Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2010: 14,257.
Population change since 2000: +11.6%
Males: 6,645  (46.6%)
Females: 7,612  (53.4%)
Median resident age:

41.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:

40.8 years

Zip codes: 17033, 17036.

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Estimated median household income in 2017: $66,953 (it was $45,098 in 2000)
Hershey:

$66,953
PA:

$59,195

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $40,540 (it was $28,487 in 2000)

Hershey CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $265,589 (it was $151,000 in 2000)
Hershey:

$265,589
PA:

$181,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $278,640; detached houses: $290,797; townhouses or other attached units: $224,674; in 2-unit structures: $73,286; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $364,198; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $117,731

Median gross rent in 2017: $984.

March 2019 cost of living index in Hershey: 98.2 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 18.2%
(11.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 73.4% for Black residents, 59.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 74.3% for other race residents, 29.8% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Hershey, PA (2017)
    • 11,14576.7%White alone
    • 1,1738.1%Hispanic
    • 9136.3%Asian alone
    • 7905.4%Black alone
    • 4943.4%Other race alone
    • 2852.0%Two or more races
    • 30.02%American Indian alone

Races in Hershey detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists, there were 9 registered sex offenders living in Hershey, Pennsylvania as of December 05, 2019.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Hershey is 1,603 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


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Ancestries: German (20.1%), American (7.3%), Italian (6.3%), European (5.6%), Irish (5.5%), African (4.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 410 feet

Land area: 14.4 square miles.

Population density: 990 people per square mile   (low).

Hershey,PA real estate house value index trend

Hershey, Pennsylvania map

1,528 residents are foreign born (3.3% Asia, 1.7% Latin America, 1.4% Europe, 1.1% Africa).

This place:

10.5%
Pennsylvania:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $3,731 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $3,908 (1.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lancaster, PA (24.7 miles , pop. 56,348).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Baltimore, MD (67.1 miles , pop. 651,154).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (82.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Union Deposit, PA (1.4 miles ),
Palmdale, PA (1.5 miles ),
Hummelstown borough, PA (1.8 miles ),
Campbelltown, PA (1.9 miles ),
Palmyra borough, PA (1.9 miles ),
Skyline View, PA (2.3 miles ),
Rutherford, PA (2.5 miles ),
Middletown borough, PA (2.6 miles )

Latitude: 40.28 N, Longitude: 76.65 W

Hershey nicknames or aliases (official or unofficial): Chocolate Capital of the World, Chocolate Town, The Sweetest Place on Earth

Daytime population change due to commuting: +21,095 (+145.1%)
Workers who live and work in this place: 3,946 (52.6%)

Area code: 717

Distribution of median household income in Hershey, PA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Hershey, PA in 2017
Hershey satellite photo by USGS

Hershey tourist attractions:

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.4%
Pennsylvania:

3.9%
Historical population in Hershey, PA
Historical housing units in Hershey, PA
Most common industries in Hershey, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (16.7%)
  • Health care (15.3%)
  • Food (8.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.6%)
  • Public administration (5.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Health care (13.4%)
  • Educational services (12.5%)
  • Food (8.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.9%)
  • Public administration (6.1%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (21.4%)
  • Health care (17.5%)
  • Food (8.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.8%)
  • Public administration (5.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
Most common occupations in Hershey, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.1%)
  • Physicians and surgeons (5.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Registered nurses (3.5%)
  • Life and physical scientists (3.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Physicians and surgeons (6.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.8%)
  • Top executives (3.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.3%)
  • Computer specialists (3.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Registered nurses (6.4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (3.2%)

Average climate in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Hershey, Pennsylvania average temperatures Hershey, Pennsylvania average precipitation Hershey, Pennsylvania humidity Hershey, Pennsylvania wind speed Hershey, Pennsylvania snowfall Hershey, Pennsylvania sunshine Hershey, Pennsylvania clear and cloudy days

Hershey, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 78.1. This is about average.

