New Kensington, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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New Kensington, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of New Kensington had a population of 12,707 as of July 1, 2016. New Kensington 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 New Kensington is located at latitude 40.5725 and longitude -79.7531 in Westmoreland County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Kensington (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.95 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Westmoreland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 791 feet.

The City of New Kensington (GNIS ID: 1215714) 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 New Kensington population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for New Kensington: Kensington.

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New Kensington, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 12,707
Population in Households 12,692
Population in Familes 9,532
Population in Group Qrtrs 15
Population Density1 3,218
Diversity Index2 34


Total Households 5,826
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 3,393
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,922 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,436 (49.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,390 (34.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,096 (15.8%)
Median Home Value $89,444
Average Home Value $104,999


Median Household Income $36,941
Average Household Income $51,089
Per Capita Income $23,449
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.51% -0.34%
Households -0.39% -0.27%
Families -0.55% -0.37%
Median Household Income   -0.62%
Per Capita Income   1.66%
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.

New Kensington, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Kensington to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 67 96th
Population Density1 # 371 79th
Diversity Index2 # 248 86th
Median Household Income # 1529 13th
Per Capita Income # 1104 37th

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