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Adams County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2016: 102,180 (46% urban, 54% rural); it was 91,292 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 20,208
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 9,160
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 25,853
Renter-occupied apartments: 8,645 (it was 7,799 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

30%

Land area: 520 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 196 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Adams County: 94.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (20.3%), Educational, health and social services (15.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 59%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 34%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Adams County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (88.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (7.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.5%)
  • Asian alone (0.8%)
Median resident age:  44.2 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years
Males: 50,359  (49.3%)
Females: 51,821  (50.7%)

Adams County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Adams County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $59,300 ($42,704 in 1999)

This county:

$59,300
Pennsylvania:

$56,907

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $697 (lower quartile is $573, upper quartile is $855)
This county:

$697
State:

$732


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $206,900 (it was $109,500 in 2000)
Adams:

$206,900
Pennsylvania:

$174,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $149,200 - $284,000

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $245,000
Here:

$245,000
State:

$238,147

Townhouses or other attached units: $157,454
Here:

$157,454
State:

$174,860

In 2-unit structures: $214,718
Here:

$214,718
State:

$160,838

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $225,000
Here:

$225,000
State:

$215,517

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $173,854
Here:

$173,854
State:

$261,606

Mobile homes: $58,933
Here:

$58,933
State:

$63,841
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,439
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $525

Institutionalized population: 1,330

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 0
  • Burglaries: 0
  • Thefts: 0
  • Auto thefts: 0
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 384 buildings, average cost: $224,500
  • 2008: 278 buildings, average cost: $223,800
  • 2009: 198 buildings, average cost: $188,000
  • 2010: 284 buildings, average cost: $175,700
  • 2011: 146 buildings, average cost: $186,100
  • 2012: 167 buildings, average cost: $171,500
  • 2013: 200 buildings, average cost: $193,000
  • 2014: 222 buildings, average cost: $244,600

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $3,159 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,704 (1.3%)

Adams County household income distribution in 2009 Adams County home values distribution Adams County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 9.6%
Adams County:

9.6%
Pennsylvania:

12.9%
(8.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.6% for Black residents, 34.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 43.2% for other race residents, 16.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 44.2 years old
(Males: 43.1 years old, Females: 45.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46.5 years old, Black residents: 34.3 years old, American Indian residents: 28.4 years old, Asian residents: 43.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23.7 years old, Other race residents: 21.4 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Adams County is $504 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $603 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $812 a month.

Cities in this county include: Gettysburg, Littlestown, Carroll Valley, McSherrystown, Midway, Lake Meade, New Oxford, Bonneauville, East Berlin, Lake Heritage.

Adams County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Adams County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.151 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 11.0 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Adams County: Echo Mills (A), Lawrence Mills (B), Cardington (C), Lawrences Mills (D), Marple (E), Echo Mills (F), Clinton Mills (G), Duttons Mill (H), Hickmans Mill (I), Brintons Mill (J), Felton Mills (K), Tempest Mills (L), Beechwood Park (M), Glenriddle Station (N), Brandywine Summit Camp (O), Middletown Heights (P), Aronimink Golf Club (Q), Edgemont Golf Club (R), Llanerch Country Club (S), Paxon Hollow Golf Club (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Bond Shopping Center (1), Glen Eagle Square Shopping Center (2), Marple Crossroads Shopping Center (3), Newtown Square Shopping Center (4), Larkins Corner Shopping Center (5), Shoppes at Brinton Lake Shopping Center (6), Old Ridge Village Shopping Center (7), The Shops at Manoa Center Shopping Center (8), The Village Shop Center at Painters Crossroads Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Adams County include: All States Church (A), Elam United Methodist Church (B), Fellowship Baptist Church (C), Brandywine Baptist Church (D), Marple Church (E), Martyrs Church (F), Trinity Church (G), Grace Church (H), Grace Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Bethesda Cemetery (1), Springfield Cemetery (2), Fernwood Cemetery (3), Marple Hill Cemetery (4), Saint Charbel Mission Cemetery (5), Thornbury African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery (6), Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Brinton Lake (A), Earles Lake (B), Springton Reservoir (C), Karver Lake (D), Lenni Lake (E), Lake Green Countrie (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Pony Trail Creek (A), West Branch Naaman Creek (B), West Branch Chester Creek (C), Ithan Creek (D), Trout Run (E), Hotland Run (F), Stony Creek (G), Harvey Run (H), Hunter Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Adams County include: Ridley Creek State Park (1), Tyler Arboretum (2), Brandywine Racket Club (3), Elwell Field (4), Preston Park (5), Highland Farms Park (6), Nelson D Clayton Memorial Park (7), Beverly Hills Recreation Area (8), Naylors Run Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Chester County , Denver County, Colorado , Franklin County, Ohio , Plumas County, California , Lewis County, Missouri , Pike County, Illinois .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.6%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 4,694
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 21.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 4,476 (45.4% naturalized citizens)

