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Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster is a city located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 56,348. It is the county seat of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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  • Zip codes: 17601 through 17608 (17602 is center city)
  • Area code: 717


Geography Lancaster is located at 40°2'23" North, 76°18'16" West (40.039860, -76.304366)1.

The land is mostly flat characteristic of the area. The city is located about 70 miles west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 34 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and 87 miles north of Washington D.C..

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 km² (7.4 mi²). 19.2 km² (7.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.

Law and Government Lancaster is the county seat of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is a borough and a township.

Demographics The city has a higher percentage of non-whites than the rest of the county. It is a popular home for many Puerto Ricans. There is a concentration of Amish farms east of the city and in that area horse carts[?] are commonly seen.

As of the census of 2000, there are 56,348 people, 20,933 households, and 12,162 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,940.0/km² (7,616.5/mi²). There are 23,024 housing units at an average density of 1,201.3/km² (3,112.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 61.55% White, 14.09% African American, 0.44% Native American, 2.46% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 17.44% from other races, and 3.94% from two or more races. 30.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 20,933 households out of which 31.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.4% are married couples living together, 19.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% are non-families. 33.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.23.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $29,770, and the median income for a family is $34,623. Males have a median income of $27,833 versus $21,862 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,955. 21.2% of the population and 17.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 29.2% are under the age of 18 and 12.9% are 65 or older.

Economy There are many small businesses in the city. Armstrong World Industries[?] has its corporate headquarters in the city.

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