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Overview

Introduction to Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin county, is 25 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 67 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town, which is part of the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 12,771 residents.

Hershey History

Hershey, which is nicknamed "The Sweetest Place on Earth," was initially known as " Derry Church." In 1897, the "Homestead farm," the original home of the Hershey family, was purchased by Milton S. Hershey. He built his chocolate factory and developed the entire region as a planned community for his family and employees. Following the increasing popularity of Hershey's Chocolate, the community was renamed "Hershey" in 1906. Milton Hershey acted as the benevolent overseer of the town and built a school for orphaned children, golf courses, and gardens. The lights on the main street of Hershey are in the shape of candy kisses.

Hershey and Nearby Attractions

  • Hershey Museum of American Life
  • Antique Auto Museum at Hershey
  • Milton S. Hershey Mansion
  • Williams Grove Amusement Park
  • Hersheypark
  • ZooAmerica

Things To Do In Hershey

Numerous museums and historic sites are located in Hershey. The Derry Township Historical Society Museum houses artifacts and photographs which reflect the history of the township. Hershey Museum features exhibits on the chocolate-making process, as well as the life of German immigrants in the region. Hershey's Chocolate World, the town's visitor center, includes the Hershey Trolley Works, the Really Big 3-D show, Factory Works Experience, shops and restaurants, and a free Chocolate Tour ride. Hershey is also home to a number of golf courses like the Hershey Park Golf Course, Hershey Country Club's West Course, Hershey Juvenile Course, Hershey Country Club's East Course, and Hotel Hershey Course. The 23-acre Hershey Gardens has more than 7,000 roses and seasonal flowers on display. Hersheypark, and the adjacent ZooAmerica are among other popular attractions in the area.

Hershey Transportation

The closest major airport is Harrisburg International Airport.

Hershey Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is located in Hershey. Nearby colleges include Elizabethtown College, Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg, and Lebanon Valley College.

People

Total Population 14,469
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,021
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $89,063
% Above Poverty Level 80%
% Below Poverty Level 20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $886
Median House Value $238,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 15.8%

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

Hershey Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland
County Dauphin
Metro Area Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle
Standard Zip Codes 17033
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.285
Longitude -76.65

Hershey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LEBANON 2 W
Distance 10.2 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
Station LANDISVILLE 2 NW
Distance 16.4 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 NEWPORT RIVER
Distance 28.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bachmanville (17033)

Derry Church (17033)

Palmdale (17033)

Sandbeach (17033)

Union Deposit (17033)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Highspire 2,249 $57,250
Hummelstown 4,555 $66,268

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

Hershey Public Libraries

Library
Hershey Public Library
701 COCOA AVE.
Hershey, Pennsylvania
(717) 533-6555
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Hershey Hospitals

MILTON S HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
500 UNIVERSITY DRIVE
(717) 531-8521
Emergency Service: Yes

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717-531-2244
Serves 1,125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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