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Old 02-05-2017, 12:11 PM
 
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Good Afternoon,


My family and I are considering a possible move to the Lancaster area for work.
After reading about how unwelcoming Lancaster is in general, I'm wondering if anybody could direct me to an area within 30-40 minutes of the east side Lancaster where people in general are more welcoming? I am also interested in good schools, as well as homeschooling options in the area. I understand how people who have lived in an area for generations and have had the same friends since childhood can not really have time or the interest to reach out to new folks.

I've been looking at Elizabethtown, Palmyra, and recently Manheim because I've read on here that those areas are generally more accepting of outsiders. Are there other areas I should look at?


Thank you so much for your time in answering my questions.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:11 AM
 
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Anyone?
Bueller?
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Old 02-06-2017, 07:03 PM
 
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I'm not really familiar with the area, but there seems to be an active thread in the Harrisburg forum with people discussing the same thing. Maybe people in this thread will be able to help you:

Moving to Lancaster County
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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Hi LisaMar - we are moving to that area in a few months. We thought we would end up in Lititz, just north of Lancaster, but looks like we're building in Manheim Township, which I think is a little to the east. So far, the people I've talked with on the phone about various things have been very friendly.
Lititz was rated as one of the coolest small towns in the U.S., I've only been there once - for all of ten minutes. So I didn't really see a lot. I'm nervous about how to keep our kids entertained as the area in general doesn't have nearly as much as what we're leaving. But the more people I speak with, the more I hear about things to do with kids. It's a new chapter for us, and we'll make the best of it.
Good luck with your move!
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:39 PM
 
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If you looking for a good school district, try the Lampeter-Strasburg district. It covers a large area. It highly rated. The further you move from Lancaster, it's mostly Amish farm area. We have three children attending school there. We live in the Strasburg area. It's a small town surrounded with the farms. We have outlets nearby also for shopping. I wish you luck.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:37 PM
 
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I've lived in the area for over 20 years. Lancaster City and its immediate suburbs are actually quite diverse, and generally pretty welcoming to outsiders. I don't think you would have a problem fitting in at all. The surrounding rural areas and small towns can be a bit more clan-like, as many of the locals have indeed been around for generations. It isn't that they're "rude" or "unfriendly"... it's just that most of them have already established their little social networks, and prefer to keep to themselves. So if you haven't grown up there, breaking into their cliques can be a bit of a challenge.

If you really don't want to live in the city, then I would recommend either Elizabethtown, Mount Joy, or Lititz. Mountville and East Petersburg are pretty nice too. Stay away from Manheim though... it's a very xenophobic, low income town with a lot of drug issues.
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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If you really don't want to live in the city, then I would recommend either Elizabethtown, Mount Joy, or Lititz. Mountville and East Petersburg are pretty nice too. Stay away from Manheim though... it's a very xenophobic, low income town with a lot of drug issues.

Are you referring to Manheim Borough or Manheim Township? Manheim Township is where many of the professional class from Lancaster City and County live, a great many of whom are newcomers and older transplants. They tend to be more welcoming to strangers than the 10th generation inhabitants in the surrounding area, who as noted are very clannish although outwardly polite.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:04 PM
 
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Are you referring to Manheim Borough or Manheim Township? Manheim Township is where many of the professional class from Lancaster City and County live, a great many of whom are newcomers and older transplants. They tend to be more welcoming to strangers than the 10th generation inhabitants in the surrounding area, who as noted are very clannish although outwardly polite.
I was referring to Manheim Borough. I worked there for a few years... saw lots of confederate flags, camouflage, Jesus fish bumper stickers, and Trump yard signs. Manheim Township, on the other hand, is a very different world!
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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Are you referring to Manheim Borough or Manheim Township? Manheim Township is where many of the professional class from Lancaster City and County live, a great many of whom are newcomers and older transplants. They tend to be more welcoming to strangers than the 10th generation inhabitants in the surrounding area, who as noted are very clannish although outwardly polite.
wells5 - thank you for clarifying - we had decided on Manheim Twp, and after I read the other posts I was getting concerned.
As for comments about locals who are from the area, generation after generation - there are thousands of communities across the U.S. that have families that stayed in the area and never left. So Manheim should not be any different. We have moved a lot, and I find that the long time residents are still welcoming to new folks. I'm hoping we will be welcomed when we finally arrive this summer.
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