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Ephrata is a borough in Lancaster County, in the Lancaster metro area.
The community was named for the biblical city.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Pennsylvania named Ephrata. For links to other places called Ephrata, PA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Ephrata is 40.179N. The longitude is -76.179W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 361 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 13,158.
Once a center for cattle and horse-trading
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43% of Ephrata residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ephrata ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ephrata was $19,659, compared with $21,587 nationally.
14% of Ephrata residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Ephrata, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $442. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $961.
Libraries in Ephrata include Ephrata Public Library ... View libraries
Lancaster County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ephrata political report.
The average commute time for Ephrata workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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