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Occupied Housing Units

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Occupied Housing Units, as Share of Total

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What does this measure?

The percentage of residential housing units that are occupied or not vacant.

Why is this important?

A change in the number of occupied housing units can be an indicator of a population change and economic growth in a region.

How does our county compare?

Lancaster County has remained unchanged in the rate of occupied housing since 2000, increasing by 1 percentage point from 2011-2015 to a 96% occupancy rate. The City of Lancaster increased from 91% occupancy to 94% over this same period. These rates are similar to the occupancy rates in surrounding counties, which range from a low of 91% in Dauphin to a high of 96% in Chester.

At over 204,000 recorded housing units, Lancaster County has the largest stock of occupied housing of any surrounding county; only Chester is close with about 193,000 occupied housing units.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Occupied Housing Units, as Share of Total
20002006-102011-152016-20
Pennsylvania91%89%89%89%
Lancaster County96%96%95%96%
Lancaster City91%92%91%94%
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough94%94%97%94%
Akron borough96%95%98%96%
Christiana borough98%90%89%93%
Columbia borough93%95%91%92%
Denver township98%98%99%97%
East Petersburg borough96%93%94%100%
Elizabethtown borough95%95%93%93%
Ephrata borough96%95%97%97%
Lititz borough98%96%97%97%
Manheim borough96%97%98%95%
Marietta borough93%94%92%96%
Millersville borough94%94%93%99%
Mount Joy borough96%98%93%95%
Mountville borough98%99%100%100%
New Holland borough97%98%97%100%
Quarryville borough97%100%95%96%
Strasburg borough96%98%96%98%
Terre Hill borough97%93%*95%92%*
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township99%100%96%99%
Brecknock township98%95%98%100%
Caernarvon township97%99%97%97%
Clay township98%97%99%98%
Colerain township97%98%93%95%
Conestoga township98%99%95%97%
Conoy township98%99%100%94%
Drumore township90%89%98%95%
Earl township95%97%96%96%
East Cocalico township97%96%96%93%
East Donegal township97%95%93%97%
East Drumore township98%96%92%95%
East Earl township97%95%97%95%
East Hempfield township98%95%96%96%
East Lampeter township95%98%97%95%
Eden township95%95%96%96%
Elizabeth township98%99%96%98%
Ephrata township98%96%97%96%
Fulton township89%97%94%93%
Lancaster township97%97%93%95%
Leacock township97%95%99%94%
Little Britain township96%91%90%99%
Manheim township96%98%95%97%
Manor township96%97%94%97%
Martic township96%96%96%96%
Mount Joy township98%97%95%100%
Paradise township97%91%99%95%
Penn township98%100%96%100%
Pequea township97%96%98%96%
Providence township96%97%98%100%
Rapho township97%93%96%98%
Sadsbury township97%95%95%96%
Salisbury township97%98%98%99%
Strasburg township100%100%93%96%
Upper Leacock township97%97%96%95%
Warwick township98%97%94%95%
West Cocalico township96%97%92%97%
West Donegal township97%97%96%100%
West Earl township96%95%98%100%
West Hempfield township98%95%97%95%
West Lampeter township97%96%94%93%
Berks County94%94%93%93%
Chester County96%96%95%96%
Cumberland County95%96%94%95%
Dauphin County92%90%90%91%
Lebanon County94%94%93%93%
York County95%94%93%94%

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 Homeowners
20002006-102011-152016-20
Pennsylvania4,777,0034,940,5814,958,8595,106,601
Lancaster County172,560191,474195,330204,003
Lancaster City20,94021,91921,35622,055
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough501572794730
Akron borough1,6221,7581,6231,665
Christiana borough383403315332
Columbia borough4,2854,2414,1234,493
Denver township1,2661,4071,5011,519
East Petersburg borough1,7121,7071,7031,841
Elizabethtown borough4,2664,0854,1484,490
Ephrata borough5,4695,6835,6605,806
Lititz borough3,7323,8363,7393,791
Manheim borough1,9891,9291,9491,880
Marietta borough1,0921,1021,1001,143
Millersville borough2,3562,5092,4443,010
Mount Joy borough2,8393,0293,3043,479
Mountville borough1,0171,2361,3271,200
New Holland borough2,0842,2702,2782,061
Quarryville borough8381,0221,035949
Strasburg borough1,1111,0751,1251,152
Terre Hill borough442448*512421*
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township831823898934
Brecknock township2,1152,3472,5212,605
Caernarvon township1,2691,4841,3951,436
Clay township1,7572,2242,3112,476
Colerain township9641,2051,0681,113
Conestoga township1,3741,3931,5051,661
Conoy township1,1051,2511,3021,329
Drumore township739756843819
Earl township2,0192,4632,2502,574
East Cocalico township3,4613,6613,8253,741
East Donegal township1,9412,6282,7173,001
East Drumore township1,0551,2131,3071,413
East Earl township1,7362,0031,9392,368
East Hempfield township8,5489,5089,63010,501
East Lampeter township5,3426,4416,2986,259
Eden township578732643632
Elizabeth township1,3051,3301,3991,513
Ephrata township2,6993,2213,5793,905
Fulton township9321,1151,029856
Lancaster township5,8676,7696,5446,913
Leacock township1,4261,5381,7311,551
Little Britain township1,1151,1731,3741,653
Manheim township12,96514,66515,26116,173
Manor township6,4547,7028,2778,281
Martic township1,7131,7971,8911,815
Mount Joy township2,9013,7403,9654,122
Paradise township1,5541,6411,6631,846
Penn township2,6063,3423,3093,894
Pequea township1,5811,7551,8401,977
Providence township2,3872,6202,9522,568
Rapho township3,0753,8404,3265,009
Sadsbury township8691,034934947
Salisbury township3,0273,1333,2663,215
Strasburg township1,2741,2361,2331,321
Upper Leacock township2,7772,8242,8882,993
Warwick township5,5686,4796,7197,303
West Cocalico township2,2982,4742,4502,482
West Donegal township2,4743,1183,1533,550
West Earl township2,2012,4312,6002,691
West Hempfield township5,4275,9786,2996,240
West Lampeter township5,2886,1566,1646,337
Berks County141,570153,307153,312156,389
Chester County157,905181,136186,057192,951
Cumberland County83,01593,73995,950101,176
Dauphin County102,670107,808109,623113,759
Lebanon County46,55151,54352,26753,857
York County148,219166,600167,416174,425

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%.




INDICATORS TREND
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 English Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 Math Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
College Graduation Rates Decreasing
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Violent Crime Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate Decreasing
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population Density Increasing
Air Quality Increasing
Water Use Decreasing
Waterways Impaired by Pollution Not Applicable
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Workers by Occupation Not Applicable
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Employer Size Not Applicable
Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Increasing
Change in Total Agricultural Sales Increasing
Spending for Local Government Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Working Poor Maintaining
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 Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Occupied Housing Units Maintaining
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Rent Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Decreasing
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Increasing
STEM Graduates Increasing
Science and Engineering Research and Development Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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