Living in Cumberland Valley
Cumberland Valley's 33 townships and boroughs combine the best of rural landscapes and thriving downtowns, surrounded by delightful views and scenic mountain vistas. Easily accessible from several major highways -- including I-81, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), I-83, and US 11/15 -- and within a two-hour drive of three airports (Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Baltimore), Cumberland Valley's location in south-central Pennsylvania is affordable compared to major cities but offers the amenities and sophistication that new residents will appreciate.
While Cumberland Valley's main thoroughfares are easy to navigate, residents often travel the scenic backroads. Whatever route you choose, the Valley's amenities and nearby attractions are never far from your doorstep.
Facts & Figures
- The county is governed by an elected three-person Board of Commissioners.
- The 2020 population was 259,469, a 10% increase since 2010, making it the fastest-growing county in the state.
- On average, it is 75% more expensive to live in a city like New York than in Cumberland Valley. Also, according to the PA Department of Labor & Industry, the cost of living in the south-central PA region is almost 5% below the national average.
- A recent analysis by the Independent Fiscal Office shows that Cumberland County has the lowest property tax burden in the surrounding region and the 40th lowest in the state (out of a total of 67 counties).
Over the years, Cumberland Valley has received numerous accolades recognizing its high quality of life. Here are a few highlights.
- SmartAsset ranked Mechanicsburg as #5 among Pennsylvania's best places to retire.
- Carlisle was voted #4 in USA Today's 10 Best Historic Small Towns.
- Carlise was among ten communities across the country to receive a 2021 All-America City Award from the National Civic League.
- More than 55% of small businesses in downtown Camp Hill are women-owned.
- The Harrisburg-Carlisle area was ranked #9 by Think Advisor in the 15 Best Cities for Millenial Homebuyers in 2021.
- Cumberland County is ranked one of the healthiest counties in the state based on health outcomes and health factors.
- Livability ranked Carlisle in the "5 Best Cities for Green Living" in PA.
More Area Information
The resources below provide helpful area information.
The yearly Welcome to Cumberland Valley guide published by The Sentinel, Cumberland Valley's local independent newspaper, includes governing bodies across the county, with address, website, school district, and real estate tax information for boroughs and townships; school districts throughout the county, including enrollment and tax rate; higher education opportunities, including enrollment and tuition; private schools; urgent care centers; police and EMS; and more.
The Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce's online directory includes extensive relocation information.
Access the Cumberland County site to learn more about local government services.