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Overview

Introduction to Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon county, is 21 miles N of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 71 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city is part of the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Lebanon History

The City of Lebanon was founded by George Steitz, in 1740, and was originally known as Steitztown. The town was established in 1753, and was incorporated as a borough on February 20, 1821. It was later incorporated as a city on November 25, 1885. It was named after the cedar trees which grow in the region. It was in Lebanon that Lebanon bologna, a type of smoked, fermented, semi-dry sausage, was made for the first time.

Lebanon and Nearby Attractions

  • Swatara State Park
  • Conrad Weiser Homestead
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Indian Echo Caverns
  • Memorial Lake State Park
  • Stoy Museum

Things To Do In Lebanon

The museums near Lebanon include Ephrata Cloister, Heritage Map Museum, Landis Valley Museum, and Hershey Museum. Conrad Weiser Homestead, Cornwall Iron Furnace and Milton S. Hershey Mansion are some of the historical sites nearby. Several parks are also located in the area like Gifford Pinchot State Park, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and Memorial Lake State Park. Other attractions include Hershey's Chocolate World, HersheyPark, and Indian Echo Caverns.

Lebanon Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is located nearby.

Lebanon Higher Education

Harrisburg Area Community College-Lebanon is the local college. Other colleges nearby include Elizabethtown College, Lebanon Valley College, and Penn State Harrisburg.

People

Total Population 25,555
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 10,370
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 32.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.7%
Median Earnings25+ $27,710
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,488
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,042

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,761
% Above Poverty Level 70.5%
% Below Poverty Level 29.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $666
Median House Value $88,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.2%
US/American 0%
English 2.4%
Irish 6.9%

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

Lebanon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles N of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 71 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Lebanon
Metro Area Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle
Standard Zip Codes 17042, 17046
Company Zip Codes 17091
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.34
Longitude -76.411

Lebanon 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 2.9 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 15.5 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 READING 4 NNW
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Avon Heights (17042)

Colebrook (17042)

Ebenezer (17042)

Flintville (17042)

Fontana (17042)

Heilmandale (17042)

Iona (17042)

Mount Wilson (17042)

North Lebanon (17042)

Rocherty (17042)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cleona 2,125 $67,434
Cornwall 4,177 $79,948
Jonestown 1,702 $69,000

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

Lebanon Public Libraries

Library
Lebanon Community Library
125 N SEVENTH ST
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
(717) 273-7624
Library Web Site

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Lebanon Hospitals

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
FOURTH AND WALNUT STREETS
(717) 270-7500
Emergency Service: Yes

Lebanon VA Medical Center
(VA)
1700 South Lincoln Avenue
(717) 272-6621 or (800) 409-8771
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Lebanon High Schools

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CEDAR CREST HS
717-272-2033
Serves 1,500 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

LEBANON SHS
717-273-9391
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,083 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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