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Census: York County grows slightly, becoming more diverse

Written by Gary Haber/York Daily Record | Dec 8, 2016 6:48 PM
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The county's population grew to 439,660 in 2015, an increase of less than one percent.

(York) -- York County's population is becoming older and increasingly diverse.

That's the takeaway from the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which was released publicly on Thursday. The data compared the five years ending in 2015 with the five years ending in 2014.

The data shows York County gained more than 1,600 residents with the population increasing to 439,660.

York city gained just 36 residents. Its population increased to 43,853.

York County's population is becoming increasingly varied with the county gaining more African-American and Latino residents. At the same time, the white population decreased slightly.

The county's African-American population rose to 25,769, up from 24,005. That was an increase of 7.3 percent.

At the same time, the number of Latino or Hispanic residents increased to 28,334, up from 26,767. That was a gain of 5.8 percent.

The majority of York County's Latino residents identify themselves as Puerto Rican, followed by Mexican, Dominican and Salvadorean.

On a percentage basis, the gains in York County's African-American and Latino populations were larger than the increase in the county's overall population. It rose by less than one percent.

While whites continue to make up the vast majority of York County's population, the number rose by less than one percent, to 390,542 in 2015, up from 388,492 in 2014.

In contrast, the number of whites living in York city rose slightly to 25,223 in 2015. That was up from 24,150 in 2014.

The city also saw gains in numbers of African American and Latino residents. The city has 11,949 African-American residents and 12,940 Latino residents, according to the most recent census data. That continues a trend in which the number of Latino residents has outpaced the number of African-American residents since at least 2010.

As York County's population becomes increasingly diverse, it is also graying. The median age of residents in 2015 -- meaning half the population was older and half the population was younger -- was 40.7 years. That was up from 40.6 years in 2014.

York city residents are considerably younger. Their average age in 2015 was 30.8 years, which was up from 30.7 percent in 2014.

One factor cutting across all ethnic, racial and age lines is that York County is becoming an increasingly more expensive place to live for many people.

The median monthly rent rose to $851 in 2015, up from $838 in 2014.

Here's a snapshot from 2015

York County:

Population: 439,660

White: 373,619

African-American: 25,769

Latino: 28,334

Median age: 40.7

York city:

Population: 43,853

White: 25,223

African-American: 11,949

Latino: 12,940

Median age: 30.8

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

 

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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