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Female to Male Earnings Ratio

What does this measure?

The ratio of female to male median earnings, in 2021 dollars.

Why is this important?

Differences in the earning power of females and males contribute to higher poverty rates for female-headed households and to inequity for individuals and families in our community. Income is tied to a variety of life outcomes, including health and happiness.

How does our county compare?

In 2017-21, women in Lancaster County earned a median income of $25,760, or 55 cents for every dollar earned by men (a female to male earnings ratio of 0.55). This ratio was up 9% from 51 cents in 2000. The ratio was below the national average (0.66).

In the City of Lancaster, the ratio is narrower, with women earning 75 cents for every dollar earned by men (a female to male earnings ratio of 0.75), a 14% increase from 2000 and above the national average.

Why do these disparities exist?

The pay gap between females and males has many contributing factors, ranging from pay discrimination to the types of occupations and roles that females and males participate in to gaps in working when women give birth and care for children. In studies that control for occupation, experience, title and location, the pay gap narrows to as little as 5% or less. However, scholars and activists argue that cultural bias, societal assumptions and workplace design continue to contribute the pay gap, including by narrowing the viable workplace choices for females. Increased flexibility in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic may increase options and equity in some sectors, especially office-based work, though other female-dominated occupations, such as servers and health aides, may experience little change.

Notes about the data

Multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in December.

Female to Male Earnings Ratio
20002007-112012-162017-21
Pennsylvania0.540.590.620.64
Lancaster County0.510.540.550.55
Lancaster City0.660.700.790.75
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough0.680.46**0.600.52*
Akron borough0.500.55*0.610.59
Christiana borough0.470.500.75*0.55
Columbia borough0.570.670.810.74
Denver township0.550.770.500.67*
East Petersburg borough0.590.51*0.57*0.55
Elizabethtown borough0.490.490.570.52
Ephrata borough0.550.600.590.63
Lititz borough0.590.560.600.69
Manheim borough0.540.550.700.53*
Marietta borough0.570.670.560.71
Millersville borough0.460.620.64*0.54
Mount Joy borough0.590.630.60*0.76*
Mountville borough0.530.72*0.730.64
New Holland borough0.420.570.450.47*
Quarryville borough0.500.650.570.47*
Strasburg borough0.470.400.550.48
Terre Hill borough0.410.480.470.43*
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township0.420.390.57*0.45**
Brecknock township0.380.500.34*0.61
Caernarvon township0.400.450.510.39*
Clay township0.460.500.430.47
Colerain township0.480.47*0.37*0.45*
Conestoga township0.480.430.680.58*
Conoy township0.490.550.550.43***
Drumore township0.400.480.570.47*
Earl township0.390.410.39*0.47
East Cocalico township0.480.580.460.58
East Donegal township0.600.53*0.520.60
East Drumore township0.460.59*0.460.64**
East Earl township0.390.380.360.27
East Hempfield township0.530.500.570.54
East Lampeter township0.500.620.520.58
Eden township0.450.46*0.41*0.39
Elizabeth township0.490.36*0.43*0.41*
Ephrata township0.410.540.430.51*
Fulton township0.460.460.590.41*
Lancaster township0.570.670.630.65
Leacock township0.310.300.370.39*
Little Britain township0.410.33**0.68**0.46
Manheim township0.470.490.520.59
Manor township0.540.580.590.56
Martic township0.420.43*0.56*0.54**
Mount Joy township0.580.580.570.56*
Paradise township0.430.390.430.48*
Penn township0.450.440.610.60
Pequea township0.490.520.470.47
Providence township0.510.460.440.45
Rapho township0.490.490.590.52
Sadsbury township0.510.340.54*0.45
Salisbury township0.400.440.410.39
Strasburg township0.390.41*0.390.62**
Upper Leacock township0.520.440.510.60
Warwick township0.480.540.610.57
West Cocalico township0.440.420.400.47*
West Donegal township0.510.58*0.550.47
West Earl township0.500.440.550.40
West Hempfield township0.490.550.490.51
West Lampeter township0.490.500.460.51
Berks County0.530.580.610.62
Chester County0.530.560.570.57
Cumberland County0.540.600.610.66
Dauphin County0.640.640.720.68
Lebanon County0.540.560.630.60
York County0.540.560.610.63

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: 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%.




