York County, Pennsylvania is a great place to raise a family. The landscape is beautiful, there is a great diversity of rural activities, abundant parks, and a growing list of local activities in York City.
In addition, York is only a couple of hours from larger destinations like Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, and the Atlantic Ocean. Add local destinations like Gettysburg, Baltimore, the Amish country in Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Hershey and you have a huge variety of things to do with a family.
My love for York County has taken time to develop. In fact, we tried to move from York County to different parts of the United States at least three times. We can now truly say that we are glad God kept us here.
York County has become home to the Anderson family. The people that live here in York City, Dover, Red Lion, and elsewhere throughout the county are “our people.”
My wife, Gail, and I moved to York in 2004 from Raleigh, North Carolina with three little kids in tow. Our oldest son, Ellis, was four, our oldest daughter Emily was two, and Luke was seven months old.
I can still recall our first drive on 83 North as we exited onto Route 30 in our 2000 Ford Windstar minivan. We were not initially enamored by this old, seemingly outdated town in South Central Pa. Our first visit to the West Manchester Mall did not help with its garden hoses draining into garbage cans to deal with leaky ceilings.
Fast forward almost 20 years and so much has changed. We added three kids to the family: Amelia, David, and Wesley. We call these additions our Yorkies.
Our family initially lived for our first two years in a rental in the Shiloh neighborhood of West York. In 2006, we moved into the Avenues neighborhood in York City, renovated a 100-year-old home, and have lived here since. It was here that our family expanded to six children. Our two oldest kids are now married, so our brood has grown to 10!