Ephrata is a quaint, affordable town located in Eastern Pennsylvania. Ephrata’s small town charm comes from nearby natural areas, local breweries, and a year-round farmers market. Active adults who seek more extensive shopping and entertainment options can take a trip to Lancaster, located just half an hour away.
Climate & Geography
The climate in Ephrata is humid continental, with warm summers and cold winters. The area experiences all four seasons, and receives slightly more rainfall than the national average.
Ephrata is located on hilly land northeast of Lancaster. Middle Creek runs through Ephrata.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents can find a quiet place to take a stroll in Ephrata at Ephrata Linear Park. Located on a former railroad bed, the park features a trail that extends through the city. Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, located nearby, offers more extensive hiking trails in an expansive outdoor area.
The Green Dragon Farmer’s Market, open year round every Friday, is a popular place for locals to get their shopping done. The market offers fresh produce, meats and cheeses, and even clothing. The city also features plenty of antique shops where residents can find a variety of treasures. Active adults looking to unwind can visit one of Ephrata’s many breweries for a drink, or enjoy a meal among friends at a local restaurant.
Those interested in exploring a larger city can visit Lancaster, located roughly half an hour away from Ephrata.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Ephrata is below the national average. This is mainly due to the lower cost of housing in Ephrata, although transportation costs are also below the national average.
The state of Pennsylvania does not tax Social Security, but property taxes are higher than the national average.
The Lancaster Area scores extremely high on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 8 communities in the United States.
Ephrata residents will find that there are several hospitals nearby. WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital is located within Ephrata, and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital is located in Lancaster. Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital is ranked the No. 7 hospital in the state by U.S. News, and is nationally ranked in one specialty, and rated high performing in three specialties and seven procedures and conditions. UPMC Lititz is located nearby in Lititz.