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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Lancaster County is located in Pennsylvania with a population of 536,494. Lancaster County is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Lancaster County offers residents a suburban feel and 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
$193,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$957
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Lancaster County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
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
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 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
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

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Lancaster County Reviews

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I was born and raised in Lancaster County and it really is one of the neatest places to live. Residents along with tourist visit many extraordinary places all over the county’s boarders. From First Friday’s, where many local artists and talents show off their work to the community all across Lancaster City, to all the incredible local restaurants with amazing service, and even the Fulton Theatre, which puts on amazing performances all year long. To Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, and everything along Lincoln Highway to enjoy, such as The American Music Theatre, Sight and Sound Theatre, all the shopping (Tanger and Rockvale Outlets), and the Amish. Lancaster has so much to offer and show people and was recently rated as one of the top ten small cities to visit on Forbes List 2018. The only complaint would be all the farming, sometimes it gets pretty stinky, and the horse-and-buggies
on the road can get in the way, but not
too many major complaints about good ole Lanc PA!
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I love it here in Lancaster! Amazing mix of a vibrant small city and gorgeous farm land. I've had the opportunity to travel outside the state and country, and I have seen some astounding places. But I always come home to Lancaster thinking, "this place is special." From the arts scene, craft breweries, coffee roasters and music in the city, to the Amish and Mennonite heritage in the country, not to mention shopping district and Sight and Sound theater, Lancaster has something for everyone.
I was born and raised in Lancaster County. I am very happy with the area and my public school education. In the summer, local produce is the absolute best! We get to experience all four seasons to the fullest extent. We are driving distance to Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York City, and lots of beaches.