Adams County:

4.4%
Whole state:

6.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 633
  • 2000 to 2009: 1,560
  • 1990 to 1999: 968
  • 1980 to 1989: 752
  • 1970 to 1979: 367
  • Before 1970: 474
Note: State values scaled to Adams County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 53.9%

Adams County marital status for males Adams County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 31,048
  • One, attached: 3,062
  • Two: 1,251
  • 3 or 4: 1,650
  • 5 to 9: 1,180
  • 10 to 19: 462
  • 20 to 49: 443
  • 50 or more: 290
  • Mobile homes: 2,226

Housing units in Adams County with a mortgage: 18,501 (701 second mortgage, 2,646 home equity loan, 214 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 11,219

Here:

62.1% with mortgage
State:

60.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Adams County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant18,85464
Catholic15,0497
Evangelical Protestant10,51059
Other9576
Black Protestant1802
None55,857-
Adams County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Adams County:

1.59 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 23
Adams County:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 77
This county:

7.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Adams County:

7.8%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Adams County:

25.6%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.0%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Adams County:

Average size of farms: 144 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $110,871
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $459.95
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.65%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 61.81%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $103,366
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 64.11%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $74,562
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.14%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.01
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 26.79%
Corn for grain: 20307 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 13736 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 15171 harvested acres
Vegetables: 469 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 17,219 acres

Tornado activity:

Adams County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 10329959.0 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Adams County-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 69.0 miles away from Adams County center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 203.0 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 70.3 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 241.0 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 161.6 miles away from Adams County center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 318.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 22, 2016 to January 23, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4267: March 23, 2016, FEMA Id: 4267, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3356: October 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 3356, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared EM-3340: September 08, 2011, FEMA Id: 3340, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4030: September 12, 2011, FEMA Id: 4030, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 05, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1898: April 16, 2010, FEMA Id: 1898, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 10, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1649: June 30, 2006, FEMA Id: 1649, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3235: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 19, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3180: March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: 3180, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • Pennsylvania Flooding, Incident Period: June 12, 1996 to June 19, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1120: June 18, 1996, FEMA Id: 1120, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Pennsylvania Flooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 01, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1093: January 21, 1996, FEMA Id: 1093, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • 6 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Adams County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Tropical Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Material moving occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (26%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (51%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (3%)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (3%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland (2%)
  • Guatemala (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Adams County (%):

  • German (36%)
  • American (15%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Pennsylvania German (2%)
  • Polish (2%)

Adams County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 28,152 (79.5%)
  • Carpooled: 2,589 (7.3%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 118 (0.3%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 327 (0.9%)
  • Bicycle: 174 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 1,845 (5.2%)
  • Worked at home: 2,268 (6.4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Adams County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

  • 1,914 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 967 people in nursing homes
  • 203 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 184 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 112 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 104 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 31 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 27 people in religious group quarters
  • 26 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 24 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 10 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 6 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Adams County, Pennsylvania in 2010:

  • 2,399 people in college/university student housing
  • 955 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 304 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 103 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 71 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 59 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 52 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 50 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $54,939.

