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Sunbury, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Sunbury had a population of 9,578 as of July 1, 2017. Sunbury 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 Sunbury is located at latitude 40.8614 and longitude -76.7867 in Northumberland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sunbury (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0.1 sq. miles. Northumberland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 446 feet.

The City of Sunbury (GNIS ID: 1215519) 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 Sunbury population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sunbury: Shamokin, Simsbury.

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


Total Population 9,578
Daytime Population: Workers 5,562
Daytime Population: Residents 5,594
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,156
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.16
Population in Households 9,158
Population in Familes 6,669
Population in Group Qrtrs 420
Population Density2 4,644
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $32,270
Average Household Income $43,513
Per Capita Income $18,962


Total Housing Units 4,867 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,723 (35.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,344 (48.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 800 (16.4%)
Median Home Value $78,534
Average Home Value $92,150


Total Households 4,067
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 2,299
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 -0.46% -0.45%
Households -0.52% -0.44%
Families -0.64% -0.51%
Median Household Income   0.38%
Per Capita Income   1.93%

Sunbury, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sunbury 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 # 99 94th
Population Density # 173 90th
Diversity Index # 211 88th
Median Household Income # 1706 3rd
Per Capita Income # 1680 5th

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