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Old 09-24-2011, 07:46 AM
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We may be moving to the York area for my husbands job. I have been trying to do research on the area on my own, but need help on the best areas to live based on our criteria.

Husband is willing to drive up to 30 mins travel time to York for work.
We have small children, so good schools, and low crime are a must.
Would like to have a decent percentage of Asians in the community. (not all white, etc)
I personally do not want to live in a subdivision. I want a more traditional type neighborhood where we can walk to the park, library, school, etc. More of a quaint charming type of town, not too small (<1000 pop) but not to big (>20,000). Although population size is not a deal breaker, if we can find the other things we are looking for in the town or community.

Any help would be appreciated
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:07 PM
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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York isn't really my strong area. I'm embarrassed to admit I don't go south of York very often except en route to Baltimore. I can't speak to what neighborhoods are south / east / west of the area.

But there are a handful of small towns between Harrisburg and York along I-83. You might also want to take a look at Dillsburg -- though it's right on the 30-minute mark.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:58 AM
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Best schools are in the York Suburban, Dallastown, Central and Red Lion school districts. They are all spread out, not locked into a particular grid of north/south/east/west. To live in a community/small town that you are describing, your best bet would probably be Dallastown or Red Lion. Both of these towns still have a main street (although very busy) and the coffee shop, pizza or lunch shop, library within walking distance (Red Lion), parks etc. The Asian population would probably be most present in the Suburban, Dallastown, Central school districts as these communities seem to attract the diversity of different cultures because of their sub divisions/neighborhoods being attractive to MD's, college professors, and other professionals.

There are subdivisions or neighborhoods that have many of the amenities you are looking for~parks, walkable to stores etc. Haines Acres in York Suburban, Outdoor Country Club in Central School District, Penn Oaks in the Red Lion/Central School district has a small park and a swim club available (for fee) to it's residents.

Will your husband be working in York? If so, it is possible to live in York and still take 1/2 an hour to commute to another part of York.

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