Living in Lancaster, PA

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Updated: 2020-03-10

Lancaster SnackAbility

6
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
5/10
Housing
6
Affordability
6
Diversity
10
Safety
4
Amenities
10
Education
6
Commute
8.5

Lancaster, PA Crime Report

1,999
Total Crimes
3,345.0
Total Crimes / 100k People
30.24%
Above National Average

Lancaster, PA Cost Of Living

86
Lancaster's Overall Cost Of Living
0.9x
Lower Than The National Average

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Info Snack

Lancaster (/lænkæstr/, locally /lækstr/) is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States (along with Hartford, Connecticut; Springfield, Massachusetts; Petersburg, Virginia; Albany, New York; Schenectady, New York, and several other early settlements). With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities. The Lancaster metropolitan area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and second largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area.
Population
59,503
Unemployment
7.1%
Poverty
24.8%
Median Home
$111,800
Median Income
$42,632
Median Rent
$834

Lancaster, PA Photos

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Rankings for Lancaster in Pennsylvania

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Map Of Lancaster, PA

Population over time in Lancaster

Year Population % Change
2017 59,503 -0.1%
2016 59,556 0.4%
2015 59,341 -0.0%
2014 59,344 -0.0%
2013 59,368 0.1%
2012 59,335 0.2%
2011 59,205 -0.1%
2010 59,263 0.8%
2009 58,819 -
Crime/100k Lancaster PA USA
Violent Crime 701.1 306.0 368.9
Murder 3.3 6.1 5.0
Robbery 153.9 76.9 86.2
Aggravated Assault 383.2 188.0 246.8
Property Crime 2643.9 1489.9 2199.5
Burglary 274.4 211.6 376.0
Larceny 2228.9 1175.9 1594.6
Car Theft 140.6 102.4 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Lancaster

White
40.3% (23,950)
African American
14.4% (8,594)
American Indian
0.0% (1)
Asian
3.6% (2,147)
Hawaiian
0.1% (30)
Other
0.1% (47)
Two Or More
3.1% (1,818)
Hispanic
38.5% (22,916)
Race Lancaster PA USA
White 40.3% 76.8% 61.1%
African American 14.4% 10.6% 12.3%
American Indian 0.0% 0.1% 0.7%
Asian 3.6% 3.3% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Other 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
Two Or More 3.1% 1.8% 2.4%
Hispanic 38.5% 7.1% 17.8%

Household Income For Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Less than $10,000
10.8% (643,508)
$10,000 to $14,999
7.4% (440,932)
$15,000 to $24,999
12.2% (728,789)
$25,000 to $34,999
11.0% (656,152)
$35,000 to $49,999
15.4% (918,452)
$50,000 to $74,999
18.3% (1,091,435)
$75,000 to $99,999
11.1% (660,456)
$100,000 to $149,999
8.6% (509,533)
$150,000 to $199,999
3.1% (186,703)
$200,000 or more
1.9% (114,335)
Income Lancaster PA USA
Less than $10,000 10.8% 6.3% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 7.4% 4.5% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 12.2% 9.6% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 11.0% 9.5% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 15.4% 12.7% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 18.3% 17.9% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 11.1% 12.9% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 8.6% 14.7% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 3.1% 5.9% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 1.9% 6.0% 7.0%

Gender in Lancaster

Female
49.7% (29,546)
Male
50.3% (29,957)
Gender Lancaster PA USA
Female 49.7% 51.0% 50.8%
Male 50.3% 49.0% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Lancaster for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
9.0% (5,355)
9-12th Grade
13.0% (7,735)
High School / GED
33.0% (19,635)
Some College
16.0% (9,520)
Associate's Degree
6.0% (3,570)
Bachelor's Degree
14.0% (8,330)
Master's Degree
6.0% (3,570)
Professional Degree
2.0% (1,190)
Doctorate Degree
1.0% (595)
Education Lancaster PA USA
< 9th Grade 9.0% 3.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 13.0% 7.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 33.0% 35.0% 27.0%
Some College 16.0% 16.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 6.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 14.0% 19.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 6.0% 9.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%

3 Reviews & Comments About Lancaster

Overall User Rating
4.3
/5

HomeSnacks User

My experience isn't too bad. There is plenty of things to do like go to the park, mall or just walk around the city. The crime has increased throughout the years, and also the population has become more crowded.

I love going to Longs Park and getting some ice cream and walking around. It's a very peaceful place.


HomeSnacks User

I'm wondering if these numbers are right. Lancaster shows up on many lists due to its many positives, being safe among them.

I feel very safe here except for ONE neighborhood.


HomeSnacks User

I've lived in Lancaster all my life and I will agree there are rednecks here as well as dive bars but I must say there's no place I'd rather call home. Yes times are changing but this town has its ups and downs just like anyplace else. Besides there is plenty of history in this town and many many Good people. Rednecks are everywhere they don't bother me at all. I say live and let live! I Love Lancaster Pa!!!

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