Williamsport is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 28,348 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Williamsport is the 24th largest community in Pennsylvania. Williamsport has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Williamsport is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Williamsport, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Williamsport provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One of the benefits of Williamsport is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.68 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.
Many people in Williamsport take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Williamsport citizens for affordable transportation.
The education level of Williamsport citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.88% of adults in Williamsport have at least a bachelor's 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.