Mercer County, PA

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Population
112,630
0.874% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
Median Age
44.6

Poverty Rate
14.2%

Median Household Income
$48,768
3.02% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$119,600
4.82% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
49,595
1.19% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Mercer County, PA had a population of 113k people with a median age of 44.6 and a median household income of $48,768. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Mercer County, PA declined from 113,623 to 112,630, a -0.874% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,340 to $48,768, a 3.02% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.86%), White (Hispanic) (1.04%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.677%). NaNk% of the people in Mercer County, PA speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mercer County, PA are Grove City College (661 degrees awarded in 2017), Thiel College (252 degrees), and Laurel Technical Institute (107 degrees).

The median property value in Mercer County, PA is $119,600, and the homeownership rate is 72.9%. Most people in Mercer County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Mercer County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Pennsylvania, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Pennsylvania (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Pennsylvania across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Mercer County, PA went to Donald J. Trump with 60.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (35.8%), followed by Other (3.88%). The most partisan county was Fulton County, PA with 84.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Mercer County, PA
60.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Pennsylvania
  1. 84.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 82.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 82.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Pennsylvania was Fulton County, PA with 84.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Pennsylvania colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Pennsylvania over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Mercer County, PA is home to a population of 113k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.6% of Mercer County, PA residents were born outside of the country (1.8k people).

In 2018, there were 16.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (102k people) in Mercer County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.31k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.1k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    102k ± 114
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    6.31k ± 271
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.1k ± 295
1.44%
Hispanic Population
1.62k people

In 2018, there were 16.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (102k people) in Mercer County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.31k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.1k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.44% of the people in Mercer County, PA are hispanic (1.62k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Mercer County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.6%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.8k people
1.59%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.81k people

As of 2018, 1.6% of Mercer County, PA residents (1.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mercer County, PA was 1.59%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

45
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
50
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.8

In 2018, the median age of all people in Mercer County, PA was 44.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Mercer County, PA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Mercer County, PA residents was 44.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    81,562 ± 6,989 people
  2. China
    63,036 ± 6,149 people
  3. Mexico
    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

99.3%
2018 Citizenship
99.3%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.3% of Mercer County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Mercer County, PA was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,240 ± 243
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,038 ± 178
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    954 ± 173

Mercer County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Mercer County, PA is $48,768. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Mercer County, PA was Census Tract 313 with a value of $73,839, followed by Census Tract 328 and Census Tract 323, with respective values of $68,720 and $65,962.

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Mercer County, PA employs 49.6k people. The largest industries in Mercer County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,370 people), Manufacturing (8,001 people), and Retail Trade (6,177 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,625), Public Administration ($49,300), and Utilities ($48,333).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,768
2018 value
± $1,332
3.02%
1 Year Growth
± 3.6%

Households in Mercer County, PA have a median annual income of $48,768, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,340 in 2017, which represents a 3.02% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Mercer County, PA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039
Average Male Salary in Pennsylvania
± $1,040
$49,502
Average Female Salary in Pennsylvania
± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Pennsylvania
  1. Asian
    $61,450 ± $4,076
  2. White
    $51,412 ± $642
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Pennsylvania.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mercer County, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.469
2017 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2016 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 313
  2. Census Tract 328
  3. Census Tract 323

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mercer County, PA was Census Tract 313 with a value of $73,839, followed by Census Tract 328 and Census Tract 323, with respective values of $68,720 and $65,962.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Mercer County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mercer County, PA (14.9k out of 105k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    11,647 ± 624
  2. Black
    2,268 ± 315
  3. Two Or More
    704 ± 223

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mercer County, PA is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

49.6k
2018 Value
± 1,186
-1.19%
1 Year decline
± 3.43%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Mercer County, PA declined at a rate of -1.19%, from 50.2k employees to 49.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mercer County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,361 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,891 people), and Production Occupations (4,176 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mercer County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mercer County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,361 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,891 people), and Production Occupations (4,176 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.83 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.63 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.61 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mercer County, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,267), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,980), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($58,956).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

