HERSHEY is an unincorporated community and census-designated place
(CDP) in Derry Township , Dauphin County ,
Pennsylvania , United
States. Hershey\'s chocolates are made in Hershey, which was founded
by candy magnate
Milton S. Hershey .
The community is located 14 miles (23 km) east of Harrisburg and is
part of the Harrisburg−Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area .
Hershey has no legal status as an incorporated municipality, and all
its municipal services are provided by Derry Township. The population
was 14,257 at the 2010 census.
It is popularly called "Chocolatetown, USA". Hershey is also referred
to as "The Sweetest Place on Earth".
* 1 Geography
* 2 Demographics
* 2.1 2010
* 2.2 2000
* 3 Transportation
* 4 Climate
* 5 Education
* 6 Sports
* 7 Points of interest
* 8 In popular culture
* 9 Notable Residents
* 10 References
* 11 External links
Hershey is located in southeastern Dauphin County, in the center and
eastern parts of Derry Township. It is bordered to the east by
Palmdale (also in Derry Township) and by Campbelltown (in South
Londonderry Township , Lebanon County ). To the west is the borough of
Hummelstown . Over half the population of Derry Township is within the
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Census Bureau , the Hershey CDP has a total
area of 14.4 square miles (37.3 km2), of which 14.4 square miles (37.2
km2) is land and 0.058 square miles (0.15 km2), or 0.41%, is water.
As of the 2010 census, there were 14,257 people living there. Hershey
was made up of 83.5% White, 6.6% Asian, 6.2% African American, and
3.5% in other categories. 3.4% identify as Hispanic or Latino.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,771 people, 5,451
households, and 3,297 families residing in the CDP. The population
density was 886.5 people per square mile (342.2/km²). There were
5,887 housing units at an average density of 408.7/sq mi (157.7/km²).
The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.07% White , 2.12% African American
, 0.06% Native American , 4.87% Asian , 0.01% Pacific Islander , 0.49%
from other races , and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or
Latino were 1.55% of the population.
There were 5,451 households, out of which 24.8% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living
together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and
39.5% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of
individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of
age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average
family size was 2.86.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 20.3% under the age
of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64,
and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42
years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100
females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $45,098, and the
median income for a family was $63,385. Males had a median income of
$42,013 versus $31,086 for females. The per capita for the CDP was
$28,487. About 3.8% of families and 6.9% of the population were below
the poverty line , including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of
those age 65 or over.
U.S. Route 422
U.S. Route 422 (Chocolate Avenue) runs through the center of Hershey,
U.S. Route 322 passes south of the center. The two highways merge
at the western end of Hershey, at an interchange with Pennsylvania
Route 39 . US 422 leads east 43 miles (69 km) to Reading , while US
322 leads southeast 28 miles (45 km) to Ephrata and west 15 miles (24
km) to Harrisburg , the state capital. Route 39 provides access to
Hersheypark and Chocolate World, located in the northern part of the
CDP, and continues north 6 miles (10 km) to
Interstate 81 at Skyline
Hershey is accessible via
Harrisburg International Airport
Harrisburg International Airport ,
approximately 12 miles (19 km) to the southwest.
Amtrak 's Keystone
Service provides frequent rail service to the nearby towns of
Middletown (9 miles), Harrisburg (13 miles) and Elizabethtown Amtrak
Station (11 miles). CAT and LT (formerly known as COLT) provide bus
From 1944 to 1981, Hershey had its own small general aviation airport
on the front lawn of the
Milton Hershey Middle School.
Hershey has a humid continental climate, very common in Pennsylvania.
Temperatures can be up to 95 °F in the summer, and less than 20 °F
in the winter.
CLIMATE DATA FOR HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA
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Derry Township School District
Derry Township School District – public school
* Hershey High School
* The Vista School – a state approved, private school for
autistic students aged 3 to 21 years.
Milton Hershey School – a private philanthropic school founded
in 1909 by chocolate magnate
Milton Hershey to serve poor children.
Currently serves children from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Penn State College of Medicine – Medical school affiliated with
the Hershey Medical Center
AHL , Ice hockey
Hershey was once home to the
Hershey Wildcats of the A-League . This
professional soccer team folded after the 2001 season when its owners
decided that it would not be successful financially. The Wildcats were
named after a popular roller-coaster in
Hersheypark . Hershey was also
home to the
Hershey Impact over the AISL indoor soccer league.
National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association player
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100
points for the
Philadelphia Warriors in a regular season game played
Hersheypark Arena in 1962; his effort remains a single-game record
for the league.
Elizabethtown College hosted the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling
Championships at the
Giant Center .
