Introduction to Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster county, is 17 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 58 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town, which benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Lancaster metropolitan area, has a population of approximately 11,887.

Elizabethtown History

Thomas Harris, who was the first settler to purchase land in Elizabethtown in 1730, established a trading post which eventually became Bear Tavern. In 1753, this was bought by Barnabas and Elizabeth Hughes, who were originally from County Donegal, Ireland. Hughes laid out the community and christened it "Elizabethtown" after his wife. It was officially incorporated on April 13, 1827. The early settlers were primarily Scots-Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch. The first railroad arrived in the 1830s. Until the early 20th century, it was primarily a rural community, however, post World War II, Elizabethtown experienced significant development and several businesses were established in the area.

Elizabethtown and Nearby Attractions

  • Gates House & Plough Tavern
  • Fulton Opera House
  • North Museum of Natural History & Science
  • Hershey Museum
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Memorial Lake State Park

Things To Do In Elizabethtown

Artifacts reflecting the area's historical and cultural heritage are displayed at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, North Museum of Natural History & Science, North Museum of Natural History & Science, Heritage Center of Lancaster County, and Lancaster Museum of Art. Fulton Opera House dates back to the 1850s, and is one of the oldest theaters in the nation. Cornwall Iron Furnace, which was in operation from 1742 to 1883, is now a preserved iron-making complex. Elizabethtown is home to the Hickory Lane Park, and Community Park, both of which offer various recreational facilities including playgrounds and baseball fields. The town also offers easy access to Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World, which are two other popular destinations. Residents celebrate annual events such as the Elizabethtown Fair, Holiday Parade, Arts in the Park, and the Memorial Day parade.

Elizabethtown Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is the closest major airport.

Elizabethtown Higher Education

The town is home to the Elizabethtown College. Penn State Harrisburg, Lebanon Valley College, and Millersville University are located nearby.


Total Population 11,591
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,847
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 41.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.8%
Median Earnings25+ $37,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,181
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,355


Median Family Income $66,114
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 28.1%
Median Gross Rent $823
Median House Value $165,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 9.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Elizabethtown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland
County Lancaster
Metro Area Lancaster
Standard Zip Codes 17022
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.152
Longitude -76.603

Elizabethtown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Station LEBANON 2 W
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Elizabethtown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Aberdeen (17022)

Bellaire (17022)

Deodate (17022)

Etown (17022)

West Donegal (17022)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Goldsboro 1,003 $73,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Elizabethtown Public Libraries

Elizabethtown Public Library
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
(717) 367-7467
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Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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