Median Earnings for Females
20002007-112012-162017-21
Pennsylvania$24,547$24,065$24,585$27,338
Lancaster County$25,479$23,595$23,534$25,760
Lancaster City$21,922$18,741$18,950$22,184
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough$32,230$21,683**$28,643$30,563*
Akron borough$25,952$24,807*$29,249$26,171
Christiana borough$23,696$23,089$27,391*$24,315
Columbia borough$24,545$22,844$24,216$24,464
Denver township$26,695$30,141$23,376$27,016*
East Petersburg borough$30,953$24,600*$29,508*$29,221
Elizabethtown borough$21,796$17,674$20,875$23,239
Ephrata borough$27,006$24,401$23,972$27,007
Lititz borough$29,408$24,496$27,490$31,746
Manheim borough$27,170$20,434$25,667$22,105*
Marietta borough$26,986$25,660$26,000$25,205
Millersville borough$11,431$10,827$10,809*$14,101
Mount Joy borough$30,101$27,880$25,685*$30,283*
Mountville borough$28,115$28,961*$26,678$33,595
New Holland borough$21,830$26,121$20,248$19,844*
Quarryville borough$26,624$26,159$22,041$22,531*
Strasburg borough$27,291$22,392$26,980$23,860
Terre Hill borough$21,656$20,044$18,914$21,081*
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township$19,627$16,051$20,215*$22,163**
Brecknock township$19,932$19,714$17,089*$25,930
Caernarvon township$20,102$19,814$23,684$20,952*
Clay township$23,548$25,648$21,044$21,305
Colerain township$22,951$23,224*$17,362*$21,684*
Conestoga township$24,955$20,928$30,876$25,954*
Conoy township$26,185$27,530$25,403$22,429***
Drumore township$20,331$22,546$23,831$21,914*
Earl township$19,347$18,822$16,334*$21,284
East Cocalico township$25,594$27,371$22,820$26,852
East Donegal township$32,066$27,290*$24,691$30,574
East Drumore township$22,771$25,096*$20,188$27,130**
East Earl township$19,202$18,748$16,137$16,804
East Hempfield township$31,466$27,590$29,186$30,779
East Lampeter township$26,468$24,476$22,357$25,792
Eden township$22,224$19,780*$16,653*$19,618
Elizabeth township$25,836$22,010*$20,204*$25,443*
Ephrata township$21,417$27,104$22,833$21,572*
Fulton township$20,879$20,837$21,522$15,950*
Lancaster township$29,815$26,780$24,986$29,826
Leacock township$14,009$13,924$16,208$16,260*
Little Britain township$21,383$16,263**$31,988**$20,313
Manheim township$29,851$27,889$29,002$31,799
Manor township$28,255$27,303$25,256$30,321
Martic township$23,924$19,368*$25,956*$31,346**
Mount Joy township$31,752$29,814$28,365$30,189*
Paradise township$20,424$18,055$17,558$22,903*
Penn township$23,206$21,550$28,548$30,106
Pequea township$27,193$29,308$24,217$26,803
Providence township$24,456$19,592$19,708$20,122
Rapho township$25,976$24,336$28,532$26,402
Sadsbury township$25,506$17,467$21,720*$20,984
Salisbury township$20,398$19,004$19,869$19,000
Strasburg township$21,533$20,317*$17,914$26,434**
Upper Leacock township$24,496$18,997$23,438$25,094
Warwick township$28,545$28,610$28,281$30,870
West Cocalico township$24,168$18,561$19,790$23,703*
West Donegal township$30,046$27,321*$26,563$25,053
West Earl township$26,024$20,239$23,057$22,486
West Hempfield township$26,890$28,707$24,198$27,085
West Lampeter township$28,284$26,714$24,197$27,266
Berks County$26,386$24,766$24,282$26,245
Chester County$35,376$34,267$32,757$35,786
Cumberland County$27,471$27,787$27,709$31,646
Dauphin County$30,150$28,403$29,229$30,384
Lebanon County$25,069$24,106$25,339$25,512
York County$26,946$26,005$25,525$28,698

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures in 2021 dollars. 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%.




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