Christian Pulisic , 18 year old American soccer player who plays for
Borussia Dortmund and
United States Men's National Team is from here.
He is thought of as the USA's top professional prospect.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Hershey Chocolate Factory, 1976.
The community is home to
The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company , which makes the
Hershey Bar and Hershey\'s Kisses and is the parent company
H. B. Reese Candy Company, manufacturer of Reese\'s Peanut
Butter Cups . Hershey\'s Chocolate World is a factory store and
virtual tour ride of
The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company . The original Hershey
Chocolate Factory, located downtown along Chocolate Avenue, was closed
in 2012 due to high operational costs. Although many of the former
factory buildings have been demolished, several were converted to
modern office space.
Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company owns and operates
Hersheypark Stadium , and other attractions such as
Hershey Gardens , and is a major employer of the
community and surrounding area.
The Penn State
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Milton
Hershey School for underprivileged youth are also located in Hershey.
Pennsylvania State Police Academy is located north along
Hersheypark Drive. In addition, the Derry Township Police Department
is a nationally recognized law enforcement agency.
Hershey is also home to four world-class golf courses, a few museums,
and an opulent spa.
Hersheypark Stadium hosts concerts and sporting events, with a
capacity of 30,000. It is also the venue of the Cocoa Bean Game
between the Hershey High School and
Milton S. Hershey High School
* AACA Museum , operated by the Antique Automobile Club of America
GIANT Center , home of the
* Hershey Area Playhouse
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Hershey Public Library
* Hershey Recreation Center
* Hershey\'s Chocolate World
* Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society
Indian Echo Caverns
Milton Hershey School
Milton S. Hershey Mansion
Parkview Cross Country Course
Tröegs Brewing Company
IN POPULAR CULTURE
In the Mad Men season 6 finale, "In Care Of",
Donald Draper makes a
pitch that impresses Hershey's executives. He then reverses the effect
(and gets himself suspended from the firm) by sharing his sordid
background and the role Hershey's candy bars played in it. At the
episode's end, Don takes his children to see the brothel he grew up
in, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
In the Simpsons episode "
Homerland ", Homer says: "I’ve never
prayed to a city in my life and if I did it’d be Hershey,
Milton S. Hershey , confectioner and philanthropist, founded and
lived in Hershey.
H.B. Reese , the inventor of Reese\'s Peanut Butter Cups (the #1
selling candy brand in the United States) and the founder of the H.B.
Reese Candy Company, lived and built his candy company and 2 factories
Deesha Dyer ,
White House Social Secretary , lived in Hershey.
Nellie King , former
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball pitcher for Pittsburgh
Pirates , lived in Hershey.
Joe Senser , former NFL tight end for
Minnesota Vikings and former
board member of the
Hershey Trust Company and Hershey Entertainment ">
* Scott Campbell , professional football player in National Football
League (NFL), was born and lived in Hershey.
Joe Gunkel , professional baseball player in Major League Baseball
, lived in Hershey.
* Michael (Mike) Horrocks, First Officer, United Airlines Flight 175
September 11, 2001
September 11, 2001 , was born and lived in Hershey.
John Huzvar , professional football player in NFL, lived in
Jules Jordan , film director and actor, was born in Hershey.
Kellen Kulbacki , professional baseball player in Major League
Baseball, lived in Hershey.
Mark Malkoff , comedian and writer, lived in Hershey.
Da’Vine Joy Randolph , Tony Award-nominated actress, lived in
* Jay Taylor , professional football player in NFL, was born and
lived in Hershey.
Chris Villarrial , professional football player in the NFL and
head football coach at
Saint Francis University
Saint Francis University , lived in Hershey.
Michelle Wolf , comedian, was born and lived in Hershey.
* Brian Baker , actor, lives in Hershey.
George M. Leader
George M. Leader , Governor of
Pennsylvania , lived in Hershey.
John D. Payne , state Congressman, was born in Hershey.
Michele Buck , CEO and President of the
Hershey Company , lives in
John Bilbrey , director at McCormick ">
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American Factfinder. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
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Census Bureau . Retrieved
January 31, 2008.
* ^ URL last accessed October 28, 2015.
* ^ "Monthly Averages for Hershey, PA". Weather.com. Retrieved
December 29, 2011.
* ^ "Former CEO says Hershey Co. did all it could to save the old
* ^ Malawskey, Nick (2015-08-07). "Old is new again at former
Hershey factory". PennLive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
* ^ "Hershey Area Playhouse".
* ^ Alan Sepinwall (June 23, 2013). "What\'s Alan Watching: Season
finale review: \'Mad Men\' – \'In Care Of\': Both sides, now".
* ^ Todd VanDerWerff (June 24, 2013). "S6