Williamsport, PA
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Williamsport is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 29,201 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Williamsport is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.37%), sales jobs (9.54%), and teaching (7.42%).

In addition, Williamsport is a college town. There are a lot of students in Williamsport attending college, and as a result Williamsport provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

One of the benefits of Williamsport is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.43 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

A lot of people in Williamsport take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Williamsport, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The education level of Williamsport citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.61% of adults 25 and older in Williamsport have a college degree.

The per capita income in Williamsport in 2010 was $19,214, 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 $76,856 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 Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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