Why Lancaster County

Unique Location, Unique Insights

Close to cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC, you’ll find an area that’s been dubbed a “Mini-Brooklyn” by a prominent New York publication. Stop by the centuries-old farmers market and find African fare next to raw milk, grass-fed beef and farmers who grew the veggies they’re selling. As you explore, you’ll see headquarters of global businesses, local mom-and-pop shops and numerous transportation hubs that drive a robust economy. Outside the city, you’ll find a place where rural values thrive right alongside bustling suburban developments. Active farms and dynamic families blend seamlessly to make this area one-of-a-kind – spanning urban, rural and everything in between. This is Lancaster, and it’s why we chose here for our research facility.

Lancaster County At-A-Glance

A unique mix of urban, suburban and rural coupled with a strong business base and a range of incomes, ethnicities and professions.

Nationally Recognized

  • Lititz was named “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel Magazine
  • The City of Lancaster was ranked 10th in the country for “Top Cities for Women-Owned Businesses” by Nerdwallet
  • Lancaster County was ranked 1st nationally in 2012 for Metro Areas in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and has remained in the top quartile since
  • Lancaster Central Market is ranked 8th “Best Fresh Market in the World”
  • The City of Lancaster was ranked 1st as “Best Place to be a Teacher” by GoodCall

Key Insights

  • Centrally Located: Lancaster County is within 500 miles of 50% of the US population, less than 90 minutes from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Harrisburg and Wilmington by car and 3 hours from New York City by train
  • Surprisingly Large: Lancaster County is roughly the same size as Syracuse, Wichita and Akron
  • Mirror Image: The demographics of the area mimic the US population in:
    • Median household income
    • Average hourly earnings
    • Median age
    • Average family size
    • Average home price
    • Average age of home
  • Nuclear Families: Compared to the U.S., Lancaster County residents are more likely to be:
    • Married
    • Own their home
    • Work at home
    • Employed in production, transportation, construction, health technology and farming
  • Working Hard: The area is economically healthy with lower than average unemployment rates
  • Retirement Boom: Age 55+ communities are expanding rapidly in Lancaster County, with 138 retirement community centers, 5 of which have over 1000 residents
  • Advanced Learning: Lancaster County has 10 Institutions of Higher Education

Lancaster County Stats

  • Population: 538,520
  • 103rd Largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in U.S.

Note: The Top 50 MSAs leave out over half (56%) of the population


RACE Lancaster National
White 82.5 61.5
Hispanic 10.1 17.6
Black 4 12.6
Asian 2.1 5.1
Other 1.3 3.2
EDUCATION Lancaster National
Less than high school 14 12
High school or GED 38 28
Some College 21 29
Bachelor’s or higher 21 30
SOCIOECONOMIC Lancaster National
Median Age 38.8 37.8
Median Household Income $59,262 $55,775
ECONOMY Lancaster National
Unemployment Rate 4 5.7
Cost of Living Index 102.3 100
Single Earner 28% 30%
OCCUPATIONS Lancaster National
Management / Health 32.6 36.7
Production / Trans. 17.2 12.5
Admin / Sales 22.7 24.5
Food / Services 16.2 17.8
Construction / Farming 11.2 8.5

A Taste Of Lancaster

When you visit Central Focus, you get Lancaster’s signature hospitality and a sample of its unique culture along with the fresh pool of potential candidates outlined above. Whether you choose the hotel in the old cork factory or the restaurant named as one of the best nationwide by a leading food personality, you’re sure to find something new every time you come – both at our facility and around town!

Here are some of our favorites!


Cork Factory Hotel
480 New Holland Ave. #3000
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 735-2075
Distance from facility: 6.1 Miles (Approximately 15 min.)

Lancaster Arts Hotel
300 Harrisburg Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 299-3000
Distance from facility: 6.1 Miles (Approximately 15 min.)

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lititz
101 Crosswinds Dr.
Lititz, PA 17543
(717) 625-2366
Distance from facility: 2.3 Miles (Approximately 5 min.)


230 N Prince St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 293-5060
Distance from facility: 6.1 Miles (Approximately 15 min.)

Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub
28 East King Street, #30
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-4000
Distance from facility: 6.2 Miles (Approximately 17 min.)

Bulls Head Public House
14 E Main St.
Lititz, PA 17543
(717) 626-2115
Distance from facility: 3.5 Miles (Approximately 8 min.)

Ciro’s Italian Bistro
605 Richmond Square
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 560-5660
Distance from facility: 1.7 Miles (Approximately 4 min.)

Discover how our unique location and respondents can bring fresh insight to your research project.

Central Focus. Central Pennsylvania’s most complete research facility.

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