Lancaster is a city in the south-central part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the county seat of Lancaster County. With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities.
The city's primary industries include healthcare, tourism, manufacturing, and professional services, and it is home to the Park City Center shopping mall. A controversial citywide video surveillance system includes the most outdoor cameras per capita of any US city.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church- built in 1879, the church's congregation aided African-Americans fleeing the oppression of slavery in the Southern United States, thus one of many stops on the Underground Railroad.
Lancaster suffers from high unemployment, especially in the southeastern quadrant. In 1999, this area, which includes census tracts 8, 9, 15, and 16, had unemployment rates of 10.9%, 10.1%, 3.5%, and 9.0% respectively, while the rate for the rest of the county was 4.9%. The Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board sees a persistent problem in underemployment: "People are working but surviving just on the edge of poverty." Outside the city, however, employment has increased 18% by adding 34,900 jobs between the years 1999 and 2002.
Lancaster City has been in the process of recreating itself recently with an explosion of specialty shops, boutiques, bars, clubs, and reinvestment in downtown institutions and locations.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,770, and the median income for a family was $34,623.
WJTL 90.3 FM Lancaster, PA Christian Contemporary
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WSJW 92.7 FM Starview, PA Smooth Jazz
WROZ 101.3 FM Lancaster, PA Adult Contemporary
WADV 940 AM Lebanon, PA Gospel Music
WLPA 1490 AM Lancaster, PA Sports
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Friends The Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 56 N. Prince Street Lancaster, Pennsylvania (717) 517-9506 - (visit website)
Jannat Beauty Design - Category: Hair Salons - 402 W Orange St. Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603 (717) 399-4901 - (visit website)
Jas It Up Hair Studio - Category: Hair Salons - 24 N. Mary St., Lancaster, PA. (717) 517-8495 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Brothers and Sisters Restaurant - Category: Southern Style/Soulfood - 601 S.Marshall Street - Lancaster PA 17602 (717) 390-9866 - (reviews)
Dan The Man Barbecue - Category: Barbecue - 30 W James St
Lancaster, PA 17603 (717) 397-3330 - (reviews)
T's Through Soul Food - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 539 Woodward Street, Lancaster, PA 17602-4455 (717) 509-8221
CITY VIDEO CONNECTION
Leroy Hopkins, a professor at Millersville, PA, University talks about African-American heritage in Lancaster PA.
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