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The center of Pennsylvania Dutch country

Lancaster is a city in Lancaster County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after a town and county in England.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Pennsylvania named Lancaster. For links to other places called Lancaster, PA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Lancaster is 40.037N. The longitude is -76.305W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 361 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 55,351.


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Median household income
Local
$29,770
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Lancaster demographic reports
Lancaster is near the Susquehanna River
Once a gun-manufacturing center
Public transportation: Red Rose Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 557. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 10 per 1,000 people.
Ranked among the top 10 cities, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Filming location for:
· 1998 movie, "Beloved"
· 1985 movie, "Witness"
Well-known residents have included:
· Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat
· Charles Demuth, artist
· President James Buchanan
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Seattle's Best Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Artwalk - April 21-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lancaster web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: American Music Theater, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Lancaster attractions: Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, Central Market
Historic sites and museums: Demuth Museum & Garden, Discover Lancaster County History Museum, Heritage Center Museum, Landis Valley Museum, Wheatland (James Buchanan House), Lancaster Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: Franklin & Marshall College, Harrisburg Area Community College-Lancaster, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania School of Art and Design
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 131
Quotes:
Penn Square, heart of the two-mile square municipality, might have been designed by some master scenewright.
-- WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Lancaster demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lancaster County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lancaster area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 17601 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

22% of Lancaster residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lancaster ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lancaster was $13,955, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

14% of Lancaster residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
Lancaster festival dates:

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History

Historic districts in Lancaster include Conestoga Steam Cotton Mill Complex, Eisenlohr-Bayuk Tobacco Historic District, Harrisburg Avenue Tobacco Historic District, Lancaster Historic District, N. Shippen-Tobacco Avenue Historic District, North Charlotte Street Historic District, North Prince Street Historic District, Northeast Lancaster Township Historic District, Teller Brothers-Reed Tobacco Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Lancaster, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $418.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $841.


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Libraries

Libraries in Lancaster include Lancaster County Library, Manheim Twp Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Lancaster include Lancaster Newspapers

TV stations in Lancaster include WGAL.

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Politics

Lancaster County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lancaster political report.

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Lancaster restaurants taking online reservations include Gibraltar, Rosa Rosa Ristorante Italiano ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Lancaster workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lancaster between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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DUPLICATE NAMES
Other PA communities named Lancaster:
  �Butler County township
  �Lancaster County township

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~ WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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