With big-city opportunities and small-town charm, top-rated health care and higher education, diverse housing options and easy commutes, York delivers an attractive combination of live and work options. Our schools report high graduation rates; students achieve high levels of proficiency in math and reading. Plus, you’ll find a cost of living below the national average.
The heart of York’s creative culture beats throughout our vibrant downtown. Shops, galleries, restaurants, and entertainment venues, beckon passers-by along streets adorned with industrial art, painted sidewalks, and windows.
WeCo, the city’s youngest yet fastest growing district, hosts activities that are the driving force for enhancing artist enclaves and businesses. Here, you might be invited to a neighborhood dinner or the annual YWCA Turkey Trot, Creek Fire celebrations, and arts festivals.
The Royal Square District provides an eclectic mix of galleries, specialty foods and services, and community garden, with a nod to the trend of renewed retro community spots.
The Market District is anchored by its namesake historic beauty and social gathering place, Central Market House. You’ll also find a concentration of specialty shops, restaurants to please any palate, the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, and PeoplesBank Park (home to our York Revolution professional baseball team), and year-round entertainment.
Lifelong learning permeates York with opportunities to take classes in art, music, theater, and sports. You’ll find professional enrichment available through both private and public institutions. Don’t overlook our exceptional York County Library System and York County History Center for an abundance of hands-on, minds-on educational programs for both children and adults.
York County schools are places where creativity and innovation thrive. Schools report high graduation rates and high levels of student proficiency in math and reading. You can choose from homeschool options or enroll your children in one of the many charter schools in the area. Six different post-secondary institutions offering technical certification, two-year, four-Year and postgraduate degrees are located inside York County, with more than 20 colleges and universities located within an hour’s drive.
Watch summer fireworks from the rooftop deck of your apartment in the heart of downtown York. Maybe you prefer to sip a glass of fresh lemonade from the back porch of your York County home. From the ’burbs or rural areas to the central business district, York offers a neighborhood type that suits your style.
Making connections is a breeze in this community of game-changers. Engaged professionals drive fresh ideas and novel approaches to enrich York’s social and physical landscape. Volunteer your time to one of our community’s many nonprofit organizations. Make professional connections through Leadership York, York Young Professionals, or our many professional networks.
Recognized by SmartAssets as one of the best cities for children to live, York makes an attractive place for families. Our high quality childcare convinces many professionals that their children will thrive while living here. Talented youth perform in Broadway-inspired performances or display their art in galleries throughout York. Children gain skills in cooking, swimming, dancing, self-defense and more at our YWCA, YMCA, and Jewish Community Center (JCC) during year-round programs and summer camps. Roller skating, ice skating, ziplining, snowtubing, laser tag, and endless recreational choices for children and their families are all within driving distance from anywhere you live.
Cost of Living
The York lifestyle delivers an appealing cost of living—from your grocery bills to housing and taxes —it will cost you significantly less to live here than in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia or New York City.
Recognized by CNN for its economic equality, York delivers a big-city experience without the major metropolitan impacts on your wallet. And if you do enjoy travel to these big cities, you can easily be in Baltimore in an hour, Philadelphia and DC in two hours, and even NYC is only three hours away by car.
Discover what York’s current professionals have learned—it’s not only how much you earn, but also where you live that defines your quality of life.