The Coalition to Combat Poverty launched a campaign to reduce poverty in Lancaster County by half by 2032, aligning with several community plans. The Lancaster City Alliance's "Building on Strength" strategic plan outlines bold goals and a collective impact partnership. The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce also publishes prosperity indicators. Here's how these plans are aligning with Lancaster City's goals. And if you're wondering, yes, Lancaster City has a great economy.
ACORN's profile of local households classifies residents into 18 groups, with the Countryside Communities group dominating the rural areas of Lancashire. Meanwhile, the Mature Money group dominates the larger villages, the Scotforth East ward, and the four urban wards of Lancaster City. Although Lancashire has more diversity than other local authorities, its three dominant groups are Mature Money, Steady Neighborhoods, and Young Hardship.
The city has a vibrant arts community, including an arts district known as Gallery Row. Nearby North Prince Street, more than 40 art galleries host the First Friday art walk, an event that stretches business hours in Lancaster and extends the hours of many of these galleries. During this event, the public is invited to visit these galleries and enjoy the art. The city has a vibrant downtown arts district. There is even a theater on the downtown square, the Fulton Opera House.
While the population of Lancaster City has increased in recent decades, it declined during the 1950s through the 1980s. But recent revitalization efforts have put the city on an upward trajectory. In the 2010 census, the population was over 59,000, which is slightly below its historical average. If revitalization efforts continue, the city's population is likely to see significant growth in the coming years. But if the past is any guide, Lancaster's future is uncertain.