City:

78.1
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2017 was 0.157. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.157
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 5.57. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.57
U.S.:

5.56
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 24.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.9
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 13.9. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

13.9
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.49. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.49
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Hershey-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 11% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/14/2004, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 3.8 miles away from the Hershey place center caused $18 million in damages.

On 6/18/1970, a category F3 tornado 20.3 miles away from the place center killed one person and injured 5 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Hershey-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 32.6 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 213.0 miles away from Hershey center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 34.1 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 280.4 miles away from Hershey center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 252.7 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 198.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Dauphin County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Tropical Storms: 3, Tropical Depressions: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Hershey topographic map

Main business address for: HERSHEY FOODS CORP (SUGAR & CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTS).

Hospitals and medical centers in Hershey:

  • ALLEGHENY VALLEY SCHOOL (880 POPLAR STREET)
  • HERSHEY OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTER (650 CHERRY DRIVE)
  • MILTON S HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Other, 500 UNIVERSITY DRIVE)
  • IHS OF HERSHEY AT WOODLANDS (820 RHUE HAUS LANE)
  • M.S. HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER (M.C. HU23, UNIVERSITY PHYSICIANS CENTER 1400)

Airports and heliports located in Hershey:

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Amtrak stations near Hershey:

  • 10 miles: ELIZABETHTOWN (WILSON AVE.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 13 miles: HARRISBURG (4TH & CHESTNUT STS.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
  • 15 miles: MOUNT JOY (DELTA & HENRY STS.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

College/University in Hershey:

  • Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine (Full-time enrollment: 167; Location: 500 University Drive; Public; Website: www.pennstatehershey.org/web/college/home; Offers Doctor's degree)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Hershey:

  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg (about 7 miles; Middletown, PA; Full-time enrollment: 3,797)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (about 13 miles; Harrisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 13,276)
  • Messiah College (about 20 miles; Mechanicsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 3,035)
  • YTI Career Institute-York (about 20 miles; York, PA; FT enrollment: 2,212)
  • York College Pennsylvania (about 24 miles; York, PA; FT enrollment: 5,140)
  • Franklin and Marshall College (about 24 miles; Lancaster, PA; FT enrollment: 2,585)
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania (about 25 miles; Millersville, PA; FT enrollment: 7,743)

Public high school in Hershey:

  • HERSHEY HS (Students: 853, Location: 550 HOMESTEAD RD, Grades: 9-12)

Private high school in Hershey:

  • MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL (Students: 1,835, Location: 1201 HOMESTEAD LN, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Hershey:

Private elementary/middle school in Hershey:

  • ST JOAN OF ARC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 336, Location: 329 W AREBA AVE, Grades: PK-8)
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Library in Hershey:

  • HERSHEY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $217,737; Location: 701 COCOA AVE.; 94,674 books; 8,119 audio materials; 6,937 video materials; 5 local licensed databases; 41 state licensed databases; 3 other licensed databases; 227 print serial subscriptions; 4 electronic serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Please include the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey in your list of churches for Hershey, PA. The Web site is www.hersheyfree.com. added by JR

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Hershey: Hotel Hershey Golf Course (A), Hershey Spring Creek Golf (B), Hershey Parkview Golf (C), Hershey Country Club and Golf Courses (D), Hershey Nursery (E), The Hotel Hershey (F), The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center (G), Hershey Information Center (H), Founders Hall (I), Hershey Museum of American Life (J), Hershey Volunteer Fire Company Station 48 (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Hershey: HERSHEY FOODS CORP (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Hershey include: Balsbaugh Church (A), Fishburns Church (B), Spring Creek Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Hershey Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Hershey include: Zoo America (1), Hershey Park (2), Hershey Park Arena (3), Hershey Gardens (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: East Coast Amusement (Amusement & Theme Parks; 675 East Canal Road).

