Lancaster, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lancaster, New York - Basic Facts

The Village of Lancaster had a population of 10,173 as of July 1, 2016. Lancaster ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lancaster is located at latitude 42.9006 and longitude -78.6688 in Erie County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Lancaster (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.7 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Erie County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 669 feet.

The Village of Lancaster (GNIS ID: 2390930) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Lancaster is located within Town of Lancaster, a minor civil division (MCD) of Erie County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lancaster population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lancaster: De-as-gwah-da-ga-neh, Ga-squen-da-geh.

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Lancaster, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 10,173
Population in Households 10,026
Population in Familes 7,642
Population in Group Qrtrs 147
Population Density1 3,770
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 4,541
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 2,651
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,808 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,017 (62.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,524 (31.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 267 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $119,989
Average Home Value $124,478


Median Household Income $51,157
Average Household Income $64,432
Per Capita Income $29,219
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.28% -0.16%
Households -0.04% 0.0%
Families -0.27% -0.14%
Median Household Income   1.65%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Lancaster, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 190 84th
Population Density1 # 205 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 1031 14th
Median Household Income # 785 34th
Per Capita Income # 640 47th

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