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Living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Lancaster, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked six people living in Lancaster what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Someone moving to Lancaster, PA should know about coexisting with the Amish. It can be very dangerous to drive in Lancaster if you are not familiar with the horse and buggy. Driving erratically or honking your horn near a horse could lead to serious injury or death.

Daphcar, says: 2020

Anyone moving to Lancaster should know its many beautiful features. The climate is temperate and the landscape is sprawling and verdant. More practically, the schools are excellent and the ease of travel to Philadelphia and New York provides endless professional opportunities. The only obvious inconvenience is the regular traffic which results from the city’s growing popularity.

Draven, says: 2020

Whenever I talk about being from Lancaster, a lot of people ask if I’m Amish or if I know anyone who is Amish. A person moving here should know this: The Amish and their slower-moving buggies are not as ubiquitous as some movies or TV shows might indicate.

Faylee, says: 2020

Lancaster is a mid-sized town in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania in the United States. A sprawling landscape of green fields and farmlands encircle its suburbs and city center. Many Amish people live in Lancaster. They are commonly spotted selling vegetables on the side of the road, or trotting along in their horse and carriages (or buggy, as we say). Lancaster is best to visit in the autumn when the leaves are changing color; a crisp breeze will float over you as you sit sipping a hot apple cider on your front porch, breathing in the cool fresh air.

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area is very rural– in fact, many Amish families live among the more contemporary families. That being said, the city itself has many quaint establishments. The city is home to an art school, many coffee shops, and one of the oldest farmers markets in the United States.

Kristen, says: 2020

Lancaster, PA, is fairly close to the borders of New York, New Jersey, DC, and Maryland. It is easy to reach these places well within three hours, making Lancaster a great place. Lancaster lends itself to a balanced rural-urban lifestyle. The landscapes and scenery of Lancaster is wonderful, offering some beautiful drives.

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