York is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 43,932 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, York is the 14th largest community in Pennsylvania. York has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, York is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.04% of the York workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, York is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in York who work in office and administrative support (11.07%), food service (9.83%), and sales jobs (7.13%).
York has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, York has quite a high level of public transit users. York’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The rate of college-level education in York is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.16% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in York in 2018 was $17,838, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,352 for a family of four. However, York contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. York also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.89% of its population below the federal poverty line.
York is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call York home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of York residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. York also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 33.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in York include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in York is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.