Introduction to Hanover, Pennsylvania

Hanover, Pennsylvania is 34 miles NW of Towson, Maryland (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland. The town, which is located in York county, is part of the York metro area, and has a population of 14,535.

Hanover History

In 1727, an Irish noble man, John Digges, purchased land which included the area known as Hanover. At that time, the area was called Digges Choice. A group of Catholics initiated a settlement in 1730, that was known as the Conewego Settlement. Hanover was settled in 1730, when settlers from Pennsylvania and Maryland arrived. The community, which was named after a city in Germany, was the venue of a Civil War battle in 1863. Hanover was incorporated in 1815.

Hanover and Nearby Attractions

  • Codorus State Park
  • Faloon's Family Fun Center
  • Lincoln Speedway
  • National Apple Museum
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Indian Echo Caverns

Things To Do In Hanover

There are several attractions and places of interest near Hanover. Some of the popular destinations are Hershey Park, Williams Grove Amusement Park, Cylburn Arboretum, and the National Aquarium. Places of historic interest include Gates House & Plough Tavern and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Activities like fishing, boating, swimming, and horseback riding may be enjoyed at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Museums such as the National Apple Museum, the Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, and the National Watch and Clock Museum may also be visited.

Hanover Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Hanover Higher Education

The closest colleges to Hanover include York College of Pennsylvania, Mount Saint Mary's College, Gettysburg College, and Carroll Community College.


Total Population 15,403
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,360
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,144
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,007
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,116


Median Family Income $58,383
% Above Poverty Level 82.8%
% Below Poverty Level 17.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $771
Median House Value $153,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.5%
Irish 12.9%

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

Hanover Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NW of Towson, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland
County York
Metro Area York
Standard Zip Codes 17331
Company Zip Codes 17332, 17333, 17334
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.8
Longitude -76.983

Hanover Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.2 inches
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 44 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Baresville (17331)

Bowman Addition (17331)

Brushtown (17331)

Edgegrove (17331)

Fairview Drive (17331)

Gitts Run (17331)

Gnatstown (17331)

Grangeville (17331)

Green Springs (17331)

Hershey Heights (17331)

Hobart (17331)

Jacobs Mills (17331)

Moulstown (17331)

Park Heights (17331)

Park Hills (17331)

Shorbes Hill (17331)

York Road (17331)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Abbottstown 943 $58,438
East Berlin 1,418 $70,938
Littlestown 4,442 $62,560
McSherrystown 3,049 $54,594

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

Hanover Public Libraries

Hanover Public Library
Hanover, Pennsylvania
(717) 632-5183
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Hanover Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(717) 637-3711
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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