Swarthmore, PA

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Population

6,243

0.402% growth

Poverty Rate

3.09%


Median Age

30.9


Median Household Income

$106,737

15.7% growth

Number of Employees

3,043

1.01% decline

Median Property Value

$387,800

2.62% growth

About

In 2017, Swarthmore, PA had a population of 6.24k people with a median age of 30.9 and a median household income of $106,737. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Swarthmore, PA grew from 6,218 to 6,243, a 0.402% increase and its median household income grew from $92,292 to $106,737, a 15.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Swarthmore, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.15%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.15%), White (Hispanic) (2.79%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.64%). N/A% of the people in Swarthmore, PA speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Swarthmore, PA are Swarthmore College (483 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Swarthmore, PA is $387,800, and the homeownership rate is 74.2%. Most people in Swarthmore, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Swarthmore, PA is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Swarthmore, PA employs 3.04k people. The largest industries in Swarthmore, PA are Educational Services (836 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (471 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (264 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($135,962), Finance & Insurance ($108,313), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($107,500).

Median household income in Swarthmore, PA is $106,737. Males in Swarthmore, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Swarthmore, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$106,737

2017 value

± $6,803

15.7%

1 Year Growth

± 21.3%

Households in Swarthmore, PA have a median annual income of $106,737, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $92,292 in 2016, which represents a 15.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Swarthmore, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4076

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Swarthmore, PA was Census Tract 4076 with a value of $106,737, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

The following map shows all of the places in Swarthmore, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

3.09% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Swarthmore, PA (151 out of 4.88k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    114 ± 93

  2. Asian

    18 ± 80

  3. Black

    15 ± 74

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Swarthmore, PA is White, followed by Asian and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

3.04k

2017 Value

± 358

-1.01%

1 Year decline

± 16.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Swarthmore, PA declined at a rate of -1.01%, from 3.07k employees to 3.04k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Swarthmore, PA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (439 people), Management Occupations (341 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (269 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Swarthmore, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Swarthmore, PA, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (439 people), Management Occupations (341 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (269 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Swarthmore, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (5.62 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2.38 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (2.21 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Swarthmore, PA, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($118,125), Legal Occupations ($107,574), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($102,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.04k

2017 Value

± 358

-1.01%

1 Year decline

± 16.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Swarthmore, PA declined at a rate of -1.01%, from 3.07k employees to 3.04k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Swarthmore, PA, are Educational Services (836 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (471 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (264 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Swarthmore, PA, though some of these residents may live in Swarthmore, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Swarthmore, PA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (836 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (471 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (264 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Swarthmore, PA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (5.42 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.96 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Swarthmore, PA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($135,962), Finance & Insurance ($108,313), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($107,500).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $88.5B

  2. $57.4B

  3. $55.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $88.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($57.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($55.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$671B

2020 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

42.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $671B. This is expected to increase 42.2% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $65.4B

  2. $62.6B

  3. $35.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $65.4B, followed by New Jersey with $62.6B and Ohio and $35.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

97.6% of the population of Swarthmore, PA has health coverage, with 66.4% on employee plans, 6.41% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 0.144% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Swarthmore, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Swarthmore, PA see 935 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.63% increase from the previous year (920 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1233 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 402 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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935 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Delaware County, PA see an average of 935 patients per year. This represents a 1.63% increase from the previous year (920 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Delaware County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

2.4%

Uninsured

66.4%

Employer Coverage

6.41%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

13.6%

Non-Group

0.144%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Swarthmore, PA grew by 3% from 2.33% to 2.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Swarthmore, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Swarthmore, PA is home to a population of 6.24k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.14% of Swarthmore, PA residents were born outside of the country (508 people).

In 2017, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.09k people) in Swarthmore, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 384 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 384 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

26

Median Native-Born Age

± 9.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Swarthmore, PA was 30.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 26, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Swarthmore, PA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Swarthmore, PA residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.14%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

508 people

6.37%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

396 people

As of 2017, 8.14% of Swarthmore, PA residents (508 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Swarthmore, PA was 6.37%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Swarthmore, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Swarthmore, PA was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Swarthmore, PA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    5.09k ± 291

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    384 ± 256

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    384 ± 151

In 2017, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.09k people) in Swarthmore, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 384 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 384 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Swarthmore, PA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    60 ± 50

  2. Korea

    44 ± 44

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    39 ± 63

Swarthmore, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.36 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Swarthmore, PA awarded 483 degrees. The student population of Swarthmore, PA is skewed towards women, with 782 male students and 795 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Swarthmore, PA are White (211 and 48.8%), followed by Asian (82 and 19%), Hispanic or Latino (61 and 14.1%), and Two or More Races (37 and 8.56%).

The largest universities in Swarthmore, PA by number of degrees awarded are Swarthmore College (483 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Swarthmore, PA are General Economics (56 and 11.6%), General Computer & Information Sciences (48 and 9.94%), and General Biological Sciences (42 and 8.7%).

The median tuition costs in Swarthmore, PA are $50,424 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 56 degrees awarded

  2. 48 degrees awarded

  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Swarthmore, PA was General Economics with 56 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Swarthmore, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

483 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$50,424

Median Private

In 2017, the Swarthmore, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Swarthmore College with 483 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

261

Degrees Awarded to Men

222

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 261 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Swarthmore, PA, which is 1.18 times more than the 222 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    211 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    82 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    61 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Swarthmore, PA were to White students. These 211 degrees mean that there were 2.57 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 82 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Swarthmore, PA was $387,800 in 2017, which is 1.69 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $377,900 to $387,800, a 2.62% increase. The homeownership rate in Swarthmore, PA is 74.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Swarthmore, PA have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Swarthmore, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$387,800

2017 Median

± $35,828

$377,900

2016 Median

± $36,918

In 2017, the median property value in Swarthmore, PA grew to to $387,800 from the previous year's value of $377,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Swarthmore, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Swarthmore, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

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$106,737

Median Household Income

± $6,803

1.92k

Number of Households

± 260

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.92k households in Swarthmore, PA grew to $106,737 from the previous year's value of $92,292.

The following chart displays the households in Swarthmore, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Swarthmore, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Swarthmore, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

74.2%

2017 Homeownership

74.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.2% of the housing units in Swarthmore, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Swarthmore, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Swarthmore, PA have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.17% of the workforce in Swarthmore, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    54.9%

  2. Walked

    16.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    13.3%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Swarthmore, PA was Drove Alone (54.9%), followed by those who Walked (16.4%) and those who Worked At Home (13.3%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Swarthmore, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Swarthmore, PA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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