New Kensington, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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New Kensington, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of New Kensington had a population of 12,798 as of July 1, 2017. New Kensington 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 New Kensington is located at latitude 40.5725 and longitude -79.7531 in Westmoreland County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Kensington (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.95 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Westmoreland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 791 feet.

The City of New Kensington (GNIS ID: 1215714) 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 New Kensington 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 New Kensington: Kensington.

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


Total Population 12,798
Daytime Population: Workers 5,600
Daytime Population: Residents 7,456
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 13,056
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.02
Population in Households 12,783
Population in Familes 9,587
Population in Group Qrtrs 15
Population Density2 3,241
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $39,070
Average Household Income $54,256
Per Capita Income $24,818


Total Housing Units 6,915 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,451 (49.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,397 (34.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,067 (15.4%)
Median Home Value $94,423
Average Home Value $109,693


Total Households 5,848
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 3,405
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 -0.34% -0.31%
Households -0.28% -0.28%
Families -0.42% -0.36%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   2.8%

New Kensington, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Kensington 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 # 66 96th
Population Density # 375 79th
Diversity Index # 257 85th
Median Household Income # 1491 15th
Per Capita Income # 1064 40th

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