Mundane in Mechanicsburg
I grew up in Allentown PA and moved to Mechanicsburg in 2000 when attempting to reconcile with my ex-wife. My son had just started kindergarten and I found a good job so I stayed in the area. So for the last 13 years I've been a single dad content with being in a dull area for the sake of my son. But now that he's about to graduate, we're excited to finally leave.
As always, it depends on what age and lifestyle people are accustomed to when choosing to relocate to a specific area. In Mechanicsburg you have a stable and growing economy especially with the state capital nearby as well as being close to many large cities. You have your fair share of malls and chain restaurants, but nothing exceptional. Plenty of parks and libraries as well. The schools are good and the crime rate is low, so it's a nice place to raise a family - safe, albeit boring.
Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of culture or nightlife unless you want to travel to Baltimore or Philly. You could go into nearby Harrisburg, but with the city filing for bankruptcy in 2011, don't expect much. You can hit the bars along 2nd street, catch a minor league baseball game or visit the Civil War museum, but not much else. My fondest memories are taking my son to the IMAX and science center downtown or playing mini golf on City Island and watching the fireworks on the 4th of July along the river - but now that he's older, we typically leave the area for fun.
So overall Mechanicsburg isn't all that bad for a sleepy little town, but we've outgrown it and are looking to relocate in Florida. I've been to Miami, Orlando and the Tampa St. Pete area but still need to visit the east coast in December before we make our move. Thanks for reading my review, hope it helped...
Michael | Palm Harbor, FL