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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2014: 533,320 (79% urban, 21% rural); it was 470,658 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 89,572
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 43,131
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 122,264
Renter-occupied apartments: 60,899 (it was 50,296 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

30%

Land area: 949 sq. mi.

Water area: 34.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 562 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Lancaster County: 96.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (28.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (18.1%), Educational, health and social services (11.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 49%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 44%
  • Unpaid family work: 4%
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Races in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (84.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (8.6%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.1%)
  • Asian alone (1.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years
Males: 260,616  (48.9%)
Females: 272,704  (51.1%)

Lancaster County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Lancaster County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $59,262 ($45,507 in 1999)

This county:

$59,262
Pennsylvania:

$55,702

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $785 (lower quartile is $615, upper quartile is $999)
This county:

$785
State:

$709


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $197,400 (it was $118,300 in 2000)
Lancaster:

$197,400
Pennsylvania:

$170,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $138,500 - $275,900

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $258,882
Here:

$258,882
State:

$233,967

Townhouses or other attached units: $163,433
Here:

$163,433
State:

$171,258

In 2-unit structures: $238,996
Here:

$238,996
State:

$159,964

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $197,497
Here:

$197,497
State:

$187,323

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $175,764
Here:

$175,764
State:

$233,042

Mobile homes: $51,673
Here:

$51,673
State:

$59,475

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $215,046
Here:

$215,046
State:

$208,712
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,451
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $554

Institutionalized population: 5,497

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 3
  • Burglaries: 0
  • Thefts: 0
  • Auto thefts: 0

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 3
  • Burglaries: 0
  • Thefts: 0
  • Auto thefts: 0
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1386 buildings, average cost: $171,600
  • 2008: 1170 buildings, average cost: $164,500
  • 2009: 990 buildings, average cost: $164,400
  • 2010: 1149 buildings, average cost: $169,200
  • 2011: 731 buildings, average cost: $167,600
  • 2012: 781 buildings, average cost: $164,300
  • 2013: 980 buildings, average cost: $169,900
  • 2014: 970 buildings, average cost: $189,100

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 2015: $3,392 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $3,095 (1.7%)

Lancaster County household income distribution in 2009 Lancaster County home values distribution Lancaster County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 10.9%
(8.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.6% for Black residents, 26.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.0% for American Indian residents, 52.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 35.2% for other race residents, 21.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 10.9%
Lancaster County:

10.9%
Pennsylvania:

13.2%
(8.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.2% for Black residents, 26.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.2% for American Indian residents, 52.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.5% for other race residents, 19.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 24 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Area name: Lancaster, PA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lancaster County is $544 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $670 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $850 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lancaster, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Lititz, Millersville, Willow Street, Mount Joy, Leacock-Leola-Bareville, New Holland.

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

2012 air pollution in Lancaster County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.025 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 15.6 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 12.7 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Above U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Juab County, Utah , Garfield County, Colorado , Fountain County, Indiana , Knox County, Ohio , Madison County, Indiana .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.7%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 18,811
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 15,037 (48% naturalized citizens)

Lancaster County:

3.2%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 3,548
  • 1990 to 1994: 2,911
  • 1985 to 1989: 1,919
  • 1980 to 1984: 1,506
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,441
  • 1970 to 1974: 843
  • 1970 to 1974: 734
  • 1965 to 1969: 2,135
Note: State values scaled to Lancaster County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 87.0%

Lancaster County marital status for males Lancaster County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 100,952
  • One, attached: 34,044
  • Two: 7,867
  • 3 or 4: 8,837
  • 5 to 9: 8,559
  • 10 to 19: 4,515
  • 20 or more: 6,679
  • Mobile homes: 8,502
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 35

Housing units in Lancaster County with a mortgage: 70,257 (5,924 second mortgage, 12,687 home equity loan, 380 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 32,839

Here:

68.1% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lancaster County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant122,957568
Mainline Protestant71,573192
Catholic51,29220
Other5,53620
Black Protestant2,1638
Orthodox1,6002
None264,324-
Lancaster 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: 106
Lancaster County:

2.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Here:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 31
This county:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 131
Lancaster County:

2.63 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 296
This county:

5.94 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lancaster County:

8.4%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Lancaster County:

27.4%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.1%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Lancaster County:

Average size of farms: 78 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $150,831
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $296.14
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.24%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 88.94%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $124,141
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 72.42%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.99%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $68,923
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.43%
Average age of principal farm operators: 47 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 62.09
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 42.08%
Corn for grain: 69829 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 10830 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 28223 harvested acres
Vegetables: 5,759 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 963 acres

