Get To Know Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania – A City Authentic.
Lancaster County has been mentioned in a 2019 survey appearing in US News as #1 place to retire in the nation and is considered as one of the “Top 50” as the best place to live in the country, an amazing accomplishment (source: US News and World Report).
Lancaster was also recognized in 2018 by Forbes.com as “one of the 10 coolest cities to visit”. What is driving these rankings? Lancaster gets great marks for the number of new and refurbished housing developments and the upcoming Rebmans Affordable Housing Project, located at 800 South Queen Street, will provide some much-needed affordable housing.
Lancaster’s healthcare resources are world-class and offered primarily by the University of Pennsylvania health care system along with UPMC, WellSpan and others. Other factors considered to determine scoring were things like happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, and the job market in the local area.'
The city's primary industries include healthcare, manufacturing, tourism and public administration and according to the United States Federal Reserve, Lancaster unemployment rate is 3.4% as of December of 2019.
Remember the economic crisis in 2008, where the mortgage market collapsed, companies closed, people lost jobs and houses, retirement plans values went downhill? The above happened to many cities in the USA, affecting the many states across the nation. However, Lancaster survived. That tells us something about this small county consisting of a population totaling 543,557 people as of 2018.
COVID-19 has certainly affected Lancaster but we are weathering the storm and we will recover!
Wide open spaces await you here, from our parks & trails to recreational activities and farmers markets to roadside stands – as well as our world-famous Amish farmlands and covered bridge driving tours.
And hospitality businesses are steadily re-opening in adherence with public health guidelines – from attractions and lodging to retail and dining (indoor & outdoor).
While many coronavirus restrictions on business operation have been lifted in Lancaster, there are properties that remain closed or in limited hours by choice or regulation, so look for the “open” flags on our website and then confirm by calling or checking social media of particular properties for the most current info.
Our Visitors Center is open limited hours (Mon., Fri. & Sat., 9am - 4pm). We’ll continue to do our best to keep things updated on our website during this ever-changing time. To see our enhanced safety protocols visit the Visitors Center page.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the old-fashioned goodness of Lancaster County.
When you’re ready to experience some of it, we’ll be here, practicing social distancing, mask wearing, & hand washing – and asking you to do the same – so that we can resume enjoying safe, sensible fun together.
Come and enjoy the architecture and curiosities of Lancaster. Walk the streets where George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Payne once walked. Lancaster is a fascinating city of yesterday and today.
Our city believes in innovation, welcomes diversity, loves inclusion, and reports a relatively low crime rate.
Lancaster also has over 770 non-profit organizations supporting community needs (source: guidestar.org). These non-profits are not just on paper, they actually care and are always doing great things for its constituents.
Lancaster is a charming place to live, invest and enjoy life with peace of mind. Even with COVID. the restaurant scene offers some in-dining and plenty of outdoor dining choices, with many different choices from upscale eateries to informal dining. It has also become very artsy and cultural, plus it is great for all ages but especially for families with kids and retirees.
It’s very close to major cities such as New York (less than 3 hours away by train or car), New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware (all-around 2 hours away) and around 6 hours to get to Niagara Falls in Canada or Virginia Beach.
is a city with a rich and intriguing heritage that dates back to colonial times.
Once America’s largest inland city and the Capital of the United States for one day! Visit our exquisite food, creative art, experiences and activities for all ages, tastes and more. Enjoy the many things to see and do in Lancaster City and understand why we are focused on supporting our city’s working families.