Hotels: Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey (749 East Chocolate Avenue), Days Inn Hershey (350 West Chocolate Avenue), Econo Lodge Hershey (115 Lucy Avenue), Di Limousine Service (350 West Chocolate Avenue), Great Vacations of Hershey (176 Hershey Park Drive), Catherine's At Spinner's (845 East Chocolate Avenue), Best Western Inn Hershey (Route 422 And Sipe Avenue), Chocolatetown Motel (1806 East Chocolate Av), Addey's Inn of Hershey (150 East Governor Road).

Birthplace of: Andy Potts - Triathlete, Ernie Accorsi - Businessman, Jason Yeisley - Soccer player, Jay Taylor - 2005 NFL player (Tennessee Titans, born: Oct 23, 1976), Scott Sonnon - Martial artist, John D. Payne - Politician, Scott Campbell (American football) - Football player, Steve Fisher (soccer) - Soccer player, Steven Pasquale - Actor, Walter DeVerter - Politician.

Dauphin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Hershey and their reported violations in the past:

MANGIA MANGIA (Population served: 160, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
BEACON LITE MOBILE ESTATES (Population served: 120, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In JUN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-05-2014), St Compliance achieved (AUG-05-2014), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-05-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-19-2012), St Compliance achieved (SEP-19-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-19-2012)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In APR-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-29-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAY-29-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAR-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-23-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-23-2014), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-23-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In FEB-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-01-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-01-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JAN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-03-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAR-03-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In DEC-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-27-2014), St Compliance achieved (JAN-27-2014)
  • 18 other older monitoring violations
WILLOWOOD CAFE & CREAMERY (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
HERSHEY VFW POST #3502 (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Hershey that have no violations reported:

  • STEVE HEINS GROCERY STORE (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This place:

2.2 people
Pennsylvania:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

55.4%
Whole state:

65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.3%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Hershey in 2010:

  • 1,919 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 105 people in college/university student housing
  • 12 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 8 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Hershey in 2000:

  • 429 people in nursing homes
  • 237 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 10 people in other group homes
  • 6 people in religious group quarters
  • 4 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
Arena or stadium:
  • Giant Center. Capacity: 12,500.

Banks with branches in Hershey (2011 data):

  • PNC Bank, National Association: Hershey @ Giant Branch, Hershey Branch, University Branch, Heritage Branch. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company: East Chocolate Branch at 1661 East Chocolate Avenue, branch established on 1993/09/07; West Chocolate Branch at 740 West Chocolate Avenue, branch established on 1979/08/27. Info updated 2011/08/08: Bank assets: $76,887.1 mil, Deposits: $60,064.2 mil, headquarters in Buffalo, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 808 total offices, Holding Company: M&T Bank Corporation
  • Fulton Bank, National Association: Cocoa Ave Branch at 1212 Cocoa Avenue, branch established on 1996/11/25. Info updated 2010/12/30: Bank assets: $9,041.7 mil, Deposits: $6,700.3 mil, headquarters in Lancaster, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 122 total offices, Holding Company: Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Sovereign Bank, National Association: Hershey Branch at 1110 Cocoa Avenue, branch established on 1917/01/01. Info updated 2012/01/31: Bank assets: $78,146.9 mil, Deposits: $48,042.9 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 718 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Santander, S.A.
  • Susquehanna Bank: Hershey Branch at 201 W. Chocolate Avenue, branch established on 2006/03/27. Info updated 2012/02/28: Bank assets: $14,849.0 mil, Deposits: $10,294.4 mil, headquarters in Lititz, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 308 total offices, Holding Company: Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Hershey Branch at 27 Ridge Road, branch established on 1972/09/01. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company

For population 15 years and over in Hershey:

Marital status in Hershey, PA
  • Never married: 39.7%
  • Now married: 45.8%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 6.7%
  • Divorced: 6.9%

For population 25 years and over in Hershey:

  • High school or higher: 94.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 50.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 23.8%
  • Unemployed: 2.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.4
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Hershey
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Hershey, PA (based on Dauphin County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant43,691122
Catholic39,73916
Evangelical Protestant27,374164
Other10,39026
Black Protestant6,46431
Orthodox6895
None139,753-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 51
This county:

