To Love York County When It Doesn’t Love You Back

Aaron J. Anderson
6 min readSep 20, 2023

York County is a lovely place to raise a family. I wrote about that recently.

That post generated a lot of enthusiasm for York but also some concerned private messages. One person asked, “I haven’t had the same experience in York as your family. I am looking at moving away but would like to talk about how you came to love York County. Can we get together?”

When York County Seems Unlovely

York County has not always been the easiest place to love. Our family’s move to York in 2004 from Raleigh, North Carolina was a bit of a culture shock.

The people in York County initially seemed more reserved. At times that could even feel cold.

As a transplant, it was easy to feel like an outsider in a place where so many people were born and raised. We quickly learned that people here made sure to tell you where they went to high school locally.

When we left Raleigh, it was ranked the best place to live in America. Real estate developments were popping up all over. New housing subdivisions, the latest restaurants, and shopping experiences were abundant. We quickly learned that the pace of real estate development in York County was a bit slower.



Aaron J. Anderson

CEO of Logos Academy & LogosWorks in York, PA, Dad of 6, Lead Pastor of Living Word Community Church, Red Lion, PA.