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Rheems, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Rheems Census Designated Place had a population of 1,677 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Rheems is located at latitude 40.1301 and longitude -76.5705 in Lancaster County. The formal boundaries for the Rheems Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 1.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lancaster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 427 feet.

The Rheems Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389746) 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 Rheems Census Designated Place is located within Township of West Donegal, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lancaster County.


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


Total Population 1,677 (100%)
Population in Households 1,610 (96.0%)
Population in Families 1,417 (84.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 67 ( 4.0%)
Population Density 1,420
Diversity Index2 14


Median Household Income $78,687
Average Household Income $94,964
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $33,207
Wealth Index5 102


Total HU (Housing Units) 613 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 442 (72.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 144 (23.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 27 ( 4.4%)
Median Home Value $192,938
Average Home Value $208,258
Housing Affordability Index3 244


Total Households 586
Average Household Size 2.75
Family Households 451
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 0.47% 0.57%
Households 0.53% 0.64%
Families 0.47% 0.57%
Median Household Income   0.98%
Per Capita Income   2.35%
Owner Occupied HU   0.54%


Rheems, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rheems 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 # 720 59th
Population Density # 875 50th
Median Household Income # 227 87th
Housing Affordability Index # 1309 74th
Per Capita Income # 499 72nd
Diversity Index # 872 50th

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