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. It is part of the surrounding York metro area, the town is not isolated.

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.


Total Population 6,332
Male Share of the Population 43.8%
Female Share of the Population 56.2%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,935
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 41.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $49,800
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $724
Median House Value $123,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 26%

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

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


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

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
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
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Dallastown 4,019 $60,268
Felton 603 $58,500
Jacobus 1,813 $92,667

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

Red Lion Public Libraries

Kaltreider-benfer Library
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
(717) 244-2032
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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