Earthquake activity:

Lancaster County-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% 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 22.3 miles away from Lancaster 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 23.1 miles away from the 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 236.9 miles away from the 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 286.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 276.4 miles away from Lancaster 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 192.5 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 Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 04, 2014 to February 20, 2014, Emergency Declared EM-3367: February 06, 2014, FEMA Id: 3367, Natural disaster type: 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 Hurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 16, 1999 to September 29, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1294: September 18, 1999, FEMA Id: 1294, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Lancaster County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 5

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

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

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

  • Vietnam (13%)
  • Dominican Republic (6%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • Mexico (5%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Russia (4%)

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

  • German (40%)
  • United States or American (12%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • Italian (5%)
  • Swiss (3%)
  • Polish (2%)

Lancaster County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 181,149 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 23,602 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,161 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 23 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 27 (0%)
  • Railroad: 275 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 5 (0%)
  • Taxi: 265 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 219 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 1,049 (0%)
  • Walked: 10,080 (4%)
  • Other means: 1,631 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 11,188 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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


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

  • 5,670 people in nursing homes
  • 5,411 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 984 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 736 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 334 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 279 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 239 people in religious group quarters
  • 185 people in other group homes
  • 170 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 93 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 57 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 41 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 37 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 33 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 32 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 28 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 18 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 16 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 12 people in halfway houses
  • 9 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 4 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill

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

  • 5,642 people in college/university student housing
  • 4,311 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 950 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 554 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 400 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 369 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 102 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 76 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 74 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 74 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 58 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 12 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 9 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 7 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,930.

3.15% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($43,064 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.15%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($297 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

1.81% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($22,831 average AGI)
1.30% relocated from other states ($19,936 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

1.30%
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 Chester County, PA  0.28% ($40,704 average AGI)
from York County, PA  0.25% ($36,759)
from Dauphin County, PA  0.22% ($42,322)
from Berks County, PA  0.21% ($43,804)
from Lebanon County, PA  0.14% ($36,442)
from Philadelphia County, PA  0.09% ($37,461)
from Cumberland County, PA  0.08% ($36,614)


3.31% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,546 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.31%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($332 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

1.71% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($20,030 average AGI)
1.55% relocated to other states ($20,184 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

1.55%
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  0.26% ($37,678 average AGI)
to Chester County, PA  0.23% ($39,626)
to Dauphin County, PA  0.21% ($42,571)
to Berks County, PA  0.19% ($35,091)
to Lebanon County, PA  0.15% ($43,538)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.11% ($29,535)
to Cumberland County, PA  0.08% ($44,170)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.7

Births per 1000 population in Lancaster County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Lancaster County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 7.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lancaster County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lancaster County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lancaster County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 80,077 (69,769 aged, 10,308 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 12,814 (10%)

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 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (5,662)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (4,024)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3,050)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,887)
  • Unspecified dementia (2,873)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (2,734)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (2,665)
  • Congestive heart failure (2,476)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,826)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,379)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.82
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,761
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 212
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 27,915

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,400
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 900
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 44
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 76

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 26.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 12.7
  • Other - 13.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 89.5. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 46.2
  • Suffocation - 20.7
  • Poisoning - 16.6
  • Other - 5.9

Household type by relationship:

Households: 506,807
  • In family households: 433,818 (104,765 male householders, 30,636 female householders)
    109,118 spouses, 157,823 children (147,471 natural, 3,956 adopted, 6,396 stepchildren), 7,891 grandchildren, 3,278 brothers or sisters, 3,673 parents, 3,750 other relatives, 10,275 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 72,989 (26,241 male householders (19,726 living alone)), 31,960 female householders (27,067 living alone)), 14,788 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 12,638 (5,497 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 60,107 2-persons, 29,018 3-persons, 24,935 4-persons, 11,642 5-persons, 4,929 6-persons, 4,770 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 46,793 1-person, 9,130 2-persons, 1,573 3-persons, 515 4-persons, 101 5-persons, 50 6-persons, 39 7-or-more-persons.

95,885 married couples with children.
21,246 single-parent households (5,312 men, 15,934 women).

