Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Hershey, Pennsylvania

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.

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High Points

Hershey strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 6% Hershey College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 6% Hershey Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Hershey Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 10% Hershey Well-Paid Single Men
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Hershey Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 13% Hershey Short Commute Times
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 14% Hershey Racial Diversity
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 15% Hershey People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Hershey, Pennsylvania

Comparing Hershey to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 10
Racial Diversity 5 9
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 6
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 8 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 9
People Above Poverty 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 9 10
Short Commute Times 8 9
Public Transportation Use 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
People Living Alone 9 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Housing Recently Built 6 10
Affordability of Rents 4 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1

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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

  • 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
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
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
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Hershey Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,771 100%
Male 5,916 46.3%
Female 6,855 53.7%
Under 18 2,597 20.3%
18+ 10,174 79.7%
65+ 3,007 23.5%
Median Age 41.8
Average Family Size 2.86
White 11,631 91.1%
African-American 271 2.1%
Asian 622 4.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 62 0.5%
Mixed Race 176 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 198 1.6%

Hershey Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 30.8%
Italian 13.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.3%
English 8.7%
Irish 8.1%
Polish 4.1%
US/American 3.9%
Scottish 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
Welsh 1.6%
Russian 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Dutch 1.1%
Hungarian 1%
European 1%
Ukrainian 0.9%
Danish 0.8%
Swiss 0.8%
Pennsylvania German 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Croatian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
British 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Hershey 12,771 $63,385
Highspire 2,720 $40,398
Hummelstown 4,360 $50,572
Middletown 9,242 $43,661
Palmyra 7,096 $49,091
Paxtang 1,570 $54,412
Royalton 963 $44,821

Hershey Public Libraries

Hershey Public Library
Hershey, Pennsylvania
(717) 533-6555
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Hershey Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(717) 531-8521
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Hershey

(As of 2005)
Penn State Hershey Medical Ctr Main
600 Centerview Dr
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