The Lancaster, Pa., Puzzle : Planet Money A heavily rural county with a big manufacturing base and a low share of college graduates has found a way to thrive.
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The Lancaster, Pa., Puzzle

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The Lancaster, Pa., Puzzle

The Lancaster, Pa., Puzzle

The Lancaster, Pa., Puzzle

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LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES - 2014/10/14: The headquarters of LancasterHistory.org including the Museum Store, Library and Research Resources, and Exhibit Galleries. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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The Indicator team visited Lancaster County, Pa., a couple of months ago, because it represents an economic puzzle. It's a heavily rural county with a lot of manufacturing jobs and a low share of college-educated workers. These are economic traits that have devastated the economies of other, similar counties, including a lot of other Pennsylvania counties.

And yet, Lancaster County is doing great. Why is that? What makes its economy special? To find out, we took a drive through the county with an economist who lives there — one who happens to specialize in the very trends that have kept its economy resilient.

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