Shippensburg, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shippensburg, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of Shippensburg had a population of 5,736 as of July 1, 2017. Shippensburg ranks in 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 Shippensburg is located at latitude 40.0484 and longitude -77.5226 in Cumberland County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Shippensburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cumberland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 653 feet.

The Borough of Shippensburg (GNIS ID: 1217325) 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 Shippensburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Shippensburg, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,736
Daytime Population: Workers 3,388
Daytime Population: Residents 2,899
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,287
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 5,709
Population in Familes 3,330
Population in Group Qrtrs 27
Population Density2 2,882
Diversity Index3 30


Median Household Income $38,822
Average Household Income $55,774
Per Capita Income $24,862


Total Housing Units 2,777 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 955 (34.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,596 (57.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 225 ( 8.1%)
Median Home Value $165,741
Average Home Value $185,841


Total Households 2,552
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 1,149
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.6% 0.71%
Households 0.56% 0.7%
Families 0.35% 0.53%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   3.05%

Shippensburg, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shippensburg to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 219 88th
Population Density # 462 74th
Diversity Index # 328 81st
Median Household Income # 1502 15th
Per Capita Income # 1049 41st

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