4.79% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,786 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.79%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($562 average AGI)
Adams County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

2.72% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($21,968 average AGI)
2.03% relocated from other states ($19,255 average AGI)
Adams County:

2.03%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from York County, PA  1.59% ($35,805 average AGI)
from Carroll County, MD  0.34% ($48,986)
from Cumberland County, PA  0.26% ($53,444)
from Franklin County, PA  0.24% ($31,260)
from Frederick County, MD  0.19% ($45,075)
from Baltimore County, MD  0.12% ($43,167)
from Dauphin County, PA  0.07% ($41,933)


5.24% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,816 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.24%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($419 average AGI)
Adams County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

2.98% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($18,999 average AGI)
2.22% relocated to other states ($17,398 average AGI)
Adams County:

2.22%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to York County, PA  1.65% ($32,159 average AGI)
to Franklin County, PA  0.32% ($37,348)
to Cumberland County, PA  0.30% ($39,675)
to Carroll County, MD  0.22% ($33,033)
to Frederick County, MD  0.18% ($47,784)
to Lancaster County, PA  0.10% ($29,333)
to Dauphin County, PA  0.09% ($34,154)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 1.2

Births per 1000 population in Adams County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Adams County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Adams County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 12.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.4%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Adams County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Adams County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 16,462 (14,359 aged, 2,103 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,074 (4%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Adams County, Pennsylvania in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,595)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (868)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (816)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (601)
  • Unspecified dementia (508)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (503)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (455)
  • Congestive heart failure (407)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (390)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (269)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.02
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4,862
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 97
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 24,651

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,144
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 917
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 6

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 67

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 105.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 59.6
  • Other - 46.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 102,180
  • In family households: 83,625 (13,310 male householders, 12,933 female householders)
    21,289 spouses, 27,343 children (24,858 natural, 996 adopted, 1,489 stepchildren), 2,325 grandchildren, 579 brothers or sisters, 1,086 parents, 2,366 other relatives, 2,394 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 14,500 (5,306 male householders (4,158 living alone)), 6,576 female householders (5,973 living alone)), 2,618 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 4,055

Size of family households: 13,318 2-persons, 5,855 3-persons, 3,862 4-persons, 2,121 5-persons, 774 6-persons, 313 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 10,131 1-person, 1,382 2-persons, 168 3-persons, 96 4-persons, 105 5-persons.

12,858 married couples with children.
4,927 single-parent households (980 men, 3,947 women).

93.0% of residents of Adams speak English at home.
5.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (44% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 25% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $464,720,000 ($4,727 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $37,687,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $236,849,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $77,919,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,621,000
Federal grants: $84,679,000
Federal procurement contracts: $22,874,000 ($12,074,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $33,779,000 ($7,318,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,341,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $53,166,000
Federal Government insurance: $75,639,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 5,439
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 4,572
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +803
Here:

+8 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +6,948
Here +70 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Adams County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 10.02 millions of gallons per day (25% from ground, 75% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.4

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 253
  • 2010 to 2013: 719
  • 2000 to 2009: 5,602
  • 1990 to 1999: 6,600
  • 1980 to 1989: 5,643
  • 1970 to 1979: 6,062
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,183
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,900
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,512
  • 1939 or earlier: 9,138
Note: State values scaled to Adams population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Adams County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Adams County population
  • 1 room: 82
  • 2 rooms: 89
  • 3 rooms: 308
  • 4 rooms: 2,659
  • 5 rooms: 5,844
  • 6 rooms: 6,377
  • 7 rooms: 4,930
  • 8 rooms: 3,644
  • 9+ rooms: 5,787
  • 1 room: 436
  • 2 rooms: 238
  • 3 rooms: 1,232
  • 4 rooms: 2,164
  • 5 rooms: 1,428
  • 6 rooms: 1,407
  • 7 rooms: 627
  • 8 rooms: 478
  • 9+ rooms: 395
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Adams County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Adams County population
  • no bedroom: 142
  • 1 bedroom: 492
  • 2 bedrooms: 4,902
  • 3 bedrooms: 16,485
  • 4 bedrooms: 6,589
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,110
  • no bedroom: 436
  • 1 bedroom: 1,648
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,243
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,407
  • 4 bedrooms: 461
  • 5+ bedrooms: 210
Cars and other vehicles available in Adams County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Adams County population
  • no vehicle: 922
  • 1 vehicle: 7,144
  • 2 vehicles: 11,834
  • 3 vehicles: 6,557
  • 4 vehicles: 1,976
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,287
  • no vehicle: 1,118
  • 1 vehicle: 4,043
  • 2 vehicles: 2,158
  • 3 vehicles: 766
  • 4 vehicles: 251
  • 5+ vehicles: 69

90% of Adams County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 27% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 126% lived in Pennsylvania.

