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.

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.



Total Population5,527
Male Share of the Population50.8%
Female Share of the Population49.2%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population31


% of people married33.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.1%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$51,117
% Above Poverty Level72.8%
% Below Poverty Level27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work13%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone42.7%
Median Gross Rent$733
Median House Value$147,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.8%
French Except Basque0.7%
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Shippensburg Almanac

Nearest Medium City 44 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City70 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland
County Cumberland County
Metro AreaHarrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle
Standard Zip Codes17257
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Shippensburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance0.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 37 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches
Distance10.1 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
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip44 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)

Lees Cross Rd (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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Shippensburg Public Libraries

Shippensburg Public Library
73 W KING ST SHIPPENSBURG, PA 17257 (40.049307, -77.523924)
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
(717) 532-4508

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Shippensburg Hospitals

Roxbury Treatment Center
601 Roxbury Road
(717) 532-4217
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Shippensburg Public Schools

James Burd El Sch
600 Brad St
(717) 530-2780
Total Enrollment 464
Grace B Luhrs Univ Elem
Shippensburg University
(717) 477-1612
Total Enrollment 125
Shippensburg Area Shs
201 Eberly Dr
(717) 530-2730
Total Enrollment 1091
Shippensburg Intrm Sch
601 Hollar Ave
(717) 530-3189
Total Enrollment 454
Shippensburg Area Ms
101 Park Place
(717) 530-2750
Total Enrollment 844
Nancy Grayson El Sch
301 Lurgan Ave
(717) 530-2770
Total Enrollment 456

Shippensburg Private Schools

Oak Grove Parochial School
100 Gephart Rd
Total Enrollment 26
Living Faith School
297 Goodhart Rd
Total Enrollment 23
Anchor Christian School
744 Pinola Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Quarry Hill School
100 Mccullough Rd
Total Enrollment 19
South Mountain Parochial School
111 Mountain View Rd
Total Enrollment 19
Chestnut Grove School (parochial)
120 Chestnut Grove Rd
Total Enrollment 20

Shippensburg Colleges

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