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Info on Pennsylvania, esp. Lancaster county?

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We may be moving to Pennsylvania, probably Lancaster county. We were wondering if anyone can give us any info on the state/area.

We've already got basic demographics: income, median house value, crime, ethnic makeup, etc. What we want to know is how friendly are people? How nosy are they? Are people generally conservative or liberal there? Basically, how will we be received as religious, truck-driving, simple-living, homeschooling, rifle-hunting, strict-parenting, privacy-loving, but friendly family?

Also, how is the political climate? How restrictive are the laws? How bad are the busybody government agencies? How is the weather? Advantages/disadvantages of living there?

Thanks for any info!

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THanks Leann,

We live in Montana now, and it is perfect for us. Unfortunately, the level of income here is NOT perfect, and my husband is probably getting offered a job paying more than twice what he makes here. But I'm so leery of moving back to the east coast. We just like the lower population, and the live-and-let-live attitude here. And being so close to Philly makes me even more nervous.

We've thought of going just over the line into Chester, because we heard it is much cheaper there, but that's just closer to the Philly suburbs. We're concerned about the cost of land there. I've hardly seen any real acreage for sale, and the little bits of land I've seen in Lancaster County, the prices are outrageous!

Any opinions on land prices/rental prices?
Looks like we're definitely going to have to rent for a long while. Everyone is saying to try west of Lancaster county, but that will be too far of a commute. Not to mention his company may have to move its location into Chester county, which would make it farther. We may consider southern Lancaster county, though, or maybe southern Berks county.

As for finding a house for a "small" family and "some" horses, LOL. I have a 2 year old, a 1 year old, and a newborn, and we're not done yet. ROFL. Oh yeah, and we have six adult horses (including a stallion), a colt, two dogs, and a cat. So it's got to be at LEAST three bedrooms and at LEAST five acres! You see our dilemma? :)

I think we'll find somewhere to rent. It's just going ot take going through a rental agency, and paying an absolute fortune. At least it sounds like the rural parts of Lancaster county aren't going to be so bad to live in.
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