Pennsylvania Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Pennsylvania, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Pennsylvania

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Pennsylvania based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 19035 Montgomery County $407,517.00
2 19085 Delaware County, Montgomery County $399,002.00
3 19437 Montgomery County $345,098.00
4 19066 Montgomery County $283,053.00
5 19025 Montgomery County $260,187.00
6 19373 Delaware County $244,632.00
7 19312 Chester County, Delaware County $237,733.00
8 19072 Montgomery County $235,502.00
9 19041 Delaware County, Montgomery County $233,774.00
10 19425 Chester County $230,984.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Pennsylvania.

Richest Cities in Pennsylvania

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Pennsylvania. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Pennsylvania by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Fox Chapel Allegheny County $341,148.00
2 Garfield Aroostook County $341,148.00
3 Upper Makefield Bucks County $277,062.00
4 West Pikeland Chester County $261,593.00
5 Easttown Chester County $254,308.00
6 Lower Merion Montgomery County $243,873.00
7 Charlestown Chester County $243,603.00
8 Birmingham Chester County $238,649.00
9 West Vincent Chester County $236,361.00
10 Newlin Chester County $224,897.00
11 Schuylkill Chester County $220,201.00
12 Thornbury Chester County $219,382.00
13 Pocopson Chester County $219,266.00
14 Durham Bucks County $218,827.00
15 Chadds Ford Delaware County $217,232.00
16 Buckingham Bucks County $214,038.00
17 Pine Allegheny County $209,279.00
18 Solebury Bucks County $208,738.00
19 Willistown Chester County $204,378.00
20 Thornbury Delaware County $203,675.00
21 Radnor Delaware County $202,004.00
22 Worcester Montgomery County $200,087.00
23 Tredyffrin Chester County $199,454.00
24 Lower Makefield Bucks County $197,835.00
25 Upper Dublin Montgomery County $196,707.00
26 Upper Uwchlan Chester County $194,787.00
27 Marshall Allegheny County $194,546.00
28 Franklin Chester County $193,708.00
29 Whitpain Montgomery County $191,836.00
30 East Nantmeal Chester County $190,369.00
31 Lower Gwynedd Montgomery County $189,513.00
32 London Britain Chester County $189,087.00
33 Adams Butler County $186,264.00
34 Wrightstown Bucks County $184,930.00
35 Pennsbury Chester County $184,461.00
36 Kennett Chester County $181,985.00
37 East Marlborough Chester County $181,899.00
38 East Brandywine Chester County $180,198.00
39 East Bradford Chester County $179,702.00
40 Upper Saucon Lehigh County $177,990.00
41 Bethel Delaware County $176,379.00
42 Peters Washington County $175,543.00
43 Newtown Delaware County $175,366.00
44 Newtown Bucks County $174,374.00
45 Skippack Montgomery County $172,558.00
46 Lower Saucon Northampton County $172,065.00
47 Edgmont Delaware County $169,600.00
48 Upper Providence Montgomery County $169,327.00
49 London Grove Chester County $168,791.00
50 Upper St. Clair Allegheny County $168,181.00
51 Nether Providence Delaware County $167,612.00
52 Doylestown Bucks County $167,040.00
53 Lowhill Lehigh County $166,323.00
54 West Bradford Chester County $165,654.00
55 Warwick Bucks County $165,627.00
56 Bedminster Bucks County $165,027.00
57 Whitemarsh Montgomery County $165,003.00
58 Upper Providence Delaware County $164,910.00
59 Lower Salford Montgomery County $164,407.00
60 Dickinson Cumberland County $163,848.00
61 Northampton Bucks County $162,384.00
62 West Whiteland Chester County $162,018.00
63 Concord Delaware County $161,523.00
64 East Whiteland Chester County $159,900.00
65 Plumstead Bucks County $159,840.00
66 Wallace Chester County $158,861.00
67 Lower Moreland Montgomery County $156,254.00
68 Westtown Chester County $155,654.00
69 Uwchlan Chester County $155,631.00
70 New Garden Chester County $155,561.00
71 Marple Delaware County $155,478.00
72 Ohio Allegheny County $153,544.00
73 New London Chester County $152,334.00
74 Lower Milford Lehigh County $151,557.00
75 South Hanover Dauphin County $150,107.00
76 Mount Lebanon Allegheny County $149,030.00
77 Lower Heidelberg Berks County $148,067.00
78 Perkiomen Montgomery County $147,871.00
79 Haverford Delaware County $147,748.00
80 Springfield Montgomery County $147,604.00
81 Warrington Bucks County $147,406.00
82 West Goshen Chester County $147,299.00
83 Middletown Delaware County $146,293.00
84 Montgomery Montgomery County $145,188.00
85 New Hanover Montgomery County $144,101.00
86 East Vincent Chester County $144,082.00
87 O'Hara Allegheny County $143,434.00
88 Horsham Montgomery County $143,241.00
89 East Buffalo Union County $143,123.00
90 Indiana Allegheny County $142,812.00
91 Lower Nazareth Northampton County $142,710.00
92 Earl Berks County $141,607.00
93 Penn Chester County $141,280.00
94 Upper Salford Montgomery County $140,717.00
95 Springfield Delaware County $140,324.00
96 North Abington Lackawanna County $139,808.00
97 East Coventry Chester County $139,574.00
98 East Pikeland Chester County $139,158.00
99 Richland Allegheny County $138,947.00
100 South Abington Lackawanna County $138,093.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Pennsylvania.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Pennsylvania is $63,627.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Pennsylvania.

