Lykens, Pennsylvania

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Lykens, Pennsylvania

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High Points

Lykens strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Lykens Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Lykens Walking and Biking to Work
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Lykens Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Lykens, Pennsylvania

Comparing Lykens to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 8
Age of the Population 7 6
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Female Share of the Population 5 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Racial Diversity 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 6
Average Household Size 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
People Above Poverty 7 6
Median Family Income 5 5
College Educated Adults 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Working at Home 4 6
Short Commute Times 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 10
People Living Alone 7 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 4
Affordability of Rents 6 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 8
Housing Recently Built 1 3

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Lykens Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland
County Dauphin
Metro Area Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle
Standard Zip Codes 17048
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.566
Longitude -76.7

Lykens Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Distance 37.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
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Lykens Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,937 100%
Male 943 48.7%
Female 994 51.3%
Under 18 452 23.3%
18+ 1,485 76.7%
65+ 409 21.1%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 2.96
White 1,888 97.5%
African-American 7 0.4%
Asian 15 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.2%
Other 3 0.2%
Mixed Race 20 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 10 0.5%

Estimated Lykens Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,862
Growth -75
Growth % -3.9%

Lykens Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 41.9%
US/American 11.4%
Pennsylvania German 7.3%
Irish 6.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
Dutch 5.2%
Italian 4.5%
English 3.3%
Welsh 3.3%
Polish 2.2%
Swiss 1.6%
Russian 1.5%
Eastern European 1.1%
Ukrainian 1%
Slovak 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
British 0.5%
European 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lykens, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Erdman (17048)
Loyalton (17048)
Specktown (17048)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lykens 1,937 $40,909
Berrysburg 354 $42,250
Elizabethville 1,344 $40,625
Gratz 676 $46,063
Pillow 304 $41,000
Tower City 1,396 $39,219
Williamstown 1,433 $36,548
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