Potter County, PA

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Population

17,070

0.98% decline

Median Age

46.7


Median Household Income

$41,406

1.19% growth

Poverty Rate

14.4%


Number of Employees

6,745

3.82% decline

Median Property Value

$103,700

2.37% growth

About

In 2017, Potter County, PA had a population of 17.1k people with a median age of 46.7 and a median household income of $41,406. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Potter County, PA declined from 17,239 to 17,070, a -0.98% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,921 to $41,406, a 1.19% increase.

The population of Potter County, PA is 96.7% White Alone, 1.24% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.1% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Potter County, PA speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Potter County, PA is $103,700, and the homeownership rate is 77.2%. Most people in Potter County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Potter County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Potter County, PA employs 6.75k people. The largest industries in Potter County, PA are Manufacturing (1,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,096 people), and Retail Trade (705 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,750), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,111), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,706).

Median household income in Potter County, PA is $41,406. Males in Potter County, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Potter County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,406

2017 value

± $1,472

1.19%

1 Year Growth

± 5.3%

Households in Potter County, PA have a median annual income of $41,406, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,921 in 2016, which represents a 1.19% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

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

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Potter County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

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 2017 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 9503

  2. Census Tract 9504

  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Potter County, PA was Census Tract 9503 with a value of $46,912, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $46,027 and $40,045.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Potter County, PA (2.42k out of 16.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 55 - 64.

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

    2,336 ± 160

  2. Two Or More

    66 ± 57

  3. Native American

    10 ± 77

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

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

6.75k

2017 Value

± 257

-3.82%

1 Year decline

± 5.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Potter County, PA declined at a rate of -3.82%, from 7.01k employees to 6.75k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Potter County, PA, are Production Occupations (854 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (703 people), and Management Occupations (589 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Potter County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Potter County, PA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (854 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (703 people), and Management Occupations (589 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Potter County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.21 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.18 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.96 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Potter County, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($69,625), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($64,722), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.75k

2017 Value

± 257

-3.82%

1 Year decline

± 5.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Potter County, PA declined at a rate of -3.82%, from 7.01k employees to 6.75k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Potter County, PA, are Manufacturing (1,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,096 people), and Retail Trade (705 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Potter County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Potter 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 Potter County, PA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,096 people), and Retail Trade (705 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Potter County, PA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.95 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.86 times), and Information (2.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Potter County, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($63,750), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,111), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,706).

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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

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

90.7% of the population of Potter County, PA has health coverage, with 40.6% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 15.8% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 1.9% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Potter County, PA see 2442 patients per year on average, which represents a 27.7% increase from the previous year (1912 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3377 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 4221 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

2,442 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Potter County, PA see an average of 2,442 patients per year. This represents a 27.7% increase from the previous year (1,912 patients).

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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

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

9.33%

Uninsured

40.6%

Employer Coverage

17.9%

Medicaid

15.8%

Medicare

14.5%

Non-Group

1.9%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Potter County, PA declined by 6.02% from 9.93% to 9.33%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Potter 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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Diversity

Potter County, PA is home to a population of 17.1k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.885% of Potter County, PA residents were born outside of the country (151 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Potter County, PA is composed of 16.5k White Alone residents (96.7%), 211 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.24%), 187 Two or More Races residents (1.1%), 63 Black or African American Alone residents (0.369%), 56 Asian Alone residents (0.328%), 35 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.205%), 6 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0351%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Potter County, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

47

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

57

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Potter County, PA was 46.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 57. But people in Potter County, PA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Potter County, PA residents was 46.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.885%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

151 people

1.14%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

196 people

As of 2017, 0.885% of Potter County, PA residents (151 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Potter County, PA was 1.14%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.7% of Potter County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Potter County, PA was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.5k ± 9

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    211 ± 79

  3. Two or More Races

    187 ± 33

In 2017, there were 78.3 times more White Alone residents (16.5k people) in Potter County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 211 Hispanic or Latino and 187 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Potter County, PA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Potter County, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Potter County, PA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    561 ± 55

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    186 ± 38

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    139 ± 38

Potter County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Potter County, PA was $103,700 in 2017, which is 0.477 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $101,300 to $103,700, a 2.37% increase. The homeownership rate in Potter County, PA is 77.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Potter County, PA have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Potter County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,406

Median Household Income

± $1,472

6.54k

Number of Households

± 243

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.54k households in Potter County, PA grew to $41,406 from the previous year's value of $40,921.

The following chart displays the households in Potter 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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Housing

Property Value

$103,700

2017 Median

± $5,169

$101,300

2016 Median

± $3,937

In 2017, the median property value in Potter County, PA grew to to $103,700 from the previous year's value of $101,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Potter 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 Potter County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

77.2%

2017 Homeownership

76.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.2% of the housing units in Potter County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.8%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Potter County, PA have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.69% of the workforce in Potter County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.4%

  3. Walked

    5.05%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Potter County, PA was Drove Alone (78.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.4%) and those who Walked (5.05%).

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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