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Welcome to Ephrata ...

Ephrata is located in Lancaster County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Ephrata has a population of 13,865 people<2> (see below for details).

Ephrata is 350 feet [107 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Ephrata lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Ephrata: (717)

We don't have a date for the establishment of Ephrata.

Websites for Ephrata ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Ephrata had an population of 13,865 people. This is an increase of 3.52% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 4.93% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ephrata had a population of 13,394 people. This makes Ephrata the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Ephrata represents 0.11% of the population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 48th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 13,394 people, the population of Ephrata increased 1.37% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 13,213 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Ephrata.

Communities Also Named Ephrata ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found another community named Ephrata - it's located in Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Ephrata.

Communities near Ephrata ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Ephrata.

  • Reading
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Wyomissing
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wyomissing
    • Wyomissing lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the northeast of Ephrata.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,605 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wyomissing have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wyomissing
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wyomissing<5>
  • Columbia
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbia
    • Columbia lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the southwest of Ephrata.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,295 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Columbia have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbia
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbia<5>
  • Lititz
  • Millersville
  • Mount Joy
  • New Holland
  • Shillington

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ephrata. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Ephrata.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ephrata. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ephrata.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ephrata. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Ephrata.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ephrata ...

Looking for more information about Ephrata? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Ephrata, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Ephrata.

Adding Ephrata to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Ephrata in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention that we've found for Ephrata was the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Ephrata on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Pennsylvania (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Ephrata.

The official website for Ephrata:

The official website for Lancaster County:

The official website for State of Pennsylvania:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Lancaster, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ephrata.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ephrata - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ephrata) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ephrata. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from EphrataOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ephrata. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1797, Longitude: -76.1788    
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




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