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Old 02-25-2013, 10:57 PM
 
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Will be moving to York, PA in a couple of weeks. It will be me and my boyfriend, no kids. What are some areas to be avoided and why? Thanks.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:43 AM
 
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I've walked all over the city of York. In spite of the high crime rate, I felt safe in most areas, except for the area around South Queen Street, south of downtown York. This part of town had a lot of very unsavory characters roaming the streets and just felt very sketchy to me. That said, just exercise street smarts and be aware of your surroundings and you'll be fine. York is a fascinating and beautiful small city.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:00 AM
 
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So, the south side?

Also, I looked up York's crime statistics. Why is the crime rate so high?
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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The crime rate is so high because of the numbers of crimes for the population. York has a fair amount of gang activity and it's also the transfer point for drug traffic from Baltimore/Washington DC to Philadelphia/NJ and New York City. But, that being said, York itself as a whole is a great community. There are many places that have a York address and zip code, that are removed from the sketchy part of the city (downtown). The areas I would avoid (as the poster above mentioned) are pretty much anything off of South Queen Street & South George, West Market out to Richland Avenue, the area around the fair grounds, the areas north of Market and Philadelphia until you get to the state streets, and parts of Philadelphia and Market Street. During the summer they become the cruising circuit and traffic is crazy busy, the streets are often closed for parades or events. The fairground area parking is impossible during the 10 days of the York Fair (permits required, lots of foot traffic). There are some nice areas in/around Beaver Street, East Market near the YWCA and then the area of East Market street near where it intersects with Route 83 are charming and safe. Going south on Queen Street and George Street, as you get near the hospital and strip malls you are somewhat out of the city (into Spring Garden Township) but still have a York address, these areas are safe and populated with apartments. West York area (past the fairgrounds) seems to be pretty good. My advice would be to find a place outside the city limits, and go into the city for restaurants, market, happy hours, etc. but the suburbs for living & shopping.
I lived in York for 23 years, so if you have specific questions about specific streets, apartment complexes etc., please PM me.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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Get a place over by the Harley plant Caterpillar plant.
Check Sycamore drive. Hollywood drive. I have family on both. Very cool.
Better yet, you might love Wrightsville or Columbia, just a few miles away.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: West York
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Honestly, just drive around and see for yourself. Its pretty easy to see the bad areas from the good areas.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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York neighborhoods really are a case by case basis. I have a place in the Avenues in downtown York and I feel incredibly safe there, have never had a single problem, and know all my immediate neighbors and they look out for each other. I have walked all over central York and have seen one block be absolutely fine, nice houses, clean fronts, people treating each other respectfully and then the next block is absolutely the opposite. York has quite a bit of crime, but it tends to involve people involved in criminal activity...as a person just minding their own business, and who exhibits some smarts out on the street, it is just a wonderful community to live in.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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The crime rate is so high because of the numbers of crimes for the population. York has a fair amount of gang activity and it's also the transfer point for drug traffic from Baltimore/Washington DC to Philadelphia/NJ and New York City. But, that being said, York itself as a whole is a great community. There are many places that have a York address and zip code, that are removed from the sketchy part of the city (downtown). The areas I would avoid (as the poster above mentioned) are pretty much anything off of South Queen Street & South George, West Market out to Richland Avenue, the area around the fair grounds, the areas north of Market and Philadelphia until you get to the state streets, and parts of Philadelphia and Market Street. During the summer they become the cruising circuit and traffic is crazy busy, the streets are often closed for parades or events. The fairground area parking is impossible during the 10 days of the York Fair (permits required, lots of foot traffic). There are some nice areas in/around Beaver Street, East Market near the YWCA and then the area of East Market street near where it intersects with Route 83 are charming and safe. Going south on Queen Street and George Street, as you get near the hospital and strip malls you are somewhat out of the city (into Spring Garden Township) but still have a York address, these areas are safe and populated with apartments. West York area (past the fairgrounds) seems to be pretty good. My advice would be to find a place outside the city limits, and go into the city for restaurants, market, happy hours, etc. but the suburbs for living & shopping.
I lived in York for 23 years, so if you have specific questions about specific streets, apartment complexes etc., please PM me.
I grew up in York and a lot of the streets you mentioned were my newspaper route back in the days. I don't think York is bad compared to the big cities. I still drive through the old neighborhoods when I am in town.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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SERIOUSLY thinkin' about buying property in the SPRINGDALE area - after looking at some small farm properties North of York... but now kinda' concerned /confused with you mentioning & warning about 'anything off South George & South Queen' - which is the boundary for SRINGDALE.... ANY further insight would be appreciated from a (possible future) neighbor [depending on what area YOU are in...). And just curious... are you a teacher with your 'handle' (TEACHBEACH) - as MOST teachers know well the kids - parents and areas they work (and live) in....

Thanx again for any advice....

And curious as to what 3DIVINA found in York to live , and what she NOW THINKS of the area she (maybe) moved into IN York.....
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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SERIOUSLY thinkin' about buying property in the SPRINGDALE area - after looking at some small farm properties North of York... but now kinda' concerned /confused with you mentioning & warning about 'anything off South George & South Queen' - which is the boundary for SRINGDALE.... ANY further insight would be appreciated from a (possible future) neighbor [depending on what area YOU are in...). And just curious... are you a teacher with your 'handle' (TEACHBEACH) - as MOST teachers know well the kids - parents and areas they work (and live) in....

Thanx again for any advice....

And curious as to what 3DIVINA found in York to live , and what she NOW THINKS of the area she (maybe) moved into IN York.....
Be sure and visit the area...many parts of Springdale are wonderful, stately older homes with lots of character. Also VERY high taxes if they are part of York City..if they are in Spring Garden Township they will be lower. Springdale butts up to the back of York College, which can be peaceful and serene during the summer and full of parties and wild times when the students are in town.
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