Introduction to New Holland, Pennsylvania

New Holland, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster county, is 12 miles E of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 49 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Lancaster metropolitan area.

New Holland History

The area now known as New Holland was originally covered by virgin forests of oak, chestnut, walnut, and ash. In the 17th century, it became part of the land granted to William Penn. German immigrants arrived in the 1700s. According to records, John Diffenderfer made an application to purchase the land in 1728. The area was surveyed in 1735, and ultimately granted to him for settlement on March 22, 1758. However, the community of New Holland is considered to have been founded in 1728, when it was known as "Earltown." In 1750 the community was referred to as "New Design," after the real estate development company of Michael Diffendefer. The first post office was established in 1802 at the same time that the town was christened "New Holland."

New Holland and Nearby Attractions

  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • Lancaster Museum of Art
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • North Museum of Natural History & Science
  • Susquehannock State Park
  • Elmwood Park Zoo

Things To Do In New Holland

New Holland offers easy access to several places of historic interest including the Conrad Weiser Homestead, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Fulton Opera House, Cornwall Iron Furnace, and Daniel Boone Homestead. Various natural history and science exhibits are housed in the North Museum of Natural History & Science. The Lancaster Museum of Art, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Landis Valley Museum, and Heritage Map Museum showcase artifacts reflecting the region's historical and cultural background. Activities like hiking, horseback riding, group tenting, picnicking, golfing, swimming, fishing, and boating can be enjoyed at the French Creek State Park, Susquehannock State Park, and Marsh Creek State Park. The community of New Holland also hosts the Farmers Fair in October every year.

New Holland Transportation

Air transportation is available from Harrisburg International Airport.

New Holland Higher Education

Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, and Millersville University are some of the nearby colleges.


Total Population 5,408
Male Share of the Population 43.2%
Female Share of the Population 56.8%
Senior Citizens 18.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,992
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 57.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $56,678
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 16.1%
Median Gross Rent $917
Median House Value $182,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 8.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

New Holland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles E of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Metro Area Lancaster
Standard Zip Codes 17557
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.101
Longitude -76.085

New Holland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.1 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
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Distance 22.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Greenbank (17557)

Groffdale (17557)

Laurelville (17557)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Akron 3,949 $62,736
Brownstown 2,788 $67,380
Denver 3,864 $65,705
Ephrata 13,617 $59,387
Honey Brook 1,689 $73,188

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 1,167 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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