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Overview

Introduction to Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster county, is 17 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 58 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town, which benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Lancaster metropolitan area, has a population of approximately 11,887.

Elizabethtown History

Thomas Harris, who was the first settler to purchase land in Elizabethtown in 1730, established a trading post which eventually became Bear Tavern. In 1753, this was bought by Barnabas and Elizabeth Hughes, who were originally from County Donegal, Ireland. Hughes laid out the community and christened it "Elizabethtown" after his wife. It was officially incorporated on April 13, 1827. The early settlers were primarily Scots-Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch. The first railroad arrived in the 1830s. Until the early 20th century, it was primarily a rural community, however, post World War II, Elizabethtown experienced significant development and several businesses were established in the area.

Elizabethtown and Nearby Attractions

  • Gates House & Plough Tavern
  • Fulton Opera House
  • North Museum of Natural History & Science
  • Hershey Museum
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Memorial Lake State Park

Things To Do In Elizabethtown

Artifacts reflecting the area's historical and cultural heritage are displayed at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, North Museum of Natural History & Science, North Museum of Natural History & Science, Heritage Center of Lancaster County, and Lancaster Museum of Art. Fulton Opera House dates back to the 1850s, and is one of the oldest theaters in the nation. Cornwall Iron Furnace, which was in operation from 1742 to 1883, is now a preserved iron-making complex. Elizabethtown is home to the Hickory Lane Park, and Community Park, both of which offer various recreational facilities including playgrounds and baseball fields. The town also offers easy access to Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World, which are two other popular destinations. Residents celebrate annual events such as the Elizabethtown Fair, Holiday Parade, Arts in the Park, and the Memorial Day parade.

Elizabethtown Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is the closest major airport.

Elizabethtown Higher Education

The town is home to the Elizabethtown College. Penn State Harrisburg, Lebanon Valley College, and Millersville University are located nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,598
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+5,879
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married42.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.8%
Median Earnings25+$39,469
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,221

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,128
% Above Poverty Level90.8%
% Below Poverty Level9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work10.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone23.1%
Median Gross Rent$850
Median House Value$162,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.7%
Irish10.8%
English6.2%
Italian5.6%
Polish3%
French Except Basque2.9%
Welsh2.3%
Swiss1.9%
Dutch1.5%
Scottish1.3%
African1.1%
Czech1.1%
German0.9%
Greek0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Russian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Arab0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Elizabethtown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lancaster County
Standard Zip Codes17022
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.15
Approximate Longitude-76.59

Elizabethtown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLANDISVILLE 2 NW
Distance9.3 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 66 F
Annual Precip43.4 inches
StationLEBANON 2 W
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip43.6 inches
StationLANCASTER 2 NE FILT PLT
Distance18.3 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip43.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Goldsboro1,072$63,750
Marietta2,601$65,144
Middletown9,002$63,857
Mount Joy7,978$79,063
Royalton1,044$55,000
York Haven645$42,784

Elizabethtown Public Libraries

Elizabethtown Public Library
10 SOUTH MARKET STREET
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
(717) 367-7467

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Elizabethtown Public Schools

Bear Creek School
1459 Sheaffer Road
ZIP: 17022
(717) 367-0210
Middle
Total Enrollment 911
Conewago El Sch
2809 Hershey Rd
ZIP: 17022
(717) 367-7233
Primary
Total Enrollment 202
East High Street El Sch
800 E High St
ZIP: 17022
(717) 361-0099
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
Elizabethtown Area Ms
600 E High St
ZIP: 17022
(717) 361-7525
Middle
Total Enrollment 618
Elizabethtown Area Shs
600 E High St
ZIP: 17022
(717) 367-1533
High
Total Enrollment 1231
Mill Road El Sch
35 Elm Ave
ZIP: 17022
(717) 361-7424
Primary
Total Enrollment 217

Elizabethtown Private Schools

Bellaire Ridge School
521 Bellaire Rd
ZIP: 17022
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
Mount Calvary Christian School
629 Holly St
ZIP: 17022
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 293
St Peter Parochial School
61 E Washington St
ZIP: 17022
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
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