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Living a College Town Lifestyle in York, Pennsylvania

Home to a variety of universities and institutions, including the York College of Pennsylvania and Penn State York, York is an inexpensive college community. The area obviously had some rust-belt type setbacks, but is now actively looking for economic growth. York is on Pennsylvania's southern border, closer to Baltimore (48 miles) than Philadelphia (108 miles). 

York has been called an architectural museum because are many preserved, historic buildings. It is also home to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, which has brought many acclaimed acts to the area.

Photo of the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center courtesy of and per license of Wikipedia and Adavidb.

Where to Retire in York and Home Prices

There are some active adult communities in the York area. The National Association of Realtors reports the median home price in the 2nd quarter of 2021 was $218,300 in the York-Hanover area.

What Is Special about York

Very inexpensive. Pretty countryside. There are 2 colleges in York - York College of Pennsylvania and the York Campus of Penn State.

What Is Not Special about York

High crime rate and unemployment

Climate and Physical Environment

York is on Pennsylvania's southern border.  The average July high temperature is 87 and the average January low is 21. The wettest month is June (4").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

York is home to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, which brings many nationally prominent performers to the York area. The York Fair,which claims to be the oldest fair in the U.S., runs for 10 fun-filled days every September. The Olde York Street Fair is held each year on Mothers Day.


The crime rate is very high.

Medical Facilities

Memorial Hospital and York Hospital serve York.


Airports in Harrisburg and Lancaster are both within 30 miles of York.

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