Adams County:

89.7%
State average:

87.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 65,007
  • Other state: 32,098
  • Northeast: 5,762
  • Midwest: 2,898
  • South: 21,982
  • West: 1,456

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Adams County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (32.5%)
  • Electricity (24.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.1%)
  • Wood (6.3%)
  • Coal or coke (1.1%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.3%)
  • Electricity (41.3%)
  • Utility gas (38.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8.4%)
  • Wood (5.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.2%)
  • Coal or coke (0.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 834
Here:

8.4%
Pennsylvania:

15.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 500
Here:

10.1%
Pennsylvania:

13.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,600
Here:

62.6%
Pennsylvania:

37.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Adams County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $10,792,000
    Health - Other: $10,518,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,316,000
    Correctional Institutions: $8,694,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,780,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,422,000
    Financial Administration: $2,310,000
    General - Other: $1,578,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,542,000
    General Public Buildings: $681,000
    Regular Highways: $679,000
    Libraries: $536,000
    Parks and Recreation: $400,000
    Solid Waste Management: $293,000
    Housing and Community Development: $128,000
    Police Protection: $51,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $51,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,821,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $119,000
    General - Other: $67,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $37,000
    Health - Other: $36,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $7,000
    Police Protection: $2,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $19,678,000

Adams County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $16,440,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $1,783,000
    All Other: $361,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $1,202,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $372,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $278,000
    Rents: $9,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $9,678,000
    Public Welfare: $3,629,000
    All Other: $1,335,000
    Housing and Community Development: $637,000
    Highways: $592,000
  • Tax - Property: $21,380,000
    Other Selective Sales: $931,000

Adams County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $42,838,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $41,830,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,008,000

Adams County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,447,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $22,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 958
  • Number of aged recipients: 92
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 866
  • Number of recipients under 18: 171
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 607
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 180
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 396
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 407
Adams County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Adams County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Adams County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary99982.0 years
John78376.8 years
Charles62676.2 years
William56974.9 years
Robert55272.1 years
George42177.4 years
Helen38681.7 years
Margaret37079.7 years
Ruth36781.3 years
Paul34575.8 years
Most common last names in Adams County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller47878.3 years
Smith37178.1 years
Myers26278.9 years
Baker17076.1 years
Weaver16678.4 years
Snyder14280.5 years
Sanders13678.2 years
Brown12179.8 years
Martin10576.0 years
Weikert9779.2 years
Businesses in Adams County, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven4Justice1
AT&T1KFC1
Ace Hardware1Kincaid1
Aeropostale1Kroger2
American Eagle Outfitters1Lane Bryant1
Arby's1Lane Furniture1
Bath & Body Works1Levi Strauss & Co.1
Best Western1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Blockbuster1Maurices1
Brooks Brothers1McDonald's4
Burger King2Motel 61
CVS1New Balance1
Casual Male XL1Nike2
Catherines1Old Navy1
Chevrolet1Pac Sun1
Comfort Inn1Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Suites1Penske1
Curves3Pizza Hut1
DHL1Quality2
Dairy Queen1Quiznos1
Days Inn1Rite Aid2
Domino's Pizza1Ruby Tuesday1
DressBarn1Rue211
Dressbarn1SAS Shoes1
Econo Lodge1Sleep Inn1
Eddie Bauer1Sprint Nextel1
Famous Footwear1Staples1
FedEx7Subway6
Ford1Super 81
GNC3T.G.I. Driday's1
GameStop1Travelodge1
Gap1True Value2
Gymboree1U-Haul4
H&R Block5UPS9
Hardee's1Walmart1
Hilton2Wendy's2
IZOD1YMCA1
Jones New York3

Adams County on our top lists:

  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"