McKnightstown, PA Profile: Facts & Data


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McKnightstown, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The McKnightstown Census Designated Place had a population of 253 as of July 1, 2020. McKnightstown ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for 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 McKnightstown is located at latitude 39.8707 and longitude -77.3255 in Adams County. The formal boundaries for the McKnightstown Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 0.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Adams County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 643 feet.

The McKnightstown Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2630025) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The McKnightstown Census Designated Place is located within Township of Franklin, a minor civil division (MCD) of Adams County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for McKnightstown: New Salem.


McKnightstown, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 253 (100%)
Population in Households 250 (98.8%)
Population in Families 216 (85.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3 ( 1.2%)
Population Density 284
Diversity Index2 32


Median Household Income $63,255
Average Household Income $79,175
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $29,318
Wealth Index5 77


Total HU (Housing Units) 111 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 77 (69.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 27 (24.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 8 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $226,786
Average Home Value $272,000
Housing Affordability Index3 175


Total Households 103
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 77
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.11% 0.85%
Households 1.22% 0.95%
Families 2.46% 1.02%
Median Household Income   2.54%
Per Capita Income   1.96%
Owner Occupied HU   1.51%


McKnightstown, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McKnightstown to the other 1,761 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 1562 11th
Population Density # 1604 9th
Median Household Income # 528 70th
Housing Affordability Index # 526 30th
Per Capita Income # 813 54th
Diversity Index # 347 80th

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