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New Castle, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of New Castle had a population of 22,298 as of July 1, 2020. New Castle 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 New Castle is located at latitude 41.0037 and longitude -80.347 in Lawrence County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Castle encompass a land area of 8.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.23 sq. miles. Lawrence County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 846 feet.

The City of New Castle (GNIS ID: 1215356) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for New Castle: Newcastle.


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


Total Population 22,298 (100%)
Population in Households 21,555 (96.7%)
Population in Families 16,312 (73.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 743 ( 3.3%)
Population Density 2,684
Diversity Index2 38


Median Household Income $33,787
Average Household Income $46,234
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $19,708
Wealth Index5 37


Total HU (Housing Units) 11,179 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,620 (50.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,856 (34.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,703 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $67,009
Average Home Value $92,794
Housing Affordability Index3 220


Total Households 9,476
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 5,523
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 -0.42% -0.52%
Households -0.29% -0.47%
Families -0.46% -0.58%
Median Household Income   1.35%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.54%


New Castle, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Castle 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 # 27 99th
Population Density # 502 72nd
Median Household Income # 1697 4th
Housing Affordability Index # 1091 62nd
Per Capita Income # 1694 4th
Diversity Index # 246 86th

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