Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,954
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens10.4%
Employed Population 16+2,336
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married33.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.7%
Median Earnings25+$31,548
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,671
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,683

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,962
% Above Poverty Level73.8%
% Below Poverty Level26.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.1%
% Using Public Transportation8.7%

Housing

People Living Alone27.7%
Median Gross Rent$860
Median House Value$87,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.9%
Irish6.6%
English2.3%
Croatian2.2%
Brazilian2%
Polish2%
Russian1.5%
Scottish1.3%
Italian1.3%
Dutch1.2%
German0.9%
Slovene0.8%
French Except Basque0.8%
Serbian0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Romanian0.5%
African0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Swedish0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Kenyan0.3%
Arab0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Steelton Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyDauphin County
Standard Zip Codes17113
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.23
Approximate Longitude-76.83

Steelton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHARRISBURG CAPITAL CITY
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 63 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp45 to 64 F
Annual Precip41.4 inches
StationLEBANON 2 W
Distance20.9 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
StationNEWPORT RIVER
Distance23 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
Harrisburg49,230$41,333
Highspire2,667$50,857
Lemoyne4,641$77,153
New Cumberland7,298$78,659
Paxtang1,650$77,222
Penbrook2,981$47,454

Steelton Public Schools

Steelton-highspire El Sch
250 Reynders Avenue
ZIP: 17113
(717) 704-3826
Primary
Total Enrollment 781
Steelton-highspire Hs
250 Reynders Ave.
ZIP: 17113
(717) 704-3809
High
Total Enrollment 551
Swatara Ms
1101 Highland St
ZIP: 17113
(717) 939-9363
Middle
Total Enrollment 565
Tri-community El Sch
255 Cypress St
ZIP: 17113
(717) 939-9591
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
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