With more than eight million people visiting each year, Lancaster County is most widely known for Amish culture and fertile farmland. But people are drawn to Lancaster for many other reasons. In recent years a cultural diversity has hatched throughout the area, prompting new residents to join the already thriving community. With an ever-growing arts and music scene, great shopping destinations and delicious food, it is no wonder that Lancaster has become a popular choice to call home for more and more people.
Many choose to be a Lancastrian because of the caring and generous community. Each year, the community comes together for the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster’s largest single day of giving. In the last seven years since its inception, the Extraordinary Give has raised over $41 million for more than 500 organizations in the area. In 2018 alone, $10.2 million was raised!
Another special day for the community is Mother’s Day. Not just because we love mom, but because of the Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy. Thanks to nearly 600 truck drivers, 330+ volunteers, more than 35 sponsors and thousands of community members, the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy is a sight to see. This event has set the record for the “World’s Longest Truck Convoy” and continues to exceed their number of wishes granted goal. The convoy begins and ends at Burle Business Park on New Holland Road and makes a 26-mile loop to Ephrata and back.
Those who may be house hunting in Lancaster County are swayed by the high affordability, unique things to do and the great educational systems. There are also numerous colleges and higher education institutions that add to Lancaster’s appeal for people of all ages, from recent college graduates to retirees.
Because of its growing reputation as the most walkable city in Pennsylvania, Lancaster has an ever-growing and active “downtown” region. Residents have easy access to dozens of unique restaurants as well as fifty art galleries all within walking distance. Lancaster City also boasts an active theater and music community. As the nation’s oldest continuously operated theater, the Fulton Opera House, aka “The Fulton” is a vibrant contributor to the regional theater movement and home to the renowned Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. The Ware Center and Lancaster Performing Arts Center offer unique and limitless opportunities to enjoy music and cultural enrichment.
Lancaster County continues to remain a popular choice for retirees. In fact, U.S. News now ranks Lancaster County as the #1 Best Place to Retire in the United States! The area offers a diverse array of housing choices and services to retirees. There are currently fiftyfive senior living communities that populate the Lancaster County landscape. With several options to choose from, almost every need can be accommodated. There are 55+ communities, retirement communities, assisted living and long-term care options. Retirement communities like Garden Spot Village promote active lifestyles along with an affordable selection of living accommodations. Garden Spot residents find abundant opportunities to live with purpose, participating in local and international volunteer opportunities as well as athletic events including the popular Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half-Marathon.
Another more practical consideration for retirees is Lancaster’s easy access to high quality healthcare. Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine continues to receive national acclaim for its accomplishments. U.S. News & World Report ranks “LGH” as a top hospital in Pennsylvania and it has received high performance rankings in four specialties: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology as well as in five procedures/conditions: COPD, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement. All Lancaster County hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services.
Even with its exceptional quality of life, Lancaster County’s cost of living consistently trends below the national average. Lancaster continues to be a great destination, rich in history and vibrant with unique culture. It is also a wonderful place to live permanently, whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a retiree.