Lancaster, PA
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Lancaster is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 59,339 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, Lancaster is the eighth largest community in Pennsylvania. Lancaster has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Lancaster is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lancaster is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lancaster who work in office and administrative support (12.29%), food service (9.63%), and sales jobs (8.81%).

Lancaster has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Lancaster has quite a high level of public transit users. Lancaster’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Lancaster citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.54% of adults 25 and older in Lancaster have a college degree.

The per capita income in Lancaster in 2010 was $17,186, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,744 for a family of four. However, Lancaster contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lancaster is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lancaster home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lancaster residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lancaster also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.47% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lancaster include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Lancaster is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.