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Living in Lancaster



Lancaster, “The Red Rose City,” is a city in South Central Pennsylvania and is one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. According to the 2020 U.S Census, the city has a population of 59,265. Lancaster County has a population of 519,433.

Although famous for its Amish population, Lancaster is a very diverse community with 16.3% of the city’s population being Black or African American, and 39.3%, Hispanic or Latino, primarily of Puerto Rican decent.

Lancaster also has a very sizable refugee population and has been called America’s refugee capital.” In recent years, refugees have come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Cuba.

The area offers an interesting blend of urban and rural, past and future. This makes Lancaster not only an amazing place to train and practice, but also a fun place to live.

Lancaster is conveniently located within close proximity to several major east coast cities: Philadelphia, PA (1 hr. 30 min.), Baltimore, MD (1hr. 30 min.), Washington, DC (2 hrs. 20 min.), and New York, NY (2 hrs. 45 min). All these cities are accessible by the Amtrak train.

City of Lancaster Website
Lancaster County Website

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Things We Love to Do in Lancaster

  1. Spend some time in historic downtown where there are many stores, cafes, and restaurants surrounding Penn Square, the center of the city.
  2. Visit the oldest, continuously running public farmer’s market, Central Market, for fantastic food, local produce, souvenirs, and handmade goods. Open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  3. Our favorite coffee shops include Mean Cup Coffee, Passenger Coffee, Square One Coffee Roasters, and Prince Street Café.
  4. There are also many stores to satisfy your sweet tooth. Definitely check out Lancaster Cupcakes and try some stroopies at The Sweet Shoppe. There also many amazing creameries in the County that we love to frequent including Pine View Dairy, Strasburg Creamery, Fox Meadows, and the Jigger Shop.
  5. We are very lucky to have a wide variety of fantastic and diverse restaurants. Some of our favorites include Chellas Arepas, Himalayan Grill, Callaloo, Taj Mahal, Szechuan Chili, Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie, Luca, and so much more. 
  6. For drinks we also have some great local breweries such as Lancaster Brewing Company, The Fridge, The Taproom, Spring House Brewing Company, and the newest one in town is Our Town Brewery. Tellus360 is also a place we hang out to unwind and listen to live music on the rooftop terrace.
  7. From small local shops to the outlet malls such as Tanger Outlets, there are many places to browse and shop.
  8. We are also lucky that the city is a hub for culture, art, and theater. If you live downtown, you are just walking distance from the Fulton Theater, Lancaster Museum of Art, the independent movie theater Zoetropolis, and live music venues such as the Chameleon Club.
  9. Our residents and faculty are also very active and there is no shortage of outdoor activities in Lancaster. Definitely check out the city’s Central Park for a nice walk and run. Some of our favorite hiking trails include Turkey Hill Overlook, Kelly’s Run, Tuquan Glen, and Chickies Rock. Pinnacle Overlook offers some of the best views of the Susquehanna River. There are many rail-to-trails in the area for long distance biking and we are just a short drive away from many amazing state parks and parts of the Appalachian Trail.
  10. If you love sports, Lancaster is home to a professional baseball team, the Lancaster Barnstormers. The team plays at Clipper Magazine Stadium, just two blocks from Lancaster General Hospital.