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Disengaged Youth

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Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19

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What does this measure?

The percentage of the population between ages 16 and 19 that is not enrolled in school and not working (either unemployed or not in the labor force).

Why is this important?

Whether a young person is in school or working is an indicator of future success. Reasons for youth not being in the workforce or enrolled in school vary significantly, but one common factor is the level of literacy and math skills developed in school. The U.S. has a larger share of disengaged youth and individuals with low numeracy skills than other developed nations. Young people not in school or working are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use and violence.

How does our county compare?

In 2017-21, 7% of youth in Lancaster County were not in school nor working, a rate not changed from 2000. This rate was similar to both Pennsylvania and the nation. The population between the ages of 16 and 19 for most other local areas were too small to yield reliable survey results.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19
20002007-112012-162017-21
Pennsylvania7%7%6%6%
Lancaster County7%6%6%7%
Lancaster City18%9%*9%*7%**
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough9%3%***0%***6%***
Akron borough2%7%***10%***7%***
Christiana borough0%6%***13%***5%***
Columbia borough8%10%***13%***9%***
Denver township0%7%***0%***15%***
East Petersburg borough6%16%***0%***0%***
Elizabethtown borough1%1%***2%***2%***
Ephrata borough10%8%***18%***20%***
Lititz borough7%3%***0%***7%***
Manheim borough7%9%***26%***22%***
Marietta borough8%5%***0%***30%***
Millersville borough1%0%***0%***1%***
Mount Joy borough2%0%***4%***0%***
Mountville borough0%3%***0%***0%***
New Holland borough0%6%***3%***14%***
Quarryville borough4%0%***5%***0%***
Strasburg borough2%4%***8%***0%***
Terre Hill borough4%3%***7%***5%***
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township11%22%***3%***4%***
Brecknock township2%11%***4%***14%***
Caernarvon township5%2%***5%***16%***
Clay township6%4%***8%***0%***
Colerain township15%12%***7%***9%***
Conestoga township25%0%***4%***12%***
Conoy township2%12%***0%***0%***
Drumore township10%33%***16%***31%***
Earl township6%5%***9%***5%***
East Cocalico township5%12%***5%***0%***
East Donegal township12%0%***14%***6%***
East Drumore township5%19%***13%***10%***
East Earl township8%16%***11%***10%***
East Hempfield township5%6%***6%***4%***
East Lampeter township5%7%***1%***2%***
Eden township12%11%***11%***43%***
Elizabeth township0%7%***3%***9%***
Ephrata township1%26%***9%***2%***
Fulton township3%9%***25%***16%***
Lancaster township5%6%***0%***20%***
Leacock township14%14%***7%***2%***
Little Britain township22%5%***5%***7%***
Manheim township4%2%***3%***0%***
Manor township2%3%***3%***10%***
Martic township0%5%***17%***20%***
Mount Joy township13%1%***3%***14%***
Paradise township9%9%***10%***14%***
Penn township2%0%***13%***7%***
Pequea township3%6%***0%***0%***
Providence township11%5%***10%***12%***
Rapho township3%2%***3%***4%***
Sadsbury township21%13%***19%***3%***
Salisbury township13%10%***12%***9%***
Strasburg township4%0%***0%***61%***
Upper Leacock township12%8%***2%***9%***
Warwick township3%2%***4%***0%***
West Cocalico township2%8%***10%***4%***
West Donegal township6%0%***2%***4%***
West Earl township4%11%***12%***5%***
West Hempfield township3%3%***2%***0%***
West Lampeter township1%4%***6%***8%***
Berks County7%7%7%6%*
Chester County5%4%*4%*5%*
Cumberland County5%3%*4%*5%*
Dauphin County8%9%8%5%*
Lebanon County7%9%*7%*7%**
York County7%7%6%8%*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Disengaged means not in school and not working. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19
20002007-112012-162017-21
Pennsylvania46,95750,90841,76642,080
Lancaster County1,9121,8791,8741,987
Lancaster City683423*400*268**
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough43***0***8***
Akron borough316***11***13***
Christiana borough03***7***2***
Columbia borough4430***50***59***
Denver township011***0***30***
East Petersburg borough1241***0***0***
Elizabethtown borough1312***24***20***
Ephrata borough5740***130***103***
Lititz borough2512***0***18***
Manheim borough1421***88***33***
Marietta borough126***0***10***
Millersville borough110***1***13***
Mount Joy borough70***14***0***
Mountville borough05***0***0***
New Holland borough012***10***49***
Quarryville borough40***4***0***
Strasburg borough26***11***0***
Terre Hill borough22***6***3***
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township2445***5***14***
Brecknock township1061***19***74***
Caernarvon township177***15***33***
Clay township1711***26***0***
Colerain township3816***17***26***
Conestoga township450***9***29***
Conoy township425***0***0***
Drumore township1467***21***52***
Earl township2111***37***23***
East Cocalico township1982***20***0***
East Donegal township360***67***23***
East Drumore township1046***21***32***
East Earl township3643***52***38***
East Hempfield township5348***57***33***
East Lampeter township3150***12***18***
Eden township1813***15***69***
Elizabeth township018***9***23***
Ephrata township4104***37***9***
Fulton township419***65***23***
Lancaster township1955***0***164***
Leacock township4552***22***13***
Little Britain township4612***19***11***
Manheim township5643***45***0***
Manor township1730***26***63***
Martic township010***40***53***
Mount Joy township498***18***65***
Paradise township2125***39***58***
Penn township70***43***35***
Pequea township511***0***0***
Providence township3925***19***38***
Rapho township129***15***17***
Sadsbury township4828***42***5***
Salisbury township7665***92***54***
Strasburg township130***0***89***
Upper Leacock township6247***6***44***
Warwick township2914***49***1***
West Cocalico township739***40***20***
West Donegal township180***9***17***
West Earl township1545***36***23***
West Hempfield township2624***12***0***
West Lampeter township828***42***69***
Berks County1,5391,6941,7371,367*
Chester County1,1071,244*1,100*1,378*
Cumberland County597456*524*660*
Dauphin County9981,2661,084713*
Lebanon County464586*492*491**
York County1,3061,5291,2711,787*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Disengaged means not in school and not working. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




INDICATORS TREND
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
College Graduation Rates Decreasing
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Violent Crime Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate Decreasing
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population Density Increasing
Air Quality Decreasing
Water Use Decreasing
Waterways Impaired by Pollution Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Workers by Occupation Not Applicable
Change in Labor Force Maintaining
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Employer Size Not Applicable
Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Increasing
Change in Total Agricultural Sales Increasing
Spending for Local Government Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Working Poor Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Occupied Housing Units Maintaining
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Rent Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
High-Tech Jobs Increasing
STEM Graduates Increasing
Science and Engineering Research and Development Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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