York is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 43,992 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, York is the 14th largest community in Pennsylvania. York has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, York is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (12.32%), food service (10.47%), and sales jobs (9.50%).
Many people in York 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 York citizens for affordable transportation.
The percentage of people in York with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.70% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in York in 2010 was $15,096, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,384 for a family of four. York also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.27% 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 29.51% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in York include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in York is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.