Introduction to Steelton, Pennsylvania

Steelton, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin county, is 31 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 65 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town is considered part of the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan area. Steelton has a population of 5,858.

Steelton History

The area, which was originally settled in 1866, was known as "Baldwin" in honor of the founder of Baldwin Locomotive-Works, Matthew Baldwin. When a post office was established in 1871, the name was changed to "Steel Works" because there was already another town in Pennsylvania named Baldwin. However, this name led to further confusion as the post office was often mistaken for a steel plant. The community was christened "Steelton" in 1879 and was officially incorporated on January 19, 1880. At one point, the town was home to several brickyards, machine shops, and a flouring mill. The Pennsylvania Steel Company, which was later taken over by Bethlehem Steel Company, initiated its operations in Steelton in 1866. Over the years, many workers from Ireland, Germany, England, Italy, and Mexico joined the company and settled in Steelton.

Steelton and Nearby Attractions

  • State Museum of Pennsylvania
  • John Harris Mansion
  • Hershey Museum
  • Gifford Pinchot State Park
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park

Things To Do In Steelton

Artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the region's historical and cultural background are housed in the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, Historical Society Museum, and State Museum of Pennsylvania. Hershey Museum features exhibits reflecting the life of Pennsylvania's German residents. It also showcases the processes of chocolate making. The town is close to sites of historic importance like the Milton S. Hershey Mansion, Gates House & Plough Tavern, and John Harris Mansion. Recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, boating, biking, camping, horseback riding, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Gifford Pinchot State Park, Little Buffalo State Park, and Memorial Lake State Park. Other attractions include Hershey's Chocolate World, HersheyPark, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, and Williams Grove Amusement Park.

Steelton Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is nearby.

Steelton Higher Education

Colleges close to Steelton are Penn State Harrisburg, Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg, York College of Pennsylvania, and Elizabethtown College.


Total Population 5,956
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,233
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 32.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,806
% Above Poverty Level 75.2%
% Below Poverty Level 24.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 26.6%
Median Gross Rent $846
Median House Value $92,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.2%
US/American 0%
English 2.3%
Irish 10.5%

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

Steelton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland
County Dauphin
Metro Area Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle
Standard Zip Codes 17113
Phone Area Codes 717
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.235
Longitude -76.841

Steelton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 41.4 inches
Station LEBANON 2 W
Distance 20.9 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
Distance 23 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, Steelton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bressler (17113)

Oberlin (17113)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Harrisburg 49,232 $35,478
Highspire 2,249 $57,250
Lemoyne 4,614 $75,508

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

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Steelton High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 625 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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