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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.
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.
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.
14% of Lancaster residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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
Median rent in Lancaster, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $418. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $841.
Libraries in Lancaster include Lancaster County Library, Manheim Twp Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Lancaster include Lancaster Newspapers
TV stations in Lancaster include WGAL.
Lancaster County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lancaster political report.
Lancaster restaurants taking online reservations include Gibraltar, Rosa Rosa Ristorante Italiano ... View restaurants
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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