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Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Map
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lebanon County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 16, 1813
Seat Lebanon
Largest City Lebanon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

362 sq mi (938 km²)
362 sq mi (938 km²)
0.7 sq mi (2 km²), 0.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

137,067
379/sq mi (146/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.lebcounty.org

Lebanon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 133,568. Its county seat is Lebanon. The county was formed from portions of Dauphin and Lancaster counties in 1813, with minor boundary revisions in 1814 and 1821. Lebanon County comprises the Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, PA Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 362 square miles (940 km2), of which 362 square miles (940 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is drained by Swatara Creek and its branches. It consists in large part of a valley.

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 16,988
1830 20,557 21.0%
1840 21,872 6.4%
1850 26,071 19.2%
1860 31,831 22.1%
1870 34,096 7.1%
1880 38,476 12.8%
1890 48,131 25.1%
1900 53,827 11.8%
1910 59,565 10.7%
1920 63,152 6.0%
1930 67,103 6.3%
1940 72,641 8.3%
1950 81,683 12.4%
1960 90,853 11.2%
1970 99,665 9.7%
1980 108,582 8.9%
1990 113,744 4.8%
2000 120,327 5.8%
2010 133,568 11.0%
Est. 2015 137,067 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 120,327 people and 32,771 families residing in the county. The population density was 332 people per square mile (128/km²). There were 49,320 housing units at an average density of 136 per square mile (53/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.46% White, 1.29% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.26% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 4.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.6% were of German, 11.8% American and 6.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.5% spoke English, 4.2% Spanish and 1.1% Pennsylvania Dutch as their first language.

There were 46,551 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

Metropolitan Statistical Area

The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Lebanon County as the Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census the metropolitan area ranked 16th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 296th most populous in the United States with a population of 133,568. Lebanon County is also a part of the larger Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), which combines the populations of Lebanon County as well as Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and York Counties in Pennsylvania. The Combined Statistical Area ranked 5th in the State of Pennsylvania and 43rd most populous in the United States with a population of 1,219,422.

Communities

Map of Lebanon County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Lebanon County:

City

Boroughs

Townships

  • Annville
  • Bethel
  • Cold Spring
  • East Hanover
  • Heidelberg
  • Jackson
  • Millcreek
  • North Annville
  • North Cornwall
  • North Lebanon
  • North Londonderry
  • South Annville
  • South Lebanon
  • South Londonderry
  • Swatara
  • Union
  • West Cornwall
  • West Lebanon

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law.

Other unincorporated communities

  • Greenpoint
  • McGillstown
  • Ono

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Lebanon County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Lebanon City 25,477
2 Palmyra Borough 7,320
3 Annville (township) CDP 4,767
4 Cornwall Borough 4,112
5 Campbelltown CDP 3,616
6 Myerstown Borough 3,062
7 Pleasant Hill CDP 2,643
8 Sand Hill CDP 2,496
9 Newmanstown CDP 2,478
10 Lebanon South CDP 2,270
11 Cleona Borough 2,080
12 Jonestown Borough 1,905
13 Avon CDP 1,667
14 Richland Borough 1,519
15 Fredericksburg CDP 1,357
16 Hebron CDP 1,305
17 Schaefferstown CDP 941
18 Quentin CDP 594
19 Timber Hills CDP 360
20 Mount Gretna Heights CDP 323
21 Mount Gretna Borough 196
22 Fort Indiantown Gap CDP 143

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