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Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Lancaster is the 8th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 61,872 as of July 1, 2019. Lancaster 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 Lancaster is located at latitude 40.0379 and longitude -76.3055 in Lancaster County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lancaster encompass a land area of 7.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Lancaster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 361 feet.

The City of Lancaster (GNIS ID: 1215339) 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.


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Lancaster, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Lancaster, PA Housing Affordability Index is 135
State of Pennsylvania Housing Affordability Index is 131
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Lancaster, PA Wealth Index is 41
State of Pennsylvania Wealth Index is 99
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 61,872
Population in Households 58,546
Population in Familes 42,469
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,326
Population Density 8,561
Diversity Index1 87
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $39,127
Average Household Income $52,344
Per Capita Income $19,219
Wealth Index3 41

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 24,387 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,994 (36.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,579 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,814 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $119,492
Housing Affordability Index2 135
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 22,573
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 12,780
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.46% 0.43%
Households 0.38% 0.41%
Families 0.19% 0.28%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   2.5%

Lancaster, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster to the other 1,761 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 8 100th
Population Density # 23 99th
Diversity Index # 3 100th
Median Household Income # 1572 11th
Per Capita Income # 1692 4th

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