Williamsport, PA

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Living in Williamsport

Williamsport is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 28,462 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Williamsport is the 24th largest community in Pennsylvania. Williamsport has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Williamsport isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Williamsport are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Williamsport is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Williamsport who work in office and administrative support (14.44%), food service (9.03%), and sales jobs (8.50%).

Williamsport is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Williamsport enrolled in college, Williamsport has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards 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 15.68 minutes getting to work every day.

Williamsport has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Williamsport has quite a high level of public transit users. Williamsport’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The citizens of Williamsport are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.88% of adults in Williamsport having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Williamsport in 2010 was $22,136, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $88,544 for a family of four. However, Williamsport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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