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New census data shows Lebanon just slightly wealthier but more impoverished

In new reports by the United States Census Bureau, Lebanon County’s median income and the percentage of its residents living beneath the poverty line both saw slight changes compared to 2016.

The median household income according to the 2017 census was $57,372. In 2016, that figure was $57,248. However, the the percent of people living beneath the poverty line was 11.4% in 2017 and 9.3% in 2016. Both years had similar margins of error.

Dauphin County’s poverty rate rose to 12.2% in 2017, from 11.1% in 2016, despite remaining about the same median income ($60,331 in 2016 and $61,622 in 2017).

Compared to Philadelphia County, Lebanon County had a higher median household income and a significantly lower poverty rate, the county also comes out slightly above average when compared to the nation at large.

This Philly.com infographic shows how Philadelphia compares to the nation. Lebanon’s rate of poverty is less than half that of Philadelphia.

Note, this isn’t “census” data but American Community Survey data, which uses a different methodology.

Want to explore Lebanon County’s census data more in-depth? We recommend the Lebanon County page on Census Explorer (although note that it has not yet been updated with 2017 American Community Survey estimates).


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Davis Shaver

Davis Shaver is the editor of Leb Town, a Philly Publishing publication. Shaver lives in Philadelphia now but grew up in Lebanon and visits often.

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