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Overview

Introduction to Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin county, is 25 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 67 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town, which is part of the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 12,771 residents.

Hershey History

Hershey, which is nicknamed "The Sweetest Place on Earth," was initially known as " Derry Church." In 1897, the "Homestead farm," the original home of the Hershey family, was purchased by Milton S. Hershey. He built his chocolate factory and developed the entire region as a planned community for his family and employees. Following the increasing popularity of Hershey's Chocolate, the community was renamed "Hershey" in 1906. Milton Hershey acted as the benevolent overseer of the town and built a school for orphaned children, golf courses, and gardens. The lights on the main street of Hershey are in the shape of candy kisses.

Hershey and Nearby Attractions

  • Hershey Museum of American Life
  • Antique Auto Museum at Hershey
  • Milton S. Hershey Mansion
  • Williams Grove Amusement Park
  • Hersheypark
  • ZooAmerica

Things To Do In Hershey

Numerous museums and historic sites are located in Hershey. The Derry Township Historical Society Museum houses artifacts and photographs which reflect the history of the township. Hershey Museum features exhibits on the chocolate-making process, as well as the life of German immigrants in the region. Hershey's Chocolate World, the town's visitor center, includes the Hershey Trolley Works, the Really Big 3-D show, Factory Works Experience, shops and restaurants, and a free Chocolate Tour ride. Hershey is also home to a number of golf courses like the Hershey Park Golf Course, Hershey Country Club's West Course, Hershey Juvenile Course, Hershey Country Club's East Course, and Hotel Hershey Course. The 23-acre Hershey Gardens has more than 7,000 roses and seasonal flowers on display. Hersheypark, and the adjacent ZooAmerica are among other popular attractions in the area.

Hershey Transportation

The closest major airport is Harrisburg International Airport.

Hershey Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is located in Hershey. Nearby colleges include Elizabethtown College, Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg, and Lebanon Valley College.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,338
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens17%
Employed Population 16+7,166
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married46.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.2%
Median Earnings25+$37,289
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,097
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,788

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,130
% Above Poverty Level81.8%
% Below Poverty Level18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home9.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.1%
% Using Public Transportation4.7%

Housing

People Living Alone36.5%
Median Gross Rent$909
Median House Value$246,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.4%
Irish14.8%
Italian12.7%
English10%
Polish5.4%
African2.9%
Scottish2.4%
Norwegian2%
Slovak1.7%
Dutch1.3%
Russian1.3%
French Except Basque1.2%
Iranian1.1%
Welsh1.1%
Swedish1.1%
Slovene0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Nigerian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Arab0.4%
German0.3%
Czech0.3%
Greek0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Serbian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Hershey Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dauphin County
Standard Zip Codes17033
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.28
Approximate Longitude-76.64

Hershey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLEBANON 2 W
Distance10.2 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
StationLANDISVILLE 2 NW
Distance16.4 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
StationNEWPORT RIVER
Distance28.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip40.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Highspire2,275$44,784
Hummelstown4,557$70,217
Middletown9,002$63,857
Palmyra7,481$60,556
Paxtang1,493$79,583
Royalton1,044$55,000

Hershey Public Libraries

Hershey Public Library
701 COCOA AVE.
Hershey, Pennsylvania
(717) 533-6555

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Hershey Hospitals

Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
(Non-profit)
Po Box 850 500 University Drive
(717) 531-8521

Hershey Public Schools

Hershey Early Childhood Ctr
450-rear Homestead Road, Po Box 898
ZIP: 17033
(717) 531-2211
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Hershey Hs
550 Homestead Rd, Po Box 898
ZIP: 17033
(717) 531-2244
High
Total Enrollment 1142
Hershey Intrmd El Sch
450 Homestead Rd, Po Box 898
ZIP: 17033
(717) 531-2277
Middle
Total Enrollment 520
Hershey Ms
500 Homestead Rd, Po Box 898
ZIP: 17033
(717) 531-2222
Middle
Total Enrollment 863
Hershey Primary El Sch
450 Homestead Rd, Po Box 898
ZIP: 17033
(717) 531-2277
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
South Hanover El Sch
15 W 3rd St
ZIP: 17033
(717) 566-2564
Primary
Total Enrollment 389

Hershey Private Schools

Cclc At Hershey
400 Centerview Dr
ZIP: 17033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Kindercare Learning Center
667 Cherry Dr
ZIP: 17033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Milton Hershey School
1201 Homestead Ln
ZIP: 17033
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1824
St Joan Of Arc Elementary School
329 W Areba Ave
ZIP: 17033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 267
Tender Years
50 E Chocolate Ave
ZIP: 17033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
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