York, PA

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Living in York

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

When you are in York, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 37.04% of York’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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 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 12.16% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or 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.