Lancaster is a city in South Central Pennsylvania, that serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and is one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. It ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities. The Lancaster metropolitan area is the second-largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area.
Lancaster City has seen a growth of speciality shops, boutiques, bars, clubs, and reinvestment in downtown institutions and locations. The creation of "Gallery Row" solidified the status of Lancaster as an arts destination. The art community continues to thrive and expand. The Northwest Corridor will be developed with funds from Lancaster General Hospital. The hospital plans to create a mixed-use development which will add several city blocks to Lancaster's grid.
Burle Business Park is the city's only commercial and industrial park. Devoted to adaptive re-use, this facility originally opened as a U.S. Navy electronics research, development and manufacturing plant that was operated by RCA. Burle Business Park was originally occupied by Burle Industries, the successor company to the RCA New Products Division following acquisition by General Electric Company (GE). Burle Industries is a major manufacturer of vacuum tube products, including photomultiplier tubes, power tubes, and imaging tubes. and is the largest U.S. manufacturer of photomultiplier tubes.
In addition to Lancaster's boutiques, vintage shops, and art galleries (Gallery Row), Park City Center is the largest enclosed shopping centre in South Central Pennsylvania. The mall includes more than 150 stores and is anchored by Boscov's, JCPenney, and Kohl's. Park City opened in September 1971.
Built in 1889, the Lancaster Central Market is the oldest continuously operated farmers market in the United States, and many tourists come to purchase the handmade Amish goods that are not commonly found elsewhere. Central Market is listed with the National Register of Historic Places, and its towers are of the Romanesque Revival style. Lancaster also has two outlet shopping centres, both of which are located in East Lampeter Township on U.S. Route 30. Tanger Outlets is home to about 65 stores. Rockvale Outlets contains over 100 stores and restaurants. Among the top employers in the city are: Lancaster General Hospital, Dart Container, County of Lancaster, Nordstrom, Inc., Masonic Villages, School District of Lancaster, LSC Communications.
Lancaster has a population of over 59,322 people. Lancaster also forms part of the wider Lancaster metropolitan area which has a population of over 507,766 people.