Lancaster, Pennsylvania Education and City Information

Lancaster, located in south central Pennsylvania, is one of the oldest inland cities in the U.S. Lancaster hosts nationally ranked Franklin and Marshall College, as well as several other nonprofit postsecondary schools.

Information About Lancaster, Pennsylvania

In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Lancaster at 59,302. The city is fairly diverse, with more than 55 percent of residents identifying as white alone in 2010, 39 percent of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino and approximately 16 percent identifying as black or African American alone. At $33,772, Lancaster's median household income for 2010-2014 was well below the statewide median of $53,115.

Lancaster has many historical landmarks, including Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Central Market, the Cork Factory Hotel, the Fulton Opera House and Wheatland, the home of former U.S. President James Buchanan. Other attractions include the Hands-on House children's museum, the Lancaster Museum of Art, and the Charles Demuth Museum. Minor league sports teams in the city include the Lancaster Barnstormers of ALPB Baseball and WPSL Soccer's Lancaster Inferno.

Lancaster Educational Opportunities

Lancaster is home to Franklin and Marshall College, ranked the nation's 40th best liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. This private school, which offers undergraduate majors and minors in nearly 60 fields of study, enrolled approximately 2,200 students as of Fall 2014.

Other 4-year schools in the city include Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster Theological Center, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. Students seeking a certificate or associate's degree can choose from the Lancaster campus of Harrisburg Area Community College and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

Lancaster Industry and Employers

The city's largest employers include Lancaster General Health Penn Medicine, commercial printing company RR Donnelly & Sons, construction materials manufacturer Armstrong World Industries, foam cup and container manufacturer Dart Container Corporation and Turkey Hill Dairy, producer of beverages and frozen desserts.

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