Lancaster County has enjoyed a steady growth pattern for four decades. Since the 2000 census, Lancaster County’s population has increased 7.9%. The latest population estimate puts Lancaster County’s population at 507,766 ranking the county as the sixth largest in Pennsylvania.
The Lancaster Metropolitan Area is made up entirely of Lancaster County. Prior to the latest increase, Metropolitan Lancaster was the 101st largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city of Lancaster, population 56,348 (2000 census), is the eight largest city in Pennsylvania.
The new 19 story Marriott Hotel, site of the former Watt & Shand Department store, enhances the skyline.