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Bloomsburg Pennsylvania Population Information, Arrest Statistics, and History

Bloomsburg is a town and the county seat of Columbia County of Pennsylvania. It is the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania and is 4.69 square miles in size. The town was founded in the year 1802 and was earlier known as Bloom Township. It flourished after iron ore was discovered in the area. It was incorporated as a town on Match 4, 1870.

Bloomsburg Pennsylvania overview

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania has a population of 14,586 with six neighborhoods. It is a young town with the majority population (48.4%) from those in the age group of 18 to 24. There are 4,771 homes and apartments in Bloomsburg. The median value of homes in the city is $ 164,856, which is average for the state of Pennsylvania and also average for the country. Real estate in Bloomsburg is not so expensive compared to other places in the state.

23.1% of the population are college graduates. The per capita income level is $16,853, which is lesser than the national average. The median income level of $30,143 is also less than that of the US average. 31.4% of the total population were below the poverty line.

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The major employers in Bloomsburg in terms of industry sector were Accommodation (16.2%), Healthcare (15.5%), and Education (14.8%). The town has a mixed workforce of white collar and blue collar workers. It is a town of service providers, professionals, and office workers.  Most people in the city make use public transport for commuting.

In terms of race and ethnicity, a large majority of the population (89%) were Whites. Blacks constituted 4.9% of the population. English is the most common language in Bloomsburgspoken by more than 97% residents. Around 3.2% of the residents of Bloomsburg were born outside the USA.

 

Bloomsburg Pennsylvania crime statistics

Bloomsburg has a crime index of 26, on a scale of 1-100, where 1 is the most unsafe and 100 the safest. The city is 26% safer than other cities in the US. There were 357 crimes committed and the crime rate was 24.48 per 1000 residents. The crime rate in Bloomsburg is higher than 84% of the rest of the communities.

A comparison of violent crimes committed in Bloomsburg with Pennsylvania shows that the crime rate of 2.19 per 1000 of Bloomsburg was less compared to the Pennsylvania state average of 3.16 per 1000. A citizen has a 1 in 456 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, which is lesser than the state average.

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The property crime rate of Bloomsburg is 22.28 per 1000, which is slightly more than the Pennsylvania state average of 17.43 per 1000. You have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in Bloomsburg, which is less compared to the state average. There are slightly more property crimes here as compared to the rest of the state.

The crime per square mile of Bloomsburg area is 76 per square mile, which is very high compared to the Pennsylvania state data of 49 per square mile.

Conclusion

The township has a crime index of 26, which indicates that it is not so safe. When we look at the crime per square mile, it is significantly more compared to the rest of the state. The violent crime rate in the town is not so high compared to the rest of the state. However, in terms of property crime, the crime rate is higher than that of the state. While the town cannot be categorized as unsafe, the crime data from the FBI confirms that Bloomsburg is not such a safe place to live in.


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