2.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 20
Here:

0.78 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 90
This county:

3.52 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 224
This county:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Dauphin County:

9.4%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Dauphin County:

30.9%
State:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.6%
State:

11.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

58.1%
State:

49.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

57.8%
Pennsylvania:

46.3%

Average BMI:
Here:

27.7
Pennsylvania:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Hershey:

16.7%
Pennsylvania:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.1%
Pennsylvania:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Hershey:

7.0
Pennsylvania:

6.8

Overweight people:
Hershey:

32.9%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Hershey:

63.4%
State:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.0%
Pennsylvania:

78.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Hershey, PA Residents

5.70% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,479 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.70%
Pennsylvania average:

4.58%

0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($250 average AGI)
Dauphin County:

0.02%
Pennsylvania average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Cumberland County, PA  0.97% ($39,702 average AGI)
from Lancaster County, PA  0.43% ($44,353)
from York County, PA  0.41% ($45,100)


6.29% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($57,418 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.29%
Pennsylvania average:

4.96%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($399 average AGI)
Dauphin County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Cumberland County, PA  1.26% ($51,385 average AGI)
to Lebanon County, PA  0.50% ($53,995)
to Lancaster County, PA  0.45% ($48,262)
Businesses in Hershey, PA
NameCountNameCount
Aeropostale1IZOD1
Ann Taylor1J.Crew1
Bath & Body Works1Jones New York1
Best Western1Justice1
Blockbuster1Kroger2
Brooks Brothers1Lane Bryant1
CVS1Marriott1
Catherines1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Chico's1Motel 61
Clarks1Motherhood Maternity1
Comfort Inn1Nike1
Curves1Pac Sun1
Dairy Queen1Quality1
Days Inn1Red Robin1
DressBarn1Rite Aid1
Dressbarn1Rodeway Inn1
Dunkin Donuts3Rue211
Econo Lodge1SAS Shoes1
Famous Footwear1Skechers USA1
FedEx4Staples1
GNC1Starbucks2
Gap1Subway2
Giant1Talbots1
Gymboree1Travelodge1
Hilton1UPS7
Houlihan's1Wendy's1
Howard Johnson1

Strongest AM radio stations in Hershey:

  • WWSM (1510 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ANNVILLE-CLEONA, PA; Owner: PATRICK H. SICKAFUS)
  • WHP (580 AM; 5 kW; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WLBR (1270 AM; 5 kW; LEBANON, PA; Owner: LEBANON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WEEU (830 AM; 20 kW; READING, PA; Owner: WEEU BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTKT (1460 AM; 5 kW; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WSBA (910 AM; 5 kW; YORK, PA; Owner: WSBA LICO, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBAL (1090 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: HEARST RADIO, INC.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WWII (720 AM; daytime; 2 kW; SHIREMANSTOWN, PA; Owner: HENSLEY BROADCASTING)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Hershey:

  • WCAT-FM (106.7 FM; HERSHEY, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WITF-FM (89.5 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WWKL (92.1 FM; PALMYRA, PA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WROZ (101.3 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WRVV (97.3 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WARM-FM (103.3 FM; YORK, PA; Owner: WSBA LICO, INC.)
  • WHBO (92.7 FM; STARVIEW, PA; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WTPA (93.5 FM; MECHANICSBURG, PA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WHKF (99.3 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNNK-FM (104.1 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WRBT (94.9 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJAZ (91.7 FM; SUMMERDALE, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV. COMMWEALTH SYS. HGHR ED)
  • WQXA-FM (105.7 FM; YORK, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W220BX (91.9 FM; MARIETTA, PA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WIOV-FM (105.1 FM; EPHRATA, PA; Owner: REGENT BROADCASTING OF LANCASTER, INC.)
  • WRTL (90.7 FM; EPHRATA, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV OF COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM)
  • WSOX (96.1 FM; RED LION, PA; Owner: LANCASTER-YORK BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WQIC (100.1 FM; LEBANON, PA; Owner: LEBANON BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WQLV (98.9 FM; MILLERSBURG, PA; Owner: HEPCO COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLAN-FM (96.9 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Hershey:

