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Overview

Introduction to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin county, is 38 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and 70 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland.

Chambersburg History

The Iroquois, Lenape and Shawnee tribes of Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. Benjamin Chambers and his brother arrived in 1730 and founded the community of Chambersburg. He established a saw mill and a grist mill in the region which was known as "Falling Spring" at that time. To protect against the Indians, residents formed a militia in 1748, and Benjamin Chambers became its colonel. Chambersburg was officially laid out in 1764 by Colonel Chambers, and was incorporated in 1803. Chambersburg played an important role in many battles of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and the American Civil War.

Chambersburg and Nearby Attractions

  • Rockhill Trolley Museum
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
  • Caledonia State Park

Things To Do In Chambersburg

Chambersburg offers easy access to several sites of historic interest, including the Eisenhower National Historic Site, Monocacy National Battlefield, Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, and Baker Mansion. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, where a canal was in operation from the 1820s to the 1920s, now features lockhouses, locks, and aqueducts. The towpath is presently used as a recreational trail. The Rockhill Trolley Museum displays numerous 19th and 20th century trolley cars. Visitors also have the opportunity to ride a demo railway in the museum. Among other popular destinations nearby are Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, Wildriver Waterpark, Lincoln Caverns, and Williams Grove Amusement Park. The community also hosts annual events like the Franklin County Fair, ChambersFest, and Apple Fest.

Chambersburg Transportation

Franklin County Regional Airport is the closest major airport.

Chambersburg Higher Education

Chambersburg is home to the Wilson College. Other colleges nearby include the Mount Saint Mary's College, Penn State Mont Alto, and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,640
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens17.8%
Employed Population 16+9,201
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married40.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.4%
Median Earnings25+$32,122
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,655
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,843

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,290
% Above Poverty Level80.9%
% Below Poverty Level19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work6%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$799
Median House Value$158,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.9%
Irish12.3%
English6.3%
Italian3.3%
Polish2%
West Indian1.7%
Haitian1.2%
Scottish1.1%
Swiss0.9%
French Except Basque0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Dutch0.9%
Danishn0.8%
German0.6%
Jamaican0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Slovak0.4%
Greek0.3%
US/American0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
African0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Czech0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Chambersburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Franklin County
Standard Zip Codes17201, 17202
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.93
Approximate Longitude-77.65

Chambersburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHAMBERSBURG 1 ESE
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip41.5 inches
StationMERCERSBURG 1 E
Distance14.6 miles
Jan Temp21 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 65 F
Jul Temp61 to 87 F
Oct Temp39 to 66 F
Annual Precip42.5 inches
StationBIGLERVILLE
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip44 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Greencastle4,034$67,782
Mercersburg1,493$56,167
Mont Alto1,765$66,397
Orrstown294$54,167
Shippensburg5,558$53,829
Waynesboro10,793$51,830

Chambersburg Public Libraries

Franklin Sys Admin Unit
101 RAGGED EDGE ROAD SOUTH
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
(717) 709-0282

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Chambersburg Hospitals

Chambersburg Hospital
(Non-profit)
112 North 7th Street
(717) 264-5171

Chambersburg Public Schools

Benjamin Chambers El Sch
481 North Franklin St
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3442
Primary
Total Enrollment 615
Buchanan El Sch
730 E Washington St
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3432
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Chambersburg Area Ms - North
1957 Scotland Ave
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3369
Middle
Total Enrollment 977
Chambersburg Area Ms - South
1151 E Mckinley St
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3385
Middle
Total Enrollment 1015
Chambersburg Area Shs
511 S 6th St
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3328
High
Total Enrollment 2117
Falling Spring El Sch
1006 Falling Spring Rd
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3440
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
Grandview El Sch
5538 Cumberland Hwy
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3446
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Guilford Hills El Sch
2105 Lincoln Way E
ZIP: 17201
(717) 352-2124
Primary
Total Enrollment 293
Hamilton Heights El Sch
1589 Johnson Rd
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3448
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
New Franklin El Sch
3584 Wayne Rd
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3454
Primary
Total Enrollment 231
New Franklin El Sch
3584 Wayne Rd
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3454
South Hamilton El Sch
1019 Warm Spring Rd
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3449
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
Stevens El Sch
800 Hollywell Ave
ZIP: 17201
(717) 261-3470
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Chambersburg Area Career Magnet Sch
2459 Loop Road
ZIP: 17202
(717) 261-5656
High
Total Enrollment 479
Franklin County Ctc
2463 Loop Rd
ZIP: 17202
(717) 263-9033
High
Scotland El Sch
3832 Scotland Main St
ZIP: 17202
(717) 261-3460
Primary
Total Enrollment 437

Chambersburg Private Schools

Corpus Christi School
305 N 2nd St
ZIP: 17201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 261
Cumberland Valley Christian School
600 Miller St
ZIP: 17201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 348
Nhs Human Services
2593 Philadelphia Ave
ZIP: 17201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
Calvary Mennonite School
559 Overcash Rd
ZIP: 17202
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 36
Emmanuel Christian School
2643 Apple Way
ZIP: 17202
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
Montessori Academy Of Chambersburg
875 Ragged Edge Rd
ZIP: 17202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 109
Portico River Brethren School
5501 Fort Mccord Rd
ZIP: 17202
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Shalom Christian Academy
126 Social Island Rd
ZIP: 17202
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 360
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