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) is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States (along with Hartford, Connecticut; Springfield, Massachusetts; Petersburg, Virginia; Albany, New York; Schenectady, New York, and several other early settlements).
The city's primary industries include healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services.
The Fulton Opera House in the city was named for Lancaster native Robert Fulton, a renaissance man who created the first fully functional steamboat.
All of these individuals have had local schools named after them.
After the American Revolution, the city of Lancaster became an iron-foundry center.
Two of the most common products needed by pioneers to settle the Frontier were manufactured in Lancaster: the Conestoga wagon and the Pennsylvania long rifle.
Lancaster hosts more electronic public CCTV outdoor cameras per capita than cities such as Boston or San Francisco, despite controversy among residents.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19 km As of the 2010 census, the city was 55.2% White, 16.3% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, and 5.8% were two or more races.
The largest ethnic groups in Lancaster as of recent estimates are: In 2010, 29.2% of Lancaster residents were of Puerto Rican ancestry.
The city has the second highest concentration of Puerto Ricans in Pennsylvania after Reading.
39.3% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
of 2000, there were 56,348 people, 20,933 households, and 12,162 families residing in the city.
The Conestoga wagon was named after the Conestoga River, which runs through the city.