Scranton, Pennsylvania is a town with a population of just under 77,000. Young adults (15-24) account for a larger portion of the population here (17%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find no shortage of opportunities. With an average age of just under 39, the city's residents skew younger than most cities in Pennsylvania. In terms of housing, residents are evenly split between owning (50%) and renting (50%) their residence, driven in part by a relatively affordable average rent that is $137 per month lower than the state average. Over the course of a year, renters in Scranton will save around $1,600 compared to the state average.
With an average commute time of about 21 minutes, faster than most cities in Pennsylvania, Scranton residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Driving is the most common mode of getting to work, chosen by 37% of residents, while public transit isn't used much. Relatively few workers (2%) commute on foot, though the number is greater than the national average.
Many Scranton residents work in one of two industries: retail and healthcare. Together, these industries make up 14% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 7% of the city's population works in sales, which ranks as the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of around $51K, Scranton workers take home less than their peers elsewhere in Pennsylvania. The city's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average, Scranton has a high concentration of residents over the age of 25 with a high school degree or GED (25%). In addition, 10% have earned a Bachelor's degree and 4% possess a Master's or Doctoral degree.