Lancaster, OH Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lancaster, Ohio - Basic Facts

The City of Lancaster had a population of 40,626 as of July 1, 2017. Lancaster ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Ohio. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lancaster is located at latitude 39.7247 and longitude -82.6053 in Fairfield County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lancaster (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Fairfield County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 886 feet.

The City of Lancaster (GNIS ID: 1086078) 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 City of Lancaster is located within Township of Lancaster City, a minor civil division (MCD) of Fairfield 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lancaster: New Lancaster.

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Lancaster, OH Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 40,626
Daytime Population: Workers 24,087
Daytime Population: Residents 22,647
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 46,734
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.15
Population in Households 39,832
Population in Familes 30,399
Population in Group Qrtrs 794
Population Density2 2,156
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $41,196
Average Household Income $54,051
Per Capita Income $22,784


Total Housing Units 18,407 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,237 (50.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,460 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,709 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $122,151
Average Home Value $138,288


Total Households 16,698
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 10,168
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.64% 0.69%
Households 0.55% 0.68%
Families 0.33% 0.48%
Median Household Income   2.6%
Per Capita Income   2.91%

Lancaster, OH - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster to the other 1,215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Ohio by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 28 98th
Population Density # 217 82nd
Diversity Index # 476 61st
Median Household Income # 968 20th
Per Capita Income # 805 34th

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