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Old 10-04-2015, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Griffin, GA
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Looking to relocate to the Central PA are around the area of the Chambersburg, York, Harrisburg tringle. Currently live in a small rural town about an hour from Atlanta, which is a different experience, because I have usually lived 30 minutes from big cities (Pittsburgh/Cincinnati.) I don't mind a small town so to speak, but I would like to be with in a reasonable driving distance to festivals, museums, multi cultural events, and minor/major sport teams. Traveling up to the area in November, any ideas of areas that would be best to look into.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:51 PM
 
Location: NYC
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You should ask the mods to move this to the PA forum.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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The first question I have is where are you going to be working if you work? This will help us with where to relocate to.
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:45 AM
 
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Gettysburg is close enough to both Baltimore and DC that you could go to evening/weekend events in the cities and maybe get home before you fall asleep, not close enough for most people to care to commute to work though. Maybe a local could chime in on how bearable the traffic and restrictions are around the National Military Park. The commercial apple orchards north of there support more of a Hispanic presence in the area than one might otherwise expect.

Carlisle is a fairly small town but with frequent events. The US Army War College and the small Dickinson College provide the town with more international/multicultural flair than would be expected for the middle of PA. Its college scene is too small to create mobs of problem drinkers or left-wing local politics. Unfortunately the ugly US 11 "Miracle Mile" truckstop strip between I-76/PA Turnpike and I-81 interchanges gives a poor impression, locals don't even go there for shopping with the power centers at the PA 641 I-81 interchange instead. The "Harrisburg" Wegmans is so far out to the west that it's doable for regular grocery shopping from Carlisle, otherwise the chain grocers in the middle of PA tend only to have a wide selection of potato chip brands to the exclusion of anything else.

Mechanicsburg has a well kept (not yet trendy per se) historic town or "borough" center, with townhouse to executive level developments, especially to the north in the name brand suburban Cumberland Valley school district. It is home to the highest level of chain shopping in the Harrisburg metro (which is not very high, not even an Apple store to go with the aforementioned Wegmans), and perhaps the #1 relocation community in the Harrisburg metro.

Shippensburg has bigger college in a smaller town, more drinking, less multicultural, and likely further to work and to events compared to Carlisle.

Chambersburg is a growing small town without a road system quite to match. Its college is tiny and perennially troubled. Unless your work site is in the seemingly booming logistics centers in this area, there seems less draw here: fewer events and multiculturalism here than in the other communities.

York is a mixed bag. Its city limits are so small that it includes only downtown and inner city-ish neighborhoods. The rest of York County is such a patchwork of old farms to old and new industry to new sprawling developments (especially south of York, appealing to Maryland tax and gun law refugees who seem not to be bothered so much by waiting in long lines on I-83) that I'll let some other forum-ers offer more details.
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Old 10-06-2015, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Griffin, GA
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Thank you everyone, To give a little more of a backstory, I work as an EMT, so I would manly be lookin at Hospitals and Ambulance services which are usually hiring. Plan on going Nursing school soon, I noticed that Harrisburg Community college offers the program.
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Old 10-06-2015, 03:46 PM
 
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How did you identify Chambersburg/York/Harrisburg particularly then?
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Griffin, GA
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I originally wanted to live in Gettysburg since I am a huge history buff and like to volunteer at historical sites. Plus I figured that it was far enough away from the Baltimore/DC, Philadelphia metro areas that the cost of living would be cheaper. So with that being said, I started lookin at the bigger towns that were between those big cities and Harrisburg.
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Old 10-07-2015, 06:02 AM
 
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If you want to be closer to multicultural events and major league sports, you might want to consider heading south into Maryland...perhaps the Westminster area or maybe around mt airy or Frederick. Or, alternatively, Lancaster county, which would get you closer to philly, but more expensive. There are trade-offs to be made here, and if you want the cost of living of south-central PA, you will have to be OK with an hour to hour and half from a major city. Are you?
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Old 10-07-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: West York
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You are in the right field for moving to this area, the healthcare industry is huge around here. You will not have any problems getting EMT or (eventually) nursing work around here. This area is sports crazy, so you will not have any problems there, be it major or minor.
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Griffin, GA
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I looked in to Maryland but EMT levels are set up by state, I am an Advanced Emt which basically means I can start IV's and administer some drugs ; aspirin overdose drugs, but in Maryland they just have basic level which can't, so besides not working at my skill level, the pay might be worse also. But I am glad to hear that about the jobs.
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