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Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of Sandy Lake is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Mercer County at latitude 41.3502 and longitude -80.0837. Mercer County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,158 feet.

The formal official name is the Borough of Sandy Lake, but most people and references simply refer to it as Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania.

The P1 Census Class Code for Sandy Lake indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Borough of Sandy Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Sandy Lake, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 638
Population in Households 638
Population in Familes 518
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 767
Diversity Index2 6


Total Households 268
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 187
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 302 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 171 (56.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 97 (32.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 34 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $83,250
Average Home Value $94,737


Median Household Income $43,096
Average Household Income $51,403
Per Capita Income $21,593
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.76% -0.57%
Households -0.52% -0.45%
Families -0.62% -0.54%
Median Household Income   3.02%
Per Capita Income   2.97%
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.


Sandy Lake, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sandy Lake to the other 1,764 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 1202 32nd
Population Density1 # 1202 32nd
Diversity Index2 # 1325 25th
Median Household Income # 1166 34th
Per Capita Income # 1261 29th

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