Lancaster is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 59,420 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, Lancaster is the eighth largest community in Pennsylvania. Lancaster has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lancaster is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lancaster is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lancaster who work in office and administrative support (9.47%), sales jobs (9.00%), and food service (7.60%).
Many people in Lancaster take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Lancaster citizens for affordable transportation.
The population of Lancaster overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Lancaster, 22.69% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lancaster in 2010 was $21,571, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,284 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 38.51% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lancaster include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Lancaster is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.