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Overview

Introduction to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland county, is 44 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and 70 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland. The town is included in the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 5,586 people lived in Shippensburg.

Shippensburg History

A group of Scots-Irish families arrived in the area in July of 1730, and constructed cabin homes. The community grew as the colonial settlement's western outpost. Edward Shippen, who received a land patent from William Penn's family, is believed to have founded the town of Shippensburg and the community is named in his honor. It is considered to be Cumberland Valley's oldest community. The Widow Piper's Tavern was built in Shippensburg by Samuel Perry in 1735 and became home to the first Cumberland County Courts. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the area had a number of engine and pump works, furniture factories, and other industrial works. On January 21, 1819, Shippensburg was officially incorporated as a borough. A Normal School, which was founded in 1871 in Shippensburg, is now known as the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Shippensburg and Nearby Attractions

  • Eisenhower National Historic Site
  • National Apple Museum
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park
  • Cylburn Arboretum

Things To Do In Shippensburg

Shippensburg is near the National Apple Museum which includes a recreated farm kitchen of the 1880s, and early orchard photographs. It also features exhibits depicting the early traditions of picking, packing, and shipping of apples. Eisenhower National Historic Site, and Gettysburg National Military Park are some of the historic sites in the area. Parks like Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Big Spring State Park, Caledonia State Park, and Fowlers Hollow State Park offer recreational facilities for hiking, boating, camping, swimming, and picnicking. Another popular place to visit is the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo which has a 35-acre zoo surrounded by woodland. The community also hosts the Shippensburg Community Fair, and the Corn Festival every year. The Shippensburg Community Fair features agricultural exhibits, food vendors, a craft show, and carnival rides, while the Corn Festival has stands operated by regional artists and vendors.

Shippensburg Transportation

Air transportation is available from Harrisburg International Airport.

Shippensburg Higher Education

Shippensburg is home to the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Wilson College, Dickinson College, and Penn State Mont Alto are the other colleges nearby.

People

Total Population 5,479
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,694
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 29.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.9%
Median Earnings25+ $25,242
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,790
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,218

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,972
% Above Poverty Level 72%
% Below Poverty Level 28%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 40.3%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $150,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 17.4%

Shippensburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland
County Cumberland
Metro Area Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle
Standard Zip Codes 17257
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.05
Longitude -77.52

Shippensburg 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 SHIPPENSBURG
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Station CHAMBERSBURG 1 ESE
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches
Station BIGLERVILLE
Distance 16.5 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, Shippensburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cleversburg (17257)

Mainsville (17257)

Middle Spring (17257)

Mongul (17257)

Mowersville (17257)

Pinola (17257)

Stoughstown (17257)

Tusculam (17257)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arendtsville 994 $53,750
Chambersburg 20,430 $48,010

Shippensburg Public Libraries

Library
Shippensburg Public Library
73 WEST KING ST
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
(717) 532-4508
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717-530-2730
Serves 1,035 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

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