Lancaster is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 59,218 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.
Unlike some cities, Lancaster isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lancaster are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (11.53%), food service (9.11%), and sales jobs (8.38%).
A lot of people in Lancaster take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Lancaster, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The percentage of adults in Lancaster who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.84% of the adults in Lancaster have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lancaster in 2010 was $17,799, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,196 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 38.53% 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 Vietnamese.