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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Lancaster County Pennsylvania
US county information
NameLancaster County
Largest cityLancaster
US Area
Total Area984 sq mi (2548.6 km2)
Land Area949 sq mi (2457.9 km2)
Water Area35 sq mi (90.7 km2)
Population519445 (2010)
Density211.3/km2 (547.3/sq mi)
FoundedMay 10, 1729

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Lancaster County, known as the Garden Spot of America or Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is a county located in the southeastern part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the United States. As of 2010 the population was 519,445. Lancaster County forms the Lancaster Metropolitan Statistical Area, the 99th largest of 361 MSAs in the U.S. The city of Lancaster is the county seat.

Locally, Lancaster is pronounced -enˈlæŋkɨstər , unlike the city in England for which it was named.

Lancaster County is a popular tourist destination, due mostly to the many plain sect residents, known as the Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch. The term Pennsylvania Dutch comes from the earlier use of Dutch to apply to all immigrants from Europe speaking German. They are the descendants of Germans (Deutsch) who immigrated in the 18th and 19th centuries for the freedom of religion offered by William Penn, and were attracted by the rich soil and mild climate of the area. Freedom from poverty and political uncertainty also was a major factor. Also attracted to promises of religious freedom, French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution with significant numbers of English, Welsh and Scotch-Irish settled this area in 1710.

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