  • WLYH-TV (Channel 15; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: TELEVISION STATION GROUP LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • WITF-TV (Channel 33; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WPMT (Channel 43; YORK, PA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • WGAL (Channel 8; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: WGAL HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WHP-TV (Channel 21; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHTM-TV (Channel 27; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: HARRISBURG TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WGCB-TV (Channel 49; RED LION, PA; Owner: RED LION BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Hershey fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 28Number of bridges
  • 236ft / 72.0mTotal length
  • $5,610,000Total costs
  • 228,277Total average daily traffic
  • 15,540Total average daily truck traffic
  • 184,649Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic
New bridges in Hershey, PA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 31920-1929
  • 21940-1949
  • 71950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 41980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 52010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Hershey, PA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Hershey)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 57 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Hershey, PA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 29 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 49 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Hershey)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Hershey)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 33 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 4 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED37$187,97372$195,580245$207,65722$119,3321$604,08014$158,302
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$447,1352$159,19519$220,3062$27,6250$01$117,080
APPLICATIONS DENIED7$159,0213$260,06074$215,5339$81,0590$03$141,260
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$218,3386$224,16046$211,0725$135,4000$01$166,020
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$010$194,7491$29,0900$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0241.01 , 0241.02, 0241.03, 0242.00, 0243.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 3 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED18$239,82811$232,580
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$240,1832$243,620
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$242,9501$100,970
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0241.01 , 0241.02, 0241.03, 0242.00, 0243.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Hershey, PA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Hershey, PA - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 86
  • Hazardous Condition: 66
  • Service Call: 1
  • Good Intent Call: 3
Fire incident types in Hershey, PA

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Hershey, PA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Hershey, Pennsylvania:

  • Econo Lodge Hershey, 115 Lucy Ave, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 533-2515, Fax: (717) 533-2543
  • The Hershey Lodge & Conv Center, Wchocolate Ave/university Dr, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 543-3006, Fax: (717) 533-9642
  • Days Inn Hershey, 350 W Chocolate Ave, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 534-2162, Fax: (717) 533-6409
  • The Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Rd, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 533-2171
  • Quality Inn & Suites, 183 Hershey Rd, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 583-5151, Fax: (717) 583-5100
  • Travelodge, 1043 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 533-5179, Fax: (717) 534-2523
  • Howard Johnson Inn - Hershey, 845 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 533-9157, Fax: (717) 534-1189
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue, 651 W Areba Ave, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033 , Phone: (717) 520-5240, Fax: (717) 520-5241
  • 2 other hotels and motels
All 10 fire-safe hotels and motels in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Most common first names in Hershey, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John15777.4 years
Mary15681.3 years
William10479.3 years
Robert8771.4 years
Charles7678.4 years
Anna7683.3 years
Harry7378.6 years
Helen6882.1 years
Elizabeth6580.5 years
James6575.7 years
Most common last names in Hershey, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller5181.8 years
Smith4581.0 years
Wagner2680.6 years
Long2581.5 years
Snyder2077.8 years
Zimmerman2083.2 years
Boyer1976.0 years
Hetrick1777.6 years
Landis1778.5 years
Foreman1678.1 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Hershey, PA
  • 38.6%Utility gas
  • 37.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 19.1%Electricity
  • 2.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%Wood
  • 0.6%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Coal or coke
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Hershey, PA
  • 54.0%Electricity
  • 35.1%Utility gas
  • 8.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%No fuel used
  • 0.5%Other fuel


Hershey compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Hershey on our top lists:

  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: health care and social assistance (population 5,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities that people commute into (largest positive percentage daily daytime population change due to commuting) (population 5,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
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