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Overview

Introduction to Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Ephrata, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster county, is 11 miles NE of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 56 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Part of the surrounding Lancaster metro area, the town is not an isolated town.

Ephrata History

In the early 18th century, German mystic Johann Conrad Beissel founded the religious community of Cloisters in the region. The community declined in the early 1800s, and the village began to grow becoming the regional commercial center. It was named "Ephrata" after the biblical city. Soon, it had two resort hotels, and was also a stop for the Reading and Columbia Railroads. On August 22, 1891, Ephrata was officially incorporated as a borough.

Ephrata and Nearby Attractions

  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • North Museum of Natural History & Science
  • Samuel S. Lewis State Park
  • Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park

Things To Do In Ephrata

Ephrata was once the seat of the Mystic Order of the Solitary, a semimonastic order of Seventh-Day Dunkers that was established in 1732. The land on which the Ephrata Cloister stood is now a historic site that is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Artifacts of historical and cultural importance are displayed in the North Museum of Natural History & Science, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Heritage Center of Lancaster County, National Watch and Clock Museum, and the National Toy Train Museum. The Eicher Arts Center, housed in Conrad Beissel's historic Eicher House, now includes a Native American museum. Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, and Samuel S. Lewis State Park are other two popular destinations in the area. The community of Ephrata also hosts the Ephrata Fair in September every year.

Ephrata Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is the closest major airport.

Ephrata Higher Education

Colleges near Ephrata are Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and Alvernia College.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,714
Male Share of the Population50.7%
Female Share of the Population49.3%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+7,270
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married55.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21%
Median Earnings25+$31,952
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,923
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,224

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,452
% Above Poverty Level90.1%
% Below Poverty Level9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone29%
Median Gross Rent$824
Median House Value$155,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13%
Irish10.7%
Italian5.8%
English5.3%
Polish3.2%
Swiss2.8%
Dutch1.7%
French Except Basque1.4%
German1.4%
Welsh1.3%
West Indian1%
Hungarian0.9%
Scottish0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Russian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Greek0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
Haitian0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Jamaican0.2%
US/American0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Lithuanian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Ephrata Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lancaster County
Standard Zip Codes17522
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.18
Approximate Longitude-76.18

Ephrata Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationLANCASTER 2 NE FILT PLT
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip43.4 inches
StationLANDISVILLE 2 NW
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 66 F
Annual Precip43.4 inches
StationREADING 4 NNW
Distance20.9 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip44.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Akron3,956$66,528
Brownstown2,621$80,645
Denver3,870$65,083
Lititz9,209$64,869
New Holland5,418$56,572
Terre Hill1,455$69,276

Ephrata Public Libraries

Ephrata Public Library
550 SOUTH READING RD
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
(717) 738-9291

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Ephrata Hospitals

Ephrata Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
Po Box 1002 169 Martin Avenue
(717) 733-0311

Ephrata Public Schools

Clay El Sch
250 Clay School Rd
ZIP: 17522
(717) 721-1100
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Ephrata Ms
957 Hammon Ave
ZIP: 17522
(717) 721-1468
Middle
Total Enrollment 1258
Ephrata Shs
803 Oak Blvd
ZIP: 17522
(717) 721-1478
High
Total Enrollment 1239
Fulton El Sch
51 East Fulton Street
ZIP: 17522
(717) 721-1130
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Highland El Sch
99 Highland Ave
ZIP: 17522
(717) 721-1160
Primary
Total Enrollment 456

Ephrata Private Schools

Bethany Parochial School
Bethany Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Cherry Grove Parochial School
275 Rock Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Diamond Road Parochial School
161 Pool Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
Durlach Parochial School
Durlach Rd Between Durlach Hill & Clay School Rds
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Ephrata Mennonite School
598 Stevens Rd
ZIP: 17522
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 208
Farmersville Mennonite School
65 E Farmersville Rd
ZIP: 17522
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 100
Grace Christian School
219 Conestoga Creek Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Grandview Heights Christian Academy
110 Durlach Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Hillside Parochial School
232 Wanner Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
Hinkletown Mennonite School
272 Wanner Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 170
Martindale Special Education
530 Clearview Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
Metzlers Mennonite School
N Farmersville Rd At W Metzl Box 620
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Olive Branch Christian Academy
400 W Main Street
ZIP: 17522
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 36
Our Mother Of Perpetual Help School
330 Church Ave
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 182
Pleasant Valley Mennonite School
144 Pleasant Valley Rd
ZIP: 17522
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 130
Scheaffer Parochial School
Scheaffer School Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
Springville Mennonite School
520 Springville Rd
ZIP: 17522
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 90
Wood Corner School
210 Wood Corner Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
Wood Crest Parochial School
19 Woodcrest Rd
ZIP: 17522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
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