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Old 12-28-2015, 05:56 PM
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We've recently moved to York for my husband's job at the local VA clinic. We're currently living over in West York, but his work is over on the east side. We're still renting but can't decide where exactly we want to buy. He's said most of his coworkers are from the Lancaster area (they say it's due to crime). We enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and family activities. We moved from Kansas City, MO which has many family friendly events & activities. So basically, what are your guys recommendations?
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:38 AM
Location: West York
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With all due respect to your husband's co-workers, anyone commuting from the Lancaster area solely because of crime is an idiot. Since you have no pre-existing ties to the area, I'd look for an area that has a convenient commute for your husband. Since he works in East York, I'd look at Hallam, Wrightsville, Windsor, Manchester, Mt. Wolf as possible areas since they would offer the outdoor family activities you are looking for. JMO but there is no benefit to living in Lancaster over York unless you have already laid your roots down there and don't want to move.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:13 AM
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Are school system's important? If they are I would definitely recommend moving to the York Suburban, Central or Dallastown areas.

If he's working in East York, the area to the east of 83 offers lots of diversity in terms of out door activities. Hiking at Chickies Rock, accessibility to Susquehanna River, and township activities at Springettsbury Park, John Rudy Park, Rocky Ridge etc. It's only 20 minutes to Lancaster and as another poster said, it's crazy to commute that Route 30 just for crime. East York is fine. The Rail Trail from the city either south to MD line, if you're uncomfortable starting in the city, go the area near York College or further south to park and ride.

We lived and worked in York for 23 years and I always felt safe, thought the cost of living was excellent and found people to be pleasant and helpful. The proximity to Harrisburg airport (and the option to scoot up 441 instead of taking 83/tpk) was an advantage, and we found everything we needed to survive in York or the occasional trip to Lancaster. Farm markets, Eastern Market, pick your own places, theatres, restaurants, shopping, museums etc. were all wonderful.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:50 AM
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Although there is some nice hiking in Lancaster and York counties, mostly in the hills near the Susquehanna River (largely on property purchased by power companies in the early 20th century), if you measure your hikes in miles rather than yards, the South Mountain region South Mountain Partnership | in the middle of the Carlisle/Gettysburg/Hagerstown triangle, and the Home - Kittatinny Ridge corridor northeast and northwest of Harrisburg, and the Seven Mountains region northwest of Harrisburg offer greater hiking opportunities. Of course the commute is every day, but for a tiebreaker direction perhaps northern York County would be the area to look at.
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:54 AM
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I grew up in Philadelphia, and my husband moved our family to Central Pennsylvania kicking and screaming! It's been 20 years and I couldn't have wished for a better outcome for my children, their education and all around experience. While I settled in the Hershey area, I love both Lancaster and York and would have considered either one had my husband's job taken us in that direction. If you are concerned about crime, you can always check the crime rates. There are lots of great sites out there. I recommend spot crime dot com

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Old 01-02-2016, 12:37 PM
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East York especially a home in the York Suburban school districtETA: I just saw this is an old post!
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