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Old 04-17-2013, 04:30 AM
 
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Area must be safe! Safe as in single parent with a 2 year old and a 6 year old. Also, we'll need a good school system I would like to live in an apartment or possibly considering buying a condo. Preferably live at least 15 minutes within a city environment.. aka shopping, restaurants and grocery stores, etc.,

From what I've read on here Elizabethtown or Bethlehem looks to be suitable. The threads I read were several years old, and considering the way the economy has crashed since then I'm curious to how things are now.

Thanks to everyone in advance
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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Bump. Any advice on these would be helpful
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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you want to live in town or close to town? bethlehem is nice but much bigger than carlisle or etown.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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Bethlehem is a suburb of Jersey/ NYC so thats either good or bad or both, probably depending on how you look at it. Expense wise, its the highest of the choices.
Carlisle is nice enough for a small town but its a long drive to shopping, Lancaster being the closest although Harrisburg probably isn't too bad. No real malls in Carlisle I'm told.
Elizabethtown? Near Three Mile Island. 'Nuff said. Although it has evaded much of the building boom of other areas. Maybe its safe. Its a bederrom community of Harrisburg, I know that.
Lititz is a nice area although its got other nice areas around it so don't just limit your choice there.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Philly
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although bethelehem is part of NY CSA, people can and do work in the lehigh valley as well as the philly metro. consequently, home prices are lower than Philly and higher than Harrisburg.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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Not familiar with all of the towns listed, but I can tell you that Lititz is an extremely safe town, with a good school district. There are a lot of towns in the vicinity (Ephrata, Manheim, Willow Street) that also merit consideration.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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Bethlehem is a suburb of Jersey/ NYC so thats either good or bad or both, probably depending on how you look at it. Expense wise, its the highest of the choices.
Carlisle is nice enough for a small town but its a long drive to shopping, Lancaster being the closest although Harrisburg probably isn't too bad. No real malls in Carlisle I'm told.
Elizabethtown? Near Three Mile Island. 'Nuff said. Although it has evaded much of the building boom of other areas. Maybe its safe. Its a bederrom community of Harrisburg, I know that.
Lititz is a nice area although its got other nice areas around it so don't just limit your choice there.
Bethlehem a "suburb" of Jersey/NYC? The majority of residents of the Lehigh Valley work IN the Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley sees more commuters crossing state lines - Morning Call

You've picked several great places to live. If you fill out the sticky at the top of this forum you might get better responses. In general, the schools in Bethlehem are not that great. They are having major funding issues right now and as is true with all PA city schools, they are not as well thought of as the schools in smaller towns.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:52 PM
 
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From everyone in the area I spoke to, Lititz seemed like an ideal place. Also, the fact that it just won best small town in America has really swayed me as well
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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Bethlehem a "suburb" of Jersey/NYC? The majority of residents of the Lehigh Valley work IN the Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley sees more commuters crossing state lines - Morning Call

You've picked several great places to live. If you fill out the sticky at the top of this forum you might get better responses. In general, the schools in Bethlehem are not that great. They are having major funding issues right now and as is true with all PA city schools, they are not as well thought of as the schools in smaller towns.
I'm a little confused... what sticky at the top?? Lol, sorry, I'm new to the forums!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Philly
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lancaster and bethlehem are small cities, lititz, carlisle, and etown are towns. honestly, I like all of them in their own way
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