching (8.13%).

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.

One downside of living in Wilkinsburg is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Wilkinsburg, the average commute to work is 30.94 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Wilkinsburg’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Despite the fact that it is a small borough, Wilkinsburg has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the borough for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, Wilkinsburg is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.71% of adults in Wilkinsburg have a college degree.

The per capita income in Wilkinsburg in 2010 was $23,992, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,968 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 German, African, Italian, and English.

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