Development Trends in York County


York County was officially established in 1749 when it separated from Lancaster County.

In 1800, York and Adam Counties split, York population 25,643.

During the 19th Century, York County's population more than tripled.

By 1900, almost 30% of the County resided in York City (116,413 pop.).

Over the last 90 years, our population has migrated to outside the City of York. Today only 12.4% of the county population resides in the City.

In the last 50 years, the County has lost over 200,000 acres of farmland.

Between 1980 and 1990 more land was lost in one decade than in the previous 200 years of the County's existence.

2010 Census records York County population of 434,972 on 911 square miles or 478 persons per square mile.

PA Ag Statistics Service records York with 192,000 acres of planted crop and hay lands, or 32.9% of the County in active agricultural production.

As land consumption per person increases so to the urban/rural conflicts, making commercial agriculture production a growing challenge for farmers, esp. our livestock operators.