Lancaster County PA Information


Lancaster County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 552,587 (100%)
Population in Households 539,865 (97.7%)
Population in Families 446,827 (80.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 12,722 ( 2.3%)
Population Density 586
Diversity Index2 42


Median Household Income $65,815
Average Household Income $86,604
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $32,383
Wealth Index5 95


Total HU (Housing Units) 217,346 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 135,848 (62.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 70,475 (32.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 11,023 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $212,543
Average Home Value $262,250
Housing Affordability Index3 148


Total Households 206,323
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 142,407
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 0.61% 0.58%
Households 0.62% 0.6%
Families 0.49% 0.51%
Median Household Income   1.33%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
Owner Occupied HU   0.59%


Lancaster County PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster County to the other 67 counties and county equivalents 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 # 6 93rd
Population Density # 9 88th
Median Household Income # 8 90th
Housing Affordability Index # 13 19th
Per Capita Income # 15 79th
Diversity Index # 12 84th

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