Red Lion is a peaceful country town in Central Pennsylvania. Miles of corn fields stretch as far as the eye can see, surrounding the community with its agricultural charm. Yet, it's just minutes away from all the conveniences of city life. So, why is this quaint spot a great place to live? Keep reading, and we'll tell you all the reasons why we call it home.

Safe and Well Maintained Community

Red Lion, PA

Red Lion is a rural community and a safe place to raise your family. Both violent and property crimes are much lower here than in the average American city. Its small-town appeal makes it an ideal place to stroll down the sidewalk after dark. The homes in its historic borough district date between 1880 and 1935. Owners lovingly maintain the Colonial Revival and Italianate-style properties, giving the neighborhood an upscale feel.

Plenty of Green Spaces

One of the most appealing traits a community possesses is its green spaces, and Red Lion offers many. In addition to agricultural fields, rolling, tree-covered hills dominate the landscape here. It's especially appealing in the fall when the changing seasons provide a glorious backdrop for the many local activities.

When you want to reconnect with nature, consider visiting Wildwood Park. This public nature reserve offers a bird viewing area, a children's library, and a discovery center for the kids. Browse the displays in the exhibit hall or take a walk along the park's trails. If you enjoy archery, you can try your skills with a bow and arrow at Xtreme Archery in East York, or visit one of Red Lion's other community green spaces, including:

  • Fairmount Park.
  • Shady Grove Park.
  • Windsor Wonderland.
  • Fitz Park.

Outdoorsy locals can also enjoy a hike along the 200-mile Mason-Dixon Trail. The local section meanders along the lower Susquehanna River and provides stunning views of wildflowers and wildlife in their natural habitat. You may spot species like bald eagles, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey.

Large School District

Red Lion is part of the large school district that serves southeastern York County. It offers a junior and a senior high school, as well as Mazie Gable, Pleasant View, North Hopewell – Winterstown, Locust Grove, and Larry J. Macaluso elementary schools, as well as a few private and charter schools.

Many local kids outperform their peers across the state, with a 14% higher student progress rating than Pennsylvania's average of 36%. In addition, an outstanding 87% of 8th graders also took Algebra, which most educators consider a high school course. This proactive math participation figure far outpaces the state's average of just 30%. These impressive statistics prove that Red Lion's teachers help individuals grow academically every year, and our children are on track to meet their full potential.

Such a large student service area also comes with many perks other small-town schools may not experience. Red Lion's secondary schools offer an extensive sports program, plus a variety of clubs and activities. It provides a terrific music course for inclined children and a modern stadium to host football games.

Proximity to Employment Opportunities

Red Lion isn't a hub for industry or science, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have many job opportunities. Entry-level positions in food service, retail, and daycare are available. So if you're looking for an outstanding career opportunity, you're in luck. The town is close enough to quickly commute to the bustling cities of York and Lancaster, as well as metropolises like Baltimore and Philadelphia.

The job market near Red Lion ranges across many fields, from administrative and manufacturing to health care and civic services. Major employers include Harley Davidson, York Peppermint Patties, and WellSpan York Hospital. The town's 3.9% unemployment rate is far below the state's 5% rating as of February 2022, and its job market is on the rise, too.

Retail Therapy

Residents will find many interesting shops and plenty of family-owned businesses right here in the borough, from bookstores to used clothing. Wander down Main Street and window shop at various places, like Hearts & Minds Book Store. You can head inside for a new read or visit Olde Porch Primitives on West Broadway and pick out a unique gift item.

Retro Addicts is an electronics repair shop with a vast collection of records, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, and VHS tapes for sale. If this store doesn't have the music you're looking for, check out Tom's Music Trade's smorgasbord of options. Junk in the Trunk is our local consignment store. If you can't find what you want there, York is just a 10-minute drive in your new Ford, and it has all your typical shops.

Entertainment Options

Like most small towns in Pennsylvania, there isn't a bustling nightlife in Red Lion. However, that doesn't mean it's not an exciting place. It offers some excellent entertainment options, from delicious restaurants to awesome date night spots. You can throw a little 10-pin at Suburban Bowlerama or Lion Bowl, or check out the carnival rides at Dutch Wonderland. This theme park has over 35 attractions, like roller coasters, bumper cars, and a merry-go-round.

If you're a history buff, discover Red Lion's exhibits. The National Watch and Clock Museum chronicles timepieces with its 20-plus galleries. You can also fill your spare time at Adventure Sports in Hershey. It offers many exciting activities and thrilling attractions such as outdoor laser tag, putt-putt golf, and go-karts. If the weather outside is frightful, drop some quarters in the arcade games or try your luck with an escape-the-room adventure.

One of Red Lion's top destinations is the Turkey Hill Experience. This 17,000-square foot facility is the only place in Pennsylvania we recommend for cool, ice cream-related activities. Whether you want to learn more about the making process or try your hand at milking a mechanical cow, it's the place for you.

So, there you have it. Apple Ford of Red Lion put together this list of reasons why our town is a great place to live. What do you think of our community? Did we miss your favorite thing about this area — one prospective resident need to know? If we did, tell us. Drop us a line so we can add it to our list.

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