49.6k
2018 Value
± 1,186
-1.19%
1 Year decline
± 3.43%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Mercer County, PA declined at a rate of -1.19%, from 50.2k employees to 49.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mercer County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,370 people), Manufacturing (8,001 people), and Retail Trade (6,177 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mercer County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Mercer County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Mercer County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,370 people), Manufacturing (8,001 people), and Retail Trade (6,177 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, PA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.6 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.36 times), and Retail Trade (1.1 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mercer County, PA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,625), Public Administration ($49,300), and Utilities ($48,333).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $83B
  2. $50.6B
  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B
2015 Value in Pennsylvania
$954B
Projected 2045 Value in Pennsylvania
54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $61B
  2. $57.7B
  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Mercer County, PA awarded 1,146 degrees. The student population of Mercer County, PA is skewed towards women, with 1,864 male students and 1,985 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mercer County, PA are White (1,031 and 90.4%), followed by Black or African American (49 and 4.29%), Asian (18 and 1.58%), and Two or More Races (16 and 1.4%).

The largest universities in Mercer County, PA by number of degrees awarded are Grove City College (661 and 57.7%), Thiel College (252 and 22%), and Laurel Technical Institute (107 and 9.34%).

The most popular majors in Mercer County, PA are General Business Administration & Management (83 and 7.24%), General Biological Sciences (66 and 5.76%), and General Psychology (61 and 5.32%).

The median tuition costs in Mercer County, PA are $23,127 for private four year colleges, and $12,474 and $19,960 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 83 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 66 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 61 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Mercer County, PA was General Business Administration & Management with 83 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Mercer County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 661 degrees awarded
  2. 252 degrees awarded
  3. 107 degrees awarded
$12,474
Median In-State Public
$23,127
Median Private

In 2017, the Mercer County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Grove City College with 661 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

497
Degrees Awarded to Men
649
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 497 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mercer County, PA, which is 0.766 times less than the 649 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Mercer County, PA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,031 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    49 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    18 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Mercer County, PA were to White students. These 1,031 degrees mean that there were 21 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 49 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mercer County, PA was $119,600 in 2018, which is 0.521 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $114,100 to $119,600, a 4.82% increase. The homeownership rate in Mercer County, PA is 72.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mercer County, PA have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mercer County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$119,600
2018 Median
± $2,696
$114,100
2017 Median
± $2,803

In 2018, the median property value in Mercer County, PA grew to to $119,600 from the previous year's value of $114,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Mercer County, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mercer County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$48,768
Median Household Income
± $1,332
46k
Number of Households
± 1,088

In 2018, the median household income of the 46k households in Mercer County, PA grew to $48,768 from the previous year's value of $47,340.

The following chart displays the households in Mercer County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Mercer County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mercer County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.9%
2018 Homeownership
73.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 72.9% of the housing units in Mercer County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mercer County, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mercer County, PA have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.89% of the workforce in Mercer County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    81.6%
  2. Carpooled
    8.49%
  3. Worked At Home
    4.89%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Mercer County, PA was Drove Alone (81.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.49%) and those who Worked At Home (4.89%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Mercer County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Mercer County, PA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

93.6% of the population of Mercer County, PA has health coverage, with 45.8% on employee plans, 17% on Medicaid, 16.7% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.37% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Pennsylvania was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, PA see 1465 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.543% decrease from the previous year (1473 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1792 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 660 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,465 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mercer County, PA

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, PA see an average of 1,465 patients per year. This represents a 0.543% decrease from the previous year (1,473 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Mercer County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Pennsylvania.
$9,258
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Pennsylvania
$4,634
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,407
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,243
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.38%
Uninsured
45.8%
Employer Coverage
17%
Medicaid
16.7%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
1.37%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mercer County, PA declined by 13.7% from 7.4% to 6.38%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Mercer County, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 16% prevalence
  2. 13.4% prevalence
  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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