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Lawrence County Demographics

The People of Lawrence County

Lawrence County is a very diverse community with a lot to offer. With the median age at 43.6 years of age, nearly 70% in family households, and over 75% of these in owner-occupied housing, we offer your business a mature, stable, and seasoned workforce.

According to the 2010 Census, our county's population was 91,108 and was estimated in 2017 to be 87,069. Though the county is experiencing a generally declining population base due to migration out of the City of New Castle, rural and suburban areas of Lawrence County are seeing growth.

Click here for the latest Census Data Summary for Lawrence County.

The workforce available to companies looking to expand or locate in Lawrence County is significant. As of August 2018, the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information & Analysis reported that Lawrence County’s workforce size was 39,800.  Lawrence County’s labor pool draw area, as calculated by combining Lawrence’s labor force plus neighboring Beaver, Butler, and Mercer Counties in Pennsylvania, and Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties in Ohio is 504,400. Lawrence County’s August 2018 unemployment rate of 4.7% (1,900 persons) was slightly higher than the State average of 4.1%. In the last ten years (January 2008 to August 2018) Lawrence County’s unemployment rate has fluctuated from a high of 9.9% in 2009 to a low of 4.6% in 2017 (data are seasonally adjusted).

In 2017, it is estimated that 41.6% of Lawrence County’s residents were between the ages of 18 to 64. The 2016 U.S. Census estimates put our workforce’s median age at 44.6 years old, with 79.9% of residents having a High School diploma and 28.8% having a college bachelor's degree or higher.

Click here for the latest Lawrence County Profile from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Our Community

Lawrence County is located at the core of North America’s largest concentration of population and business markets. Strategically positioned at the intersection of Interstate 80, a major East/West interstate system, and Interstate 79, a major North/South system, your business will enjoy easy access to such metropolitan epicenters as New York City, Chicago, Toronto and Atlanta. Lawrence County is the ideal location for businesses seeking access to the largest business and consumer markets in North America.

Lawrence County offers a diverse and exciting community made up of the following 26 unique municipalities (click here for Lawrence County municipality map):

Cost of Living

If you are looking for a location to start, relocate, or expand a business, you’re in the right place. Lawrence County is one of the most affordable markets in the state and U.S. Compared to the rest of the country, the City of New Castle's cost of living is 30% lower than the U.S. and Pennsylvania average according to data collected by Spirling's BestPlace, utilizing statistics from government and respected and well-established private sources. In addition, the cost of housing in New Castle is 79% lower than the national average! The chart below provides a useful and reasonably accurate measure of living costs based on items carefully chosen to reflect the different categories of consumer expenditures.

Interpreting the index: The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and non-metropolitan, equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.

Cost
of Living 
New
Castle  
County
of Lawrence
PAUnited
States
Overall7079100100
Grocery9595100.1100
Health8686107100
Housing214989100
Median
Home Cost
$38,800$89,200$165,800$216,200
Utilities969298100
Transportation8588117100
Miscellaneous989799100

Healthcare Opportunities

UPMC Jameson -- UPMC Jameson is a full-service community hospital serving the residents of Lawrence County and its surrounding communities. UPMC Jameson provides inpatient hospital care, surgical services, diagnostics, emergency medicine, senior care, rehabilitation, and a variety of specialized health care services.

Formerly Jameson Health System, the hospital merged with UPMC on May 1, 2016. Since then, UPMC Jameson has been part of a world-class academic medical center that is consistently ranked in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals.

UPMC Jameson provides a full range of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care, as well as highly specialized diagnostic and treatment procedures. The combination of high-tech medicine and compassionate care touches every one of the thousands of patients who enter UPMC Jameson each year. Their services include:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Breast Health
  • Behavior Health
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Children’s Advocacy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Emergency Services
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology/Endoscopy
  • General Surgery
  • Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Hospice Care
  • Imaging Services
  • Infusion Center
  • Nutritional Services & Wellness
  • Occupational Health Services
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Primary Care
  • Pulmonary, Respiratory & Neurodiagnostic Services
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Senior Communities
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Stroke Care
  • Travel Medicine
  • Urology
  • Wound Care

Other UPMC Operations

  • UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
  • UPMC Community Health Services
  • UPMC Jameson Women's Center
  • UPMC Jameson Cancer Center
  • UPMC Jameson Place - Personal Care and Skilled Care
  • UPMC Jameson Diagnostic Centers

The Ellwood City Medical Center -- First opened in 1913, the Ellwood City Hospital was purchased in 2017 by Americore Health, LLC., a Florida-based, for-profit health care company.  Americore renamed the facility Ellwood City Medical Center and have invested millions in its renovation.  Ellwood City Medical Center is now a modern complex with a newly expanded emergency room, a 46-bed medical surgical unit with the capability of treating those patients with skilled nursing needs (i.e. swing beds), a 6-bed intensive coronary care unit, and a 10-bed geriatric psychiatry unit as well as a variety of diagnostic and surgical services.

The Hospital offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care in surgical, laboratory, radiology, home health, physical and occupational therapy, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular, and cardiopulmonary departments. Ellwood City Medical Center's latest ventures include the Mary Evans Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center and a Laser Vein Clinic.

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