Life in South Central Pennsylvania
York and its neighboring areas offer an ideal living environment to match the quality of work life you're seeking.
If you value a strong sense of community, the more palatable pace of a smaller city and the convenience of a workplace close to home, you'll realize the advantages of considering WellSpan Health as part of your future.
A proud past, a promising future
York was the first capitol of the United States, hosting the drafting and signing of The Articles of Confederation in 1777, and Gettysburg, site of the most decisive battle in the American Civil War, remains a popular destination for tourists across the country.
York County is located approximately an hour north of the Baltimore/Washington area, an hour and a half west of Philadelphia and two hours south of New York City.
From this rich historical background and location comes a blend of urban, suburban and rural influences, a healthy business environment, excellent public schools and diverse and active cultural and religious communities.
The wealth and relative prosperity enjoyed in the area is due to a vibrant and diverse manufacturing base with wage increases that have outpaced inflation. Housing options in the region range from 18th century farms to suburban neighborhoods to historic townhouses.
York’s classic Strand-Capitol complex, which seats over 1,500 within its newly-refurbished italian renaissance walls, hosts a full slate of nationally-reknowned entertainers and touring Broadway shows.
York plays host to the oldest county fair in America each September, and numerous locally-sponsored arts festivals take place year-round.
You'll feel at home
It's not just our moderate climate that makes York a comfortable place to live and work. You'll find a noticeably lower cost of living and freedom from the congestion of larger metropolitan areas.
A family focus
Most residents describe our public school system as “outstanding” and choose to enroll their children in the public schools.
We offer a variety of school districts, large and small, country or urban.
In the 2012 American Community Survey, over 70 percent of our population 18 years old and over at least had a high school diploma. York County also offers a comprehensive K- 12 parochial school program and private school options such varying from faith-based, Montessori, vocational technical and Waldorf programs. Quality child care equals success in early learning.
With over 60 percent of primary care givers working outside the home, quality child care is essential. In York County there are a large number of regulated childcare facilities, many of which are either accredited or working towards accreditation Accredited facilities mean lower staff-to-child ratios, increased staff to child ratios, and other components essential for nurturing our children.
Twelve colleges and universities are within commutable distance to York County. In addition to a variety of advanced degree programs, they offer lecture series, musical and theater productions, art exhibits and library facilities for the general public.
And close to it all
York County offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation and culture, with thousands of acres of natural wilderness plus easy access to some of the East Coast’s major cities.
With the largest county park system in the state -- over 15,000 acres of state, county, and national park land -- outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful. York’s Heritage Rail Trail is ideal for hiking and biking.
Local attractions including the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, the quaint farmlands of Lancaster County, the state capital in Harrisburg and Hershey - "the sweetest place on earth" - are all within an hour's drive.
Find out more about our community:
http://www.york-chamber.com/ or http://www.yorkonline.org/
York Chamber of Commerce: Visitor information and community calendar of events
City of York, PA: Events, map, accommodations, restaurants, etc.
Walking Tour of York
Pennsylvania Main Home Page: General information about the Keystone State
Welcome to York County: Calendar, dining, lodging, recreation, and shopping information
York County - Pennsylvania, USA: General information about York County and York County government
Penn State York's Web site
York College of Pennsylvania's Web Site
York Newspaper Company's Internet Community
York Digital Record: York Newspaper Company's Web site
York Dispatch Online
York County Economic Development Corporation
York County Libraries
York Symphony Orchestra
Pennsylvania Visitors Network page devoted to York County
The Great York Interstate Fair
The Strand-Capitol Center Performing Arts Center
York Little Theater
Heritage Rail Trail