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- From: LANCASTER
- Registered: 2010-11-07
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Rural vs urban living in pa
I've lived in both and prefer rural PA.
In south central mountains of PA, everyone waves at folks driving by and if you break down, they'll actally offer to help you! The scenery is spectacular, lower cost of living, few hassles. If you move in with the attitude that you won't change anything you'll be accepted better. Helps to pick up on the local accent as soon as possible, go to the local restaurant weekly and get in with either the folks at church, volunteer fire / ambulance or the local watering hole. Gossip is a big deal in little PA towns.
In southeastern PA, it's the like any other metro area which may as well be just a suburb of Philly. Always someone driving 2 feet off your back bumper and you better drive with all of your doors locked (drug deals in broad daylight). MUST SPEAK SPANISH (Lancaster county has FAR more Hispanics than Amish). Lots and lots of gays everywhere. Taxes and property costs are extremely high. Jobs don't pay anywhere near what the website demographics claim. Many have two part-time jobs with no benefits because employers won't hire full time in order not to have to pay benefits. Good if you like different ethnic foods and night life.