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Households with Internet Access

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What does this measure?

The percentage of households that have access to the Internet.

Why is this important?

Access to the Internet is crucial for households to communicate, search for jobs, complete schoolwork and participate in other important activities like banking, health care access and consumer research.

How does our county compare?

In 2016-20, 82% of households in Lancaster County had access to the Internet, slightly lower than Pennsylvania and the U.S (84% and 86%, respectively).

Compared to neighboring counties, Lancaster has the lowest share of households. Only the City of Lancaster has a lower percentage of people with internet access, at 81%.

Notes about the data

Internet access questions were not included in surveys until 2013. The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 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 released annually in December.

Households with Internet Access
2016-20
Pennsylvania84%
Lancaster County82%
Lancaster City81%
Lancaster County Boroughs
Christiana borough90%
Terre Hill borough89%*
Columbia borough70%
Denver township93%
East Petersburg borough87%
Elizabethtown borough90%
Ephrata borough83%
Lititz borough89%
Manheim borough82%
Marietta borough68%
Millersville borough84%
Mount Joy borough86%
Mountville borough78%*
New Holland borough83%
Quarryville borough90%
Strasburg borough87%
Adamstown borough90%
Akron borough86%
Lancaster County Townships
Strasburg township83%
Warwick township88%
Upper Leacock township73%
East Drumore township83%
West Cocalico township85%
West Donegal township80%
West Earl township77%
West Hempfield township87%
West Lampeter township86%
East Donegal township90%
East Cocalico township76%
Earl township61%
Drumore township70%
Conoy township93%
Conestoga township85%
Colerain township68%
Clay township75%
Caernarvon township62%
Brecknock township77%
Bart township46%*
Little Britain township61%*
East Earl township80%
East Hempfield township84%
East Lampeter township83%
Eden township54%
Elizabeth township85%
Ephrata township85%
Fulton township71%
Lancaster township90%
Leacock township53%
Salisbury township64%
Manheim township88%
Manor township87%
Martic township79%
Mount Joy township88%
Paradise township63%
Penn township85%
Pequea township89%
Providence township80%
Rapho township87%
Sadsbury township57%
York County86%
Lebanon County83%
Dauphin County85%
Cumberland County87%
Chester County91%
Berks County85%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Households with Internet Access
2016-20
Pennsylvania4,313,011
Lancaster County167,557
Lancaster City17,852
Lancaster County Boroughs
Christiana borough299
Terre Hill borough373*
Columbia borough3,139
Denver township1,412
East Petersburg borough1,599
Elizabethtown borough4,053
Ephrata borough4,795
Lititz borough3,361
Manheim borough1,544
Marietta borough775
Millersville borough2,517
Mount Joy borough3,006
Mountville borough930*
New Holland borough1,718
Quarryville borough855
Strasburg borough1,007
Adamstown borough654
Akron borough1,430
Lancaster County Townships
Strasburg township1,093
Warwick township6,414
Upper Leacock township2,176
East Drumore township1,173
West Cocalico township2,113
West Donegal township2,855
West Earl township2,077
West Hempfield township5,407
West Lampeter township5,444
East Donegal township2,690
East Cocalico township2,840
Earl township1,559
Drumore township577
Conoy township1,234
Conestoga township1,405
Colerain township753
Clay township1,866
Caernarvon township886
Brecknock township1,993
Bart township428*
Little Britain township1,015*
East Earl township1,886
East Hempfield township8,819
East Lampeter township5,210
Eden township340
Elizabeth township1,291
Ephrata township3,302
Fulton township612
Lancaster township6,246
Leacock township817
Salisbury township2,066
Manheim township14,158
Manor township7,237
Martic township1,426
Mount Joy township3,621
Paradise township1,170
Penn township3,328
Pequea township1,759
Providence township2,049
Rapho township4,381
Sadsbury township536
York County149,220
Lebanon County44,636
Dauphin County96,471
Cumberland County88,483
Chester County175,125
Berks County132,646

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: * 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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