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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 each area:

York City

Greater York Area

Northern York County

Southern York County

Hanover/Southwestern 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 County:

York County: The Great Outdoors

York County: Arts & Entertainment


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