86.9% of residents of Lancaster County speak English at home.
5.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
6.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (61% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (41% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,060,356,000 ($4,228 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $126,523,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,080,793,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $430,319,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,555,000
Federal grants: $301,535,000
Federal procurement contracts: $136,235,000 ($87,642,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $99,919,000 ($5,533,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $6,622,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $246,918,000
Federal Government insurance: $147,268,000

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

Births: 34,991
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 22,465
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,919
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +5,150
Here +10 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lancaster County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 71.35 millions of gallons per day (18% from ground, 82% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.6
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 1,237
  • 2010 to 2013: 4,263
  • 2000 to 2009: 26,354
  • 1990 to 1999: 26,989
  • 1980 to 1989: 31,098
  • 1970 to 1979: 25,476
  • 1960 to 1969: 18,211
  • 1950 to 1959: 18,972
  • 1940 to 1949: 8,384
  • 1939 or earlier: 46,151
Note: State values scaled to Lancaster population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lancaster County population
  • 1 room: 84
  • 2 rooms: 375
  • 3 rooms: 1,795
  • 4 rooms: 7,286
  • 5 rooms: 19,185
  • 6 rooms: 31,099
  • 7 rooms: 24,995
  • 8 rooms: 20,750
  • 9+ rooms: 16,695
  • 1 room: 1,498
  • 2 rooms: 3,466
  • 3 rooms: 9,377
  • 4 rooms: 12,909
  • 5 rooms: 9,611
  • 6 rooms: 6,685
  • 7 rooms: 3,309
  • 8 rooms: 1,842
  • 9+ rooms: 1,599
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lancaster County population
  • no bedroom: 149
  • 1 bedroom: 2,232
  • 2 bedrooms: 19,084
  • 3 bedrooms: 65,275
  • 4 bedrooms: 28,910
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6,614
  • no bedroom: 1,890
  • 1 bedroom: 14,456
  • 2 bedrooms: 18,797
  • 3 bedrooms: 10,763
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,082
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,308
Cars and other vehicles available in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lancaster County population
  • no vehicle: 6,875
  • 1 vehicle: 29,336
  • 2 vehicles: 58,963
  • 3 vehicles: 19,685
  • 4 vehicles: 5,520
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,885
  • no vehicle: 9,962
  • 1 vehicle: 23,748
  • 2 vehicles: 13,288
  • 3 vehicles: 2,570
  • 4 vehicles: 495
  • 5+ vehicles: 233

61% of Lancaster County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 71% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Pennsylvania.

Lancaster County:

61.0%
State average:

64.4%

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

  • This state: 372,146
  • Northeast: 31,335
  • Midwest: 13,530
  • South: 22,290
  • West: 5,632

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $89,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lancaster County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (37.1%)
  • Electricity (30.1%)
  • Utility gas (21.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.2%)
  • Coal or coke (3.5%)
  • Wood (2.5%)
  • Electricity (36.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (27.8%)
  • Utility gas (26.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.5%)
  • Coal or coke (2.0%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 12,099
Here:

20.6%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3,377
Here:

13.6%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,743
Here:

35.6%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

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)

Lancaster County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $11,587,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $63,562,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $35,854,000
    Correctional Institutions: $31,980,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $21,981,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $21,748,000
    General - Other: $19,269,000
    Financial Administration: $11,607,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,393,000
    Police Protection: $8,700,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,836,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,922,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,619,000
    Libraries: $2,340,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,277,000
    Regular Highways: $280,000
    Local Fire Protection: $206,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $90,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $50,955,000
    Corporate Bonds: $11,633,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $10,725,000
    Benefit Payments: $7,583,000
    Withdrawals: $2,485,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,501,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $12,438,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $696,000
    Regular Highways: $447,000
    Health - Other: $159,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $100,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $88,022,000

Lancaster County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $44,552,000
    Parks and Recreation: $273,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $8,961,000
    From Parent Local Government: $7,400,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $4,613,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $11,008,000
    Interest Earnings: $3,305,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,845,000
    Sale of Property: $1,504,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $56,282,000
    Public Welfare: $32,650,000
    All Other: $21,989,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,836,000
    Highways: $857,000
  • Tax - Property: $83,710,000

Lancaster County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $173,802,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $156,357,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,020,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,575,000

