Lancaster, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Lancaster is the 8th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 60,931 as of July 1, 2015. Lancaster ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lancaster is located at latitude 40.0421 and longitude -76.301 in Lancaster County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lancaster (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Lancaster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 361 feet.

The City of Lancaster has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lancaster population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

City of Lancaster, PA Boundary Map

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Lancaster, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)

POPULATION

Total Population 60,931
Population in Households 57,603
Population in Familes 42,083
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,328
Population Density1 8,433
Diversity Index2 85
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 22,465
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 12,826
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 24,174 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,331 (38.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,134 (54.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,709 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $115,666
Average Home Value $132,723
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $32,787
Average Household Income $42,695
Per Capita Income $16,060
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.51% 0.47%
Households 0.58% 0.53%
Families 0.4% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.13%
Per Capita Income   2.39%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Lancaster, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster to the other 1,764 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 100th
Population Density1 # 24 99th
Diversity Index2 # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 1646 7th
Per Capita Income # 1722 2nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Pennsylvania Census Data Comparison Tool.