Lancaster County Community Data


2015-16 Collective Impact Progress
Year One of Three-Year Community Impact Grant Cycle

The following summaries and reports demonstrate the process, progress and successes from the 17 United Way of Lancaster County Community Impact Partnerships:

Social Media Listening

The social media “listening” service Radian6 is used to follow local social media and news site conversations around topics of community importance.This service identifies conversations happening within the local community that include reference to important community issues. Conversations and news stories are identified for affect and content and tracked to provide real-time measurement of issues that are important to Lancaster residents. The social media and news sources that are currently being tracked include: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, comments, images, videos, mainstream news, local ads, blogs, and forums.

Topic Trend Line Graph


The topic trend line graph shows one month of data from May 6, 2016 – June 6, 2016. The lines show the number of posts on news and social media websites with economy, education, and health content. These three topics represent 53% of social media content about Lancaster during this time period. The remaining content varied considerably and did not containany single topic with a larger share of mentions than these three.

Word Cloud


This word cloud shows the words that appeared most often on social media and news sites that mentioned Lancaster, PA from May 6, 2016 – June 6, 2016. The larger the word appears in the word cloud, the more frequently it was mentioned.



Sharing a vision of Lancaster County being “a model of prosperity for 21st century America,” The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, United Way of Lancaster County, and the County of Lancaster formed a partnership in 2011 to develop a program to monitor how the county is doing in realizing this vision. The program evolved into a prosperity indicators project called Building A Prosperous Community. LNP Media Group, Inc. joined as a media partner in 2014 to help raise awareness of the community’s work on the indicators.

The project is designed to...

  • Provide a benchmark of the county’s current state

  • Identify the areas that most deserve the community’s attention as we work toward prosperity

  • Monitor the progress that is made in achieving our vision for the community

This report presents the third update of the set of indicators. To put the findings in perspective, indicators are shown for multiple years and, where appropriate, comparisons are made to the state of Pennsylvania and adjacent counties. The report continues to be used by the community and organizations as the basis for discussions on where we are, where we want to go, and how to get there. The findings are the foundation for program actions and policies designed to move Lancaster County closer to the goal of being a model of prosperity.


Click to view the Prosperity Indicators Report.


Check out the results of The Community Needs Assessment Survey conducted by Berwood Yost and his team at The Franklin and Marshall Center for Opinion Research.
The survey provided opportunities for community members to identify the key issues they face in Lancaster County. The 2014 survey results can be compared to baseline data gathered by United Way in 2009.

Click to view the 2014 Community

Needs Assessment Survey.


Click to view the 2014 Community

Needs Assessment Report.