Lancaster County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $25,354,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $44,212,000
    Total Federal Securities: $29,802,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $35,300,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,797,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 7,974
  • Number of aged recipients: 763
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 7,211
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,711
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 4,835
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,428
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,607
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 3,847
Lancaster County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 94 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,393$161,9272,555$161,83210,452$165,4891,229$77,58630$321,767618$120,841119$73,202
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED82$146,451164$165,933895$162,993144$43,2296$450,50048$144,60444$48,659
APPLICATIONS DENIED277$153,018340$119,4323,209$170,813553$47,48616$428,875187$106,898167$49,515
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN168$153,405171$176,9652,018$169,236164$116,7326$442,83381$133,50615$66,933
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS53$151,07552$147,500367$175,97521$103,6670$018$142,44414$47,857
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 92 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED411$193,645321$201,4331$101,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED90$194,48988$222,2165$104,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED63$191,68351$194,4510$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN22$197,54521$218,1430$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS6$220,1675$182,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Lancaster County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary3,44882.0 years
John3,34076.2 years
William2,16576.8 years
Anna2,07382.8 years
Charles2,05576.3 years
Robert2,00673.0 years
Helen1,46981.5 years
Ruth1,40381.4 years
George1,38677.0 years
Harry1,37978.9 years
Most common last names in Lancaster County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller1,22978.8 years
Smith91877.3 years
Martin84978.7 years
Weaver58579.1 years
Herr55280.7 years
Myers53077.1 years
Hess47380.2 years
Groff46778.7 years
Brown42876.1 years
Snyder38179.5 years
Businesses in Lancaster County, PA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1Kroger61
ALDO1LA Fitness1
AT&T7La Quinta1
Abercrombie & Fitch1La-Z-Boy5
Abercrombie Kids1Lane Bryant1
Ace Hardware5Lane Furniture6
Advance Auto Parts9LensCrafters1
Aeropostale3Levi Strauss & Co.1
American Eagle Outfitters1Little Caesars Pizza4
Ann Taylor4Long John Silver's2
Apple Store1Lowe's2
Applebee's2MainStay1
Arby's4Marriott3
Audi1Marshalls1
AutoZone4MasterBrand Cabinets51
BMW1Maurices1
Bakers1Mazda1
Banana Republic2McDonald's17
Barnes & Noble1Men's Wearhouse2
Baskin-Robbins2Motel 61
Bath & Body Works2Motherhood Maternity3
Bebe1New Balance5
Bed Bath & Beyond1New York & Co1
Best Western2Nike21
Blockbuster7Nissan1
Brooks Brothers1OfficeMax1
Burger King13Old Country Buffet1
CVS17Old Navy1
Carson Pirie Scott2Olive Garden2
Casual Male XL1Outback1
Charlotte Russe1Outback Steakhouse1
Chico's2Pac Sun1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Panera Bread2
Cinnabon 1Papa John's Pizza3
Clarion1Payless6
Clarks2Penske4
Coldwater Creek1PetSmart2
Comfort Inn4Pier 1 Imports1
Comfort Suites1Pizza Hut9
Costco1Pottery Barn1
Cracker Barrel1Pottery Barn Kids1
Curves9Qdoba Mexican Grill1
DHL1Quiznos2
Dairy Queen3RadioShack10
Days Inn1Red Lobster1
Deb2Red Robin1
Decora Cabinetry10Red Roof Inn2
Dennys1Rite Aid6
Domino's Pizza8Rodeway Inn3
DressBarn3Ruby Tuesday3
Dressbarn3Rue211
Dunkin Donuts19Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Econo Lodge2SAS Shoes3
Eddie Bauer1SONIC Drive-In3
Famous Footwear1Sears6
Fashion Bug4Sephora1
FedEx53Shoe Carnival2
Finish Line1Skechers USA1
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Sleep Inn2
Foot Locker1Spencer Gifts1
Ford8Sprint Nextel6
Forever 211Staples3
GNC8Starbucks6
GameStop5Subaru1
Gap2Subway33
Giant11Super 82
Goodwill5T-Mobile17
Gymboree2T.G.I. Driday's1
H&M1T.J.Maxx1
H&R Block16Taco Bell4
Haagen-Dazs1Talbots2
Hawthorn1Target1
Hilton5The Limited1
Holiday Inn4The Room Place3
Hollister Co.1Toyota2
Home Depot1Toys"R"Us2
Honda1Travelodge1
Hot Topic1True Value10
Hyundai1U-Haul22
IZOD2UPS58
J. Jill1Vans3
J.Crew1Verizon Wireless6
JCPenney1Victoria's Secret1
JoS. A. Bank2Volkswagen1
Jones New York4Waffle House2
Journeys1Walgreens1
Justice2Walmart3
KFC4Wendy's9
Kincaid3Wet Seal1
Kmart6Wingate1
Knights Inn1YMCA3
Kohl's2

Lancaster County on our top lists:

  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"