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York refers to both York County and the city of York (approximately in the center of the county) in the South Central part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (About PA), a mid-Atlantic state in the United States of America. (maps of the area)
York County is in the Susquehanna Valley is bordered on the east by the Susquehanna River. Cumberland County and Dauphin County are to the north, Lancaster County to the east, and Adams County to the west and, across the Mason-Dixon line, from west to east, Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties in Maryland.
Interstate I-83 runs north and south through the county. It starts in Harrisburg (the state capital) and ends in the city of Baltimore at the beautiful Inner Harbor. The Pennsylvania Turnpike (Exit 18) intersects I-83 north of York. York is on the Lincoln Highway (Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor) which is today US Route 30. Route 30 cuts across the middle of the county; going east takes you to Lancaster County, the city of Lancaster and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and west to Gettysburg (Adams County).
York City is 20 miles southwest of the infamous Three Mile Island, 30 miles southwest of Hershey home of Hershey's Chocolate's and Hershey Park and ChocolateWorld, 15 miles north of the Mason-Dixon line, 100 miles west of Philadelphia, and 220 miles east of Pittsburgh, 100 miles north of Washington, DC, 767 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, 749 miles northeast of Huntsville, Alabama , and 456 miles southwest of the Adirondack Mountains and beautiful Lake Champlain.
According to 2000 Census data, York County has about 381,751 residents . The City of York has about 40,862 residents. Both people from the city of York and the close townships say they are from York. Others say they are from York County or the name of their respective borough or townships. York's economy at a glance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Due to the location of York County, the direction of the major highways, (US30, I-83, and Route 74) and the Susquehanna River presenting a geographic barrier to the east, different parts of the county associate with different cities. The northern part of the county tends to look toward Harrisburg. (In fact the two school districts in the north are not in York Area Sports Leagues). The southern part of the county tends to associate with Baltimore (only 30 miles away) and Maryland with many residents commuting to jobs in Maryland. Since Adams County is relatively sparsely populated, many people in the eastern part of the county come to York to shop or travel south to Maryland. Since the two major bridges over the Susquehanna are in Wrightsville, people there have easy access to Lancaster County.
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