  • Under 25
    $35,924.00
  • 25 to 44
    $77,704.00
  • 45 to 64
    $82,539.00
  • 65 and over
    $47,153.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Pennsylvania?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Pennsylvania is $87,262.00.

8.37% of households in Pennsylvania are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Pennsylvania but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Pennsylvania

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Pennsylvania easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    17.51%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    20.00%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    17.08%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    13.20%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    16.43%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    7.40%
  • $200,000 or more
    8.37%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Pennsylvania. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Pennsylvania by the total number of people in Pennsylvania.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Pennsylvania and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Pennsylvania is $35,518.00.

Population in Pennsylvania by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Pennsylvania is currently 12,794,885 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Pennsylvania can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Pennsylvania.

  • 75.00% White
    9,734,303
  • 10.50% Black/African American
    1,360,025
  • 0.10% Native
    9,708
  • 7.90% Hispanic
    1,023,055
  • 3.50% Asian
    457,712
  • 0.00% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    2,763
  • 2.70% Two or more races
    343,801
  • 0.30% Other
    39,283

Population of Pennsylvania by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Pennsylvania is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 731,467 702,729
10 to 19 Years 831,794 788,909
20 to 29 Years 839,163 813,895
30 to 39 Years 837,702 817,008
40 to 49 Years 774,808 771,518
50 to 59 Years 883,141 901,067
60 to 69 Years 819,566 870,954
70 Years and over 676,576 910,353

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Pennsylvania.

  • Master's degree or higher
    14.26%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30.06%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    8.27%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    45.22%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.19%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Pennsylvania because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Pennsylvania look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Pennsylvania that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Pennsylvania that are over the age of 16 is 10,587,037 people.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 37.00%, which means 3,915,728 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Pennsylvania

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Pennsylvania. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Pennsylvania is 40.8 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Pennsylvania

40.8

Total

39.5

Male

42.2

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 5,147,783 households in Pennsylvania, and the average household size is 2.44 people.

For families, the total number is 3,270,091, and the average family size is 3.05 people.

8.00% of those families in Pennsylvania are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Pennsylvania in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Pennsylvania for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 2,427,747 238,416 603,928 1,877,692
Average Household Size 3.09 3.15 3.27 1.23
Total Families 2,427,747 238,416 603,928 0
Average Household Size 3.08 2.77 3.06 0

Housing Data in Pennsylvania

There are total of 5,728,788 housing units in Pennsylvania. Of those units, 5,147,783 (89.86%) are occupied, and 581,005 (10.14%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 5,728,788 housing units in Pennsylvania, 1,501,163 (26.20%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,013.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 62.16% of housing units, with 3,560,917 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Pennsylvania.

  • No rent paid
    85,703
  • Less than $500
    159,665
  • $500 to $999
    575,186
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    487,403
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    181,142
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    58,516
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    19,784
  • $3,000 or more
    19,467

Property Values

The median value of a property in Pennsylvania is $197,300.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Pennsylvania.

  • Less than $50,000
    231,951
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    466,220
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    517,921
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    591,396
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    799,377
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    659,336
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    251,988
  • $1,000,000 or more
    42,728

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Pennsylvania.

  • 1939 or earlier
    1,470,362
  • 1940 to 1949
    410,191
  • 1950 to 1959
    771,101
  • 1960 to 1969
    576,906
  • 1970 to 1979
    716,448
  • 1980 to 1989
    551,065
  • 1990 to 1999
    538,637
  • 2000 to 2009
    459,492
  • 2010 to 2013
    228,525
  • 2014 or later
    6,061

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Pennsylvania has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    545,302
  • 1 vehicle available
    1,754,162
  • 2 vehicles available
    1,859,301
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    989,018

Commuting to Work in Pennsylvania

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Pennsylvania, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 26.9 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Pennsylvania.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    179,493
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    543,754
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    735,900
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    820,345
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    780,006
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    384,722
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    727,586
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    185,207
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    236,610
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    485,810
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    330,854
  • 90 or more minutes
    160,765

We can also look at the means of transport in Pennsylvania to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    4,484,148
  • Carpooled
    490,815
  • Public transportation
    289,938
  • Walked
    206,977
  • Other means
    99,174
  • Worked from home
    602,627

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Pennsylvania.

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