Red Lion, York County, Pennsylvania

Red Lion, York County, Pennsylvania

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Red Lion
settlement_type = Borough
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Pennsylvania
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = York
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Robert Frutiger
leader_title1 = Council President
leader_name1 = Jeffery Herrman
established_title = Settled
established_date = 1852
established_title1 = Incorporated
established_date1 = 1880
named_for = Red Lion Tavern
population_total = 6149
population_as_of = 2000 census
population_density_sq_mi = 4789.9
area_total_sq_mi = 1.28
area_land_sq_mi = 1.28
elevation_ft = 921
latd = 39
latm = 54
lats = 3
latNS = N
longd = 76
longm = 36
longs = 21
longEW = W
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 17356
area_code = 717
website =

pushpin_label_position = left
pushpin_map_caption = Location within the state of Pennsylvania|

Red Lion is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania, settled in 1852 and incorporated in 1880. The population was 6,149 at the 2000 census.


Red Lion is located at coor dms|39|53|56|N|76|36|23|W|city (39.898800, -76.606491)GR|1, about 35 miles southeast of Harrisburg. [ CNN: Red Lion Area Junior High School Shooting] ]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 6,149 people, 2,575 households, and 1,645 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,789.9 people per square mile (1,854.8/km²). There were 2,729 housing units at an average density of 2,125.8/sq mi (823.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.12% White, 0.60% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 2,575 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,828, and the median income for a family was $41,850. Males had a median income of $31,595 versus $21,934 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,723. About 6.1% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

chool shooting

On April 24, 2003, at the Red Lion Junior High School in Red Lion, James Sheets, killed the principal of the school, Eugene Segro, before killing himself.

Historic Facts

Red Lion, settled in 1852, was named after one of the first pubs in town, the Red Lion Tavern.

Red Lion was once famous for the many brands of cigars made in the town. In fact, it was the cigar making capital of the world, producing millions of cigars per month. To this day, in the annual New Year celebration, the town raises a giant cigar instead of dropping a ball.

Due to the tobacco industry, Red Lion once contained the most millionaires per capita of any town in the United States (a distinction it has since lost).

Red Lion was also known nationwide for its furniture industry, with several large factories producing ornate, hand crafted furniture for over 100 years. The furniture industry has mostly shifted to kitchen cabinet production and retail store fixtures over the last 40 years.

Several homes in the area were also used as part of the underground railroad, as Southern York county had many Southern sympathizers during the Civil War.

Red Lion was a main stop along the old Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad — known locally as the Ma&Pa Railroad. That railroad ran from York County to Baltimore, MD.

Local Venues

Red Lion is home to an extensive array of local underground bands and independent local artists.

Red Lion also had a fully functional opera house and a downtown movie theater until the mid 1960's. The opera house has since been converted to housing, and the movie theater has been torn down in favor of downtown parking.


External links

* [ Red Lion Official Website]

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