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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a population of 305,841 is the second-largest city in the State of Pennsylvania and is located in the county of Allegheny. Also referred to as the ‘Gateway to the West,’ was incorporated in 1816 and has a strong history of glass and steel production. Its steel production culture was made famous by the lives and works of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick as the founders of U.S. Steel Co. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 133,192 households with about 2.12 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 55.37 square miles with about 5,521.4 persons per square mile (2010). There are about 24,605 businesses (2007) with a mean travel to work time for workers 16+ of 32.2 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $26,535.

 

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the 5th most populous city in U.S. with a population of 1.5 million and is the largest city in the State of Pennsylvania. City was founded in 1682. Called the birthplace of American Democracy, was first laid out by William Penn. Famous sites such as the Liberty Bell Center or Independence Hall are still very popular attractions today. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 580,509 households with about 2.54 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 134.10 square miles in land with about 11,379.5 persons per square mile (2010). There are about 88,161 businesses (2007) with a mean travel to work time for workers 16+ of 31.8 minutes (2008-2010). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $21,946.

 

 

Allentown

Allentown

Pop. 118,577, was originally named Northamptontown by its founder, Chief Justice of Colonial Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, William Allen. The city began in 1762 when Allen, also the Mayor of Philadelphia, drew up plans for the rural village. Despite its formal name nearly everyone has called in “Allen’s town” from the very beginning. Allentown’s diverse economy originated in the iron industry with connections to the railroad industry, and has moved through as era of silk, cigar, and beer production. Today it is mainly a service-based economy and city officials are currently attempting to draw business into it to occupy existing structures. The city’s infrastructure now offers up to date technology, including a fiber optic loop and uninterrupted electrical service. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 42,594 households with about 2.64 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 17.55 square miles of land with about 6,727.0 persons per square mile (2010). There are about 7,644 businesses with a mean travel time for workers age 16+ of 23.9 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $17,576.

 

Erie

Erie

Pop. 100,671, was first settled in 1795 by Colonel Seth Reed who built a log cabin at the mouth of Mill Creek. While it beginnings stemmed from the rail industry, since 2007 Erie has undergone a series of major changes after a new downtown plan was drawn up by a Philadelphia-based company (Kise, Straw, & Kolodner). The current plan is to provide a park-like setting which is to be followed up by retail development in the area. 40,384 households with about 2.38 persons per household (2008-20102). It occupies 19.08 square miles of land and there are approximately 5,334.4 persons per square mile (2010). There are about 6,245 businesses with a mean travel time to work for workers age 16+ of 16.8 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $18,823.

 

Reading

Reading

Pop. 87,893, was originally laid out by Thomas and Richard Penn and played a part in the French and Indian War as a location for military fortifications. Today the city hosts a vibrant industrial culture accentuated by historical societies, large facilities such as hospitals, fraternities, and a club life. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 31,317 households with about 2.73 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 9.88 square miles of land with about 8,911.6 persons per square mile (2010). There about 4,568 businesses with a mean travel to work time for workers ages 16+ of 24.1 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $13,355.

 

Scranton

Scranton

Pop. 75,806, was originally an industrial coal town due to its unique positioning on top of one of the world’s great anthracite coal deposits. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 29,694 households with about 2.37 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 25.31 square miles with about 3,006.4 persons per square mile (2010). There are about 4,631 businesses (2007) with a mean travel to work time for workers 16+ of 18.1 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $20,392.

Bethlehem

Pop. 75,018, According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 29,588 households with about 2.32 persons per household. It occupies 19.10 square miles of land and there are about 3,925.3 persons per square mile. There are about 4,890 businesses (2007) with a mean travel to work time for workers 16+ of 21.6 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $23,782.

Lancaster

Pop. 59,325, According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 22,179 households with about 2.47 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 7.23 square miles of land with about 8,209.5 persons per square mile (2010). There are about 4,332 businesses (2007) with a mean travel to work time for workers 16+ of 19.3 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $16,874.

Levittown

Pop. 52,700, According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately18,051 households with about 2.88 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 10.16 square miles of land with about 5,215.4 persons per square mile (2010). The mean travel to work time for workers 16+ is 22.5 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $26,284.

Harrisburg

Pop. 49,188, According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 20,904 households with about 2.31 persons per household (2008-2012). It occupies 8.13 square miles with about 6,092.0 persons per square mile (2010). There are about 3,654 businesses (2007) with a mean travel to work time for workers 16+ of 18.7 minutes (2008-2012). Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) from 2008-2012 was $19,039.