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Red Lion, Pennsylvania


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Red Lion, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Red Lion, Pennsylvania

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, in York county, is 18 miles SW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 40 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland.Part of the surrounding York metro area, the town is not an isolated and is home to some 6,149 residents.

Red Lion History

The area was first settled in 1852. The community was named after the Red Lion Tavern, which was one of the first pubs to be established in the area. At one point, various brands of cigar were manufactured in Red Lion. The town was also famous for its furniture industry. For more than 100 years, Red Lion had several factories producing ornate hand-crafted furniture. Over the last 40 years, the economy's focus has shifted towards retail stores and kitchen cabinet production. During the early 1900s, Red Lion served as a major stop along the now-defunct Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad.

Red Lion and Nearby Attractions

  • Agricultural & Industrial Museum
  • Gates House & Plough Tavern
  • Heritage Map Museum
  • Codorus State Park
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Ladew Topiary Gardens

Things To Do In Red Lion

The North Museum of Natural History & Science features natural history and science exhibits, while the Agricultural & Industrial Museum includes a reconstructed grist mill. Collections in the Folk Craft Center focus on the culture and lifestyle of Pennsylvania's German residents. Among other historic sites and museums near Red Lion are Gates House & Plough Tavern, James Buchanan House, Fulton Opera House, Historical Society Museum, and National Watch and Clock Museum. Facilities for hiking, biking, camping, boating, horseback riding, swimming, and picnicking are available at the Codorus State Park, Gifford Pinchot State Park, and Susquehannock State Park. The Red Lion Mile is one of the newest attractions in the town. This 1-mile walking and biking path is Red Lion's first ever rail trail. The community also hosts the Street Fair in August every year.

Red Lion Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is the closest major airport.

Red Lion Higher Education

Elizabethtown College, Penn State York, York College of Pennsylvania, and Franklin & Marshall College are some of the colleges near Red Lion.

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High Points

Red Lion strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Red Lion Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Red Lion, Pennsylvania

Comparing Red Lion to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 10
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Well-Paid Single Women 5 7
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Senior Citizens 5 2
Well-Paid Single Men 5 7
Age of the Population 3 2
Racial Diversity 1 5

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 4 6

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 5 7
People Above Poverty 5 5
Median Family Income 4 6
College Educated Adults 3 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Short Commute Times 5 5
Public Transportation Use 3 4
Working at Home 2 2

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 7
Affordability of Rents 7 5
People Living Alone 7 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 4
Housing Recently Built 1 7

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Red Lion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles SW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland
County York
Metro Area York
Standard Zip Codes 17356
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.9
Longitude -76.606

Red Lion Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station YORK 3 SSW PUMP STN
Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43 inches
Station HOLTWOOD
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 67 to 85 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station LANCASTER 2 NE FILT PLT
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
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Red Lion Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,149 100%
Male 2,962 48.2%
Female 3,187 51.8%
Under 18 1,544 25.1%
18+ 4,605 74.9%
65+ 829 13.5%
Median Age 34.2
Average Family Size 2.92
White 5,972 97.1%
African-American 37 0.6%
Asian 25 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.2%
Other 20 0.3%
Mixed Race 77 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 56 0.9%

Estimated Red Lion Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,084
Growth -65
Growth % -1.1%

Red Lion Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 47.5%
US/American 12.2%
Irish 8.2%
English 7.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.6%
Scotch-Irish 3.6%
Italian 2.7%
Scottish 1.9%
Polish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Dutch 1.4%
Welsh 1.2%
Russian 0.6%
Lebanese 0.6%
Pennsylvania German 0.6%
Portuguese 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Hungarian 0.2%
Zimbabwean 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Red Lion, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Freysville (17356)
New Bridgeville (17356)
Pleasant View (17356)
Snyder Corner (17356)
Springvale (17356)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Red Lion 6,149 $41,850
Dallastown 4,087 $44,500
Felton 449 $53,125
Jacobus 1,203 $52,500
Windsor 1,331 $40,057
Yoe 1,022 $40,833
Yorkana 239 $43,125

Red Lion Public Libraries

Library
Kaltreider-benfer Library
147 S CHARLES ST
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
(717) 244-2032
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Serves 1,587 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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