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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,418
Male Share of the Population44%
Female Share of the Population56%
Senior Citizens19.8%
Employed Population 16+2,842
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married53%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.4%
Median Earnings25+$31,297
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,948

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,572
% Above Poverty Level90.6%
% Below Poverty Level9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone19.1%
Median Gross Rent$859
Median House Value$198,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.8%
Irish7.2%
Italian6.1%
English5%
Swiss4.8%
French Except Basque3.5%
West Indian3%
Haitian3%
Arab2.7%
Iraqi2.7%
Norwegian2.1%
Welsh1.9%
Polish1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Dutch1.4%
Czech1.2%
Canadian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Swedish0.3%
Greek0.2%
German0.2%
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New Holland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lancaster County
Standard Zip Codes17557
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.1
Approximate Longitude-76.09

New Holland 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
Distance11.1 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
Distance18.4 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
StationHOLTWOOD
Distance22.7 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 61 F
Jul Temp67 to 85 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Akron3,956$66,528
Brownstown2,621$80,645
Denver3,870$65,083
Ephrata13,714$58,452
Honey Brook1,738$70,000
Terre Hill1,455$69,276

New Holland Public Libraries

Eastern Lancaster County Lib
11 CHESTNUT DR
New Holland, Pennsylvania
(717) 354-0525

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New Holland Public Schools

Garden Spot Ms
669 E Main St # 609
ZIP: 17557
(717) 354-1561
Middle
Total Enrollment 513
Garden Spot Shs
669 E Main St, Po Box 609
ZIP: 17557
(717) 354-1555
High
Total Enrollment 988
New Holland Elementary
126 Eastern School Rd
ZIP: 17557
(717) 354-1520
Primary
Total Enrollment 574

New Holland Private Schools

Amsterdam School
185 Amsterdam Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
Center Grove School
226 W Huyard Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Crossroads Mennonite School
3030 Division Hwy
ZIP: 17557
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 56
East Earl Amish Parochial School
1182 Stauffer Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Greenbank School
678 Ranck Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Groffdale School
179 Voganville Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Hidden Meadow School
346 Red Well Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Mill Creek Valley Parochial
115 Eastern School Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
New Holland Early Learning Center
18 Western Ave
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Pequea Mennonite School
5025 Diem Rd
ZIP: 17557
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 46
Pleasant Valley School
170 Mentzer Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
Walnut Hill Parochial School
284 S Shirk Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Welsh Mountain Amish Parochial School
5310 Hammond Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
West Terre Hill School
560 Quarry Rd
ZIP: 17557
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
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