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About Lancaster County

Although famous for its Amish population and tranquil farms, streams and low mountain panoramas, Lancaster County has much more to offer. The area brings together a blend of urban, suburban and rural, past and future, and a broad array of lifestyles.

According to the 2000 Census statistics, Lancaster County is one of the largest counties in Pennsylvania. Less than 8% of the county population lives at or below the poverty line - the lowest in the state. The population is also ethnically diverse. Ethnic groups represented in the county include Caucasian, Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Native American. Lancaster County has the third largest Hispanic population in Pennsylvania.

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Lancaster County has many features to offers its family practice residents, friends and family that include good primary and secondary schools. Cultural opportunities abound at the Fulton Opera House, Lancaster Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Music, Lancaster Opera Company, art galleries, dance companies, theatre companies and special events throughout the year. Higher education institutions include Franklin & Marshall College, Elizabethtown College, Millersville University, Stevens College of Technology, the Lancaster Institute for Health Education (part of Lancaster General), Harrisburg Area Community College and the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design.

H.M. Musser ParkA few of the local attractions include:
  • Weekly free outdoor concerts at Longs Park during the summer
  • World's Largest Chicken BBQ annually in Lancaster
  • Longs Park Arts and Crafts Festival in September (ranked #1 in NE)
  • 5K Race Against Racism held annually in April
  • 5-mile Red Rose Run usually held in May
  • Central Market in downtown Lancaster, the country's oldest continuously operating farmer's market
  • H.M. Musser Park, located a block away from the Cleft Palate Clinic

Other Lancaster Information:

For questions or more information about the Lancaster General Dental General Practice Residency, please contact Dr. Kevin Risko, DMD, Program Director.