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Ever since German, Scotch, and
Irish settlers began building homes west of the Susquehanna
River in the Seventeenth Century, the area now known as York
County has been home to diversity. For over 350 years, this area
has hosted people with diverse backgrounds employed in diverse
occupations. And the knowledge gained is passed on from
generation to generation. While the national economy has gone
from the agricultural era to the industrial era to the service
era and beyond, York County has been there, riding the crest.
Yet our roots are firmly planted in the agricultural and
manufacturing industries that have made and sustained the United
States as a great nation and world economic power.
Families, corporations, and
institutions throughout the world are exposed to York County
every day, whether they know it or not. The snacks they eat and
the coffee they drink may have originated in York. Their
motorcycles, air conditioners, exercise equipment, and dishes
may have been manufactured or assembled in York County.
But there is more to York County
then the products we grow or build. Much more. For diversity
thrives in our communities, from the urban feel of downtown York
to the quaint charm of Hanover and Shrewsbury. Unique
communities dot the landscape, surrounding by lush rolling
hills, fertile farmland, wooded trails, county and state parks,
lakes and streams. Our Heritage Rail Trail County Park is the
longest non-motorized rail-trail with active rails in the
nation; our history like no other.
York City was the seat of the
fledging United States of America in 1777-1778. It was here that
the Second Continental Congress adopted the Articles of
Confederation and declared the first national Thanksgiving. Less
than 100 years later, the Battle of Hanover played a vital role
in the outcome of the Union victory in Gettysburg. During World
War II, the "York Plan" was a national model for
converting factories to wartime production.
Perhaps our greatest asset is location, the exact reason that York City was laid out in 1741
at the intersection of the Monocacy Trail and the Codorus Creek.
Today, we are at the heart of the central Pennsylvania region
that includes Harrisburg, Lancaster, Hershey, and Gettysburg.
Major highways border and dissect York County, providing easy
access to Baltimore, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and
Pittsburgh. Airports in Harrisburg and Baltimore are easily
accessible, as are passenger and freight rail service.
The vibrant communities that
comprise York County have much to offer residents and visitors
alike. The beautiful Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in
historic York hosts big name entertainers, Broadway shows, and
the York Symphony Orchestra. Charming specialty shops, enticing
farmers markets, and enlightening museums provide a wealth of
activities for the family.
Why is York County one of the
fastest growing counties in Pennsylvania? Perhaps it is the
small town charm with the big city amenities. Perhaps it is
because families plant roots here, which grow generation by
generation. Perhaps it is our central location, low cost of
living, or low crime rates. Or, maybe it is a little bit of
everything – diversity. Whether you are a longtime resident or
a recent transplant, whether you are visiting for the first time or
make York a regular destination, we welcome you!
York County is divided into five
distinct regions, each with its own towns and personality.
The regions are York City, Greater York, Northern York County,
Southern York County, and Hanover/Southwestern York
County. Follow the links below for more information on
Greater York Area
Northern York County
Southern York County
Of course, if your considering a
visit and have never been here, you may be wondering, "Where
in the world is York County?"
And here's a bit more information on York
York County: The
York County: Arts
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