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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Housing
    C+
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A
  5. Diversity
    B
  6. Jobs
    B
  7. Weather
    B-
  8. Cost of Living
    C+
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
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  11. Commute
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Lancaster County is located in Pennsylvania with a population of 538,347. Lancaster County is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. In Lancaster County, most residents own their homes. In Lancaster County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lancaster County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Lancaster County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$200,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$978
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Lancaster County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    154.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    44.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    58.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    175.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,298.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    61.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Lancaster County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,823
National
$55,322

Lancaster County Reviews

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I've lived in Lancaster County all my life, born and raised among stretches of beautiful farmland and friendly neighborhoods. There are so many opportunities to have fun here, whether that would be visiting local attractions, becoming immersed in Amish culture, enjoying nature hikes and bike trails, and much more! I love my home here. I live right behind a farm and get to catch glimpses of wildlife like herds of deer who come to visit in the wintertime, or my friends and I will stroll down to the pond to relax. The school I attend is another positive. I always feel comfortable because my school works hard to maintain a safe environment while providing so many amazing courses to us students. I would not trade my life for anything.
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Great place to live, work, and raise a family! Lancaster county is led by agricultural but offers so much more. It is a top tourist destination in America for a reason. It has a growing arts/theater scene (Sight and Sound, Fulton, etc) and many cool farm to table restaurants, and unique attractions. Lititz was voted the coolest town in America and the Bulls Head pub the best bar in the state! The list goes on...
Lancaster County has many draws like the Amish & Mennonite, quirky tourist towns, and Dutch-themed attractions. The people are very nice, though relatively withdrawn. The area is extremely Christian conservative. But one thing about Lancaster, people do not address problems head on. Speaking of addressing problems, that is what PennDot neglects to do to our roads. Horse & buggies + intense seasonal changes = Pennsylvania roads being famously terrible.
I did not attend public school here but from what I can tell, the schools are decent & well-funded. There are ample grocery stores & farmers markets for shoppers of all types. Lancaster is growing, so new stores are being built everywhere. Housing is booming as well.
Lancaster is an area of rich culture & long history, full of attractions. All in all, it's a great place to visit & a great place to live.