QUALITY OF LIFE
In the valley...
The Lebanon Valley provides a delightful blend of community and commerce. It offers that balance of lifestyles so many people seek, but so few find: the ideal blend of urban and rural benefits. Cultural and entertainment opportunities are here in abundance, the commercial sector is strong, diverse and growing, and professional services are readily available. Yet, at the same time, the area’s predominant flavor is rural and free of many of the problems typically associated with more metropolitan centers.
Lebanon is part of “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” noted for its pastoral landscapes and rich heritage. Although the county’s residents today have a much wider variety of ethnic heritages, they still have retained the solid work ethic of the original Germanic settlers.
Lebanon residents enjoy a variety of entertainment and cultural activities, such as the Hershey Theatre, which features the Hershey Symphony and off-Broadway tours, the Mount Gretna outdoor theatre, music festivals and art shows, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Quentin Riding Club horse shows, Hersheypark Stadium, the newly constructed Giant Center, annual arts festivals throughout the county, and many other community events.
Lebanon County is also home to one of the few remaining single-screen movie theatres still in operation, the Allen Theatre, in the town of Annville. Lebanon Valley College, also located in Annville, hosts a variety of cultural and entertainment events throughout the year.
Six public school systems and a vocational facility, many consistently rated among the best in the State and Nation, educate our children. Over 20 private schools provide additional choices for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Lebanon County Career and Technology Center, recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s finest, provides training in a wide range of skills. The administration and faculty work closely with local employers to develop custom-designed programs to fill specific needs.
Lebanon Valley College and Harrisburg Area Community College, both located here, have been rated among the top 25 schools of their type in the nation. A number of other prestigious colleges and universities are also situated within an easy drive of the Valley, including: Franklin and Marshall, Elizabethtown, York, Penn State University (Harrisburg and Berks Campuses), Dickinson, Lehigh, Temple, Susquehanna, Millersville and Muhlenberg.
There are also 7 public libraries located in the County. Available housing in the Lebanon Valley ranges from beautiful historic buildings to modern suburban homes.
Lebanon is home to the Good Samaritan Hospital and is only a short drive from the Hershey Medical Center.