Financial Security
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance

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Households Receiving Temporary Assistance

What does this measure?

The number of households that received any public assistance or welfare payments in the past 12 months, expressed as a percentage of total households.

Why is this important?

This measure represents the number of households which rely upon government support to meet their basic needs.

How does our county compare?

In 2014-18, 2.9% of Lancaster County households received public assistance income. This rate is slightly below the state rate (3.2%), and slightly above the national rate (2.5%), and is 1.1% higher than the rate in 2000.

During the same period, 6.4% of residents in the City of Lancaster received temporary assistance. This level was down slightly from 6.7% in 2000.

Lancaster County's rate in 2014-18 was higher than all neighboring counties, with the exception of Dauphin, at 3.4%.

Notes about the data

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded program administered at the state level, meaning that eligibility requirements vary from state to state. ACS does not ask specifically which program provides the income, although TANF is the primary source of public assistance funds. Families are eligible for TANF benefits for up to 60 months, although most receive assistance for shorter periods of time.

Studies have found that national survey estimates (including the ACS) of enrollment in public benefit programs tend to underestimate the true rate due to underreporting by participants, when compared with state-level administrative data. Underreporting can occur for a variety of reasons, including the social stigma of program participation and participants' confusion about the source of the services they receive. For these reasons, the estimates reported above should be considered a lower bound of the true estimate.

Households Receiving Temporary Assistance
20002009-132014-18
Pennsylvania3.1%3.5%3.2%
Lancaster County1.8%3.2%2.9%
Lancaster City6.7%11.3%6.4%
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough0.8%3.5%***0.0%***
Akron borough1.1%2.2%***1.5%***
Columbia borough3.0%3.3%**8.8%*
Denver township0.8%5.1%***1.2%***
East Petersburg borough0.0%2.5%***2.3%***
Elizabethtown borough1.1%2.8%***2.9%***
Ephrata borough1.5%1.9%***4.5%**
Lititz borough1.4%4.9%***2.2%***
Manheim borough2.4%2.1%***6.5%***
Marietta borough1.2%0.7%***5.2%***
Millersville borough0.8%2.2%***2.3%***
Mount Joy borough1.8%4.4%***1.1%***
Mountville borough1.8%0.7%***2.2%***
New Holland borough1.1%0.6%***6.1%***
Quarryville borough0.5%2.7%***1.5%***
Strasburg borough0.0%0.8%***2.0%***
Terre Hill borough0.5%0.0%***
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township0.2%0.0%***
Brecknock township1.4%2.7%***2.6%***
Caernarvon township0.4%0.6%***0.7%***
Clay township0.6%3.1%***0.9%***
Colerain township0.4%0.0%***0.0%***
Conestoga township2.3%1.1%***4.2%***
Conoy township1.0%2.9%***4.2%***
Drumore township1.5%2.7%***1.2%***
Earl township1.3%1.0%***0.7%***
East Cocalico township1.1%2.8%**3.1%***
East Donegal township0.5%1.4%***1.6%***
East Drumore township1.4%1.4%***1.4%***
East Earl township1.0%3.7%***5.0%***
East Hempfield township1.4%2.1%***2.0%***
East Lampeter township1.3%4.3%**2.1%***
Eden township0.9%0.5%***1.0%***
Elizabeth township0.7%1.5%***0.4%***
Ephrata township0.2%2.7%***0.7%***
Fulton township1.1%1.5%***3.5%***
Lancaster township2.4%3.3%***3.0%***
Leacock township1.8%1.8%***3.3%***
Little Britain township1.9%4.5%***2.3%***
Manheim township0.6%1.4%***1.7%**
Manor township0.8%1.7%***1.9%**
Martic township0.3%1.2%***2.3%***
Mount Joy township2.0%0.9%***0.0%***
Paradise township1.3%1.3%***3.0%***
Penn township1.3%0.0%***0.8%***
Pequea township0.6%1.1%***3.0%***
Providence township0.9%1.8%***5.5%***
Rapho township1.3%0.4%***2.5%***
Sadsbury township0.5%1.2%***2.6%***
Salisbury township1.3%2.4%***0.8%***
Strasburg township0.6%0.0%***2.9%***
Upper Leacock township0.9%2.0%***2.6%***
Warwick township0.5%1.6%***2.3%***
West Cocalico township0.0%1.6%***1.0%***
West Donegal township0.2%1.0%***0.5%***
West Earl township1.0%1.8%***1.4%***
West Hempfield township1.0%5.0%***4.4%***
West Lampeter township0.3%1.8%***1.5%***
Berks County2.4%3.5%2.7%
Chester County1.2%1.5%1.5%
Cumberland County1.2%1.9%1.6%
Dauphin County2.6%2.9%3.4%
Lebanon County1.8%3.4%2.2%*
York County1.5%2.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Households Receiving Temporary Assistance
20002009-132014-18
Pennsylvania149,203174,576161,721
Lancaster County3,0736,2085,711
Lancaster City1,4002,4971,421
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough424***0***
Akron borough1837***25***
Columbia borough128133**385*
Denver township1075***18***
East Petersburg borough040***43***
Elizabethtown borough47111***119***
Ephrata borough80113***257**
Lititz borough54185***85***
Manheim borough4741***125***
Marietta borough138***56***
Millersville borough1957***63***
Mount Joy borough52139***40***
Mountville borough1910***25***
New Holland borough2413***137***
Quarryville borough431***14***
Strasburg borough08***23***
Terre Hill borough20***
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township20***
Brecknock township2961***68***
Caernarvon township59***10***
Clay township1171***20***
Colerain township40***0***
Conestoga township3215***67***
Conoy township1139***54***
Drumore township1120***10***
Earl township2723***16***
East Cocalico township38106**117***
East Donegal township1041***44***
East Drumore township1519***19***
East Earl township1871***102***
East Hempfield township123202***202***
East Lampeter township71275**133***
Eden township54***6***
Elizabeth township924***6***
Ephrata township690***24***
Fulton township1015***33***
Lancaster township139215***203***
Leacock township2626***56***
Little Britain township2161***33***
Manheim township83208***263**
Manor township50135***157**
Martic township621***43***
Mount Joy township5835***0***
Paradise township2020***52***
Penn township330***27***
Pequea township1021***57***
Providence township2148***153***
Rapho township4116***119***
Sadsbury township412***23***
Salisbury township3876***27***
Strasburg township70***37***
Upper Leacock township2456***79***
Warwick township27103***163***
West Cocalico township038***24***
West Donegal township630***17***
West Earl township2249***39***
West Hempfield township54302***275***
West Lampeter township18112***94***
Berks County3,3465,3204,178
Chester County1,9352,7812,780
Cumberland County1,0281,7731,621
Dauphin County2,7143,1793,827
Lebanon County8561,7701,152*
York County2,2564,439

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




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Per-Student Spending Not Applicable
Students Receiving Special Education Services Not Applicable
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Not Applicable
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Not Applicable
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Brain Drain/Gain Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
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Air Quality Not Applicable
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People with Disabilities Not Applicable
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Children Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Working Poor Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Not Applicable
Median Home Value Not Applicable
Occupied Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Rent Not Applicable
Cost of Renting Not Applicable
Households Without Vehicles Not Applicable
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Not Applicable
Prevalence of Mental Illness Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
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Cancer Incidence Not Applicable
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Not Applicable
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Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
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