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Old 05-04-2016, 11:33 AM
 
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Hi everyone!

I am possibly considering a move to York, PA for a job. I am from Pittsburgh but have never really been to central PA, so I guess I would like everyone's input! I'm in my twenties and a recent graduate. I'll be moving by myself and working at a school in the city.

What's the area like? Restaurants? Things to do?

Where would I want to live if I wanted a safe area, coffee and restaurants within walking, and not a horrible commute (~40 mins) into the city? What's the cost of living like? How much should I expect to pay for rent?

Ultimately I just want to know if this is a place I would want to move to... I am planning to make a trip out there in the next week or so before I make a decision, but it will be a short visit and there's nothing like advice from the locals! I'll be happy to give additional info if necessary. Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:32 PM
 
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York itself is quite scary. There is a fair amount of crime and blight in the downtown core. If you do look for a house there, go as far out into the suburbs as possible.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:08 PM
 
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Assuming you'll be working in the city, you can look for an apartment or housing near York Hospital area; South Queen Street near shopping center (York Apts., Rolling Hills apts). Brockie Greens on Country Club Road has condos that people rent. Another area might be Springettsbury Township, nice apartments up behind Planet Fitness called Greensprings (they're nice because they come with a w/d in each unit). Near Galleria Mall there are some nice apartments. Another area attractive to young singles is the Royal Court area in Windsor Township (off of Springwood and Cape Horn Road). Those apartments have a fitness center, outdoor pools and options for garages.

You probably wouldn't want to live in the city proper, although some areas are much safer and better than others. There are many more parts of York that have a York address, but are actually in "suburbs". Try and find something in Springettsbury, Spring Garden or Windsor Township (most will still have York addresses). You'll still be within 20 minutes of where you need to get to for work.

Expect to pay about $800 month for a decent apartment~you can probably do better if you rent the upstairs of a home that has been converted (West York, main street of Dallastown seems to have a lot of apartments over retail establishments or large homes that have been converted to 2 family units).

Unfortunately there does seem to be a higher than average crime rate, but it's usually targeted individuals and seems to be contained to certain areas or streets. Stay away from those areas for housing and York's surrounding area is fun. There is a bit of a nightlife, a great market (dowtown and Eastern), lots of trendy restaurants and a local baseball team. Nice river trail that starts in the city and extends south to the Maryland line. Stop in at the Visitor's Center (located at Harley Davidson plant) and pick up information, they might have some relocation information as well. Outside of the city itself are some good malls, Lancaster is only 20-40 minutes away, Harrisburg has some great restaurants and festivals and Baltimore is an easy hour trip during non traffic times.

If you want more information, you can PM me.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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Teachbeach gives good advice. West Manchester Township and the West York area is also great too and close to everything while still being safe.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:46 PM
 
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York itself is quite scary. There is a fair amount of crime and blight in the downtown core. If you do look for a house there, go as far out into the suburbs as possible.
Blight? Scary? York has one of the nicest downtown areas and great architecture thorughout the city, this is not Chester or West Baltimore lets be real.
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:15 PM
 
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Shiloh and Hellam are nice areas.

And yes the inner City is filled with crime. Tires slashed, mugged, shots, all the norm.
Heck our prison even moved out of the city because it got that bad (hahahaha!)

Slum Lords abound.

Check out:Lake Redman, Sam Lewis Park, Nixon park, and some close nearby summer adventures at Hershey Park! Nice summer concerts.

The few positives about downtown are: The library, The Farmers market, and The White Rose restaurant.
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