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. Much of the housing stock in Williamsport was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 (14.37%), sales jobs (9.54%), and teaching (7.42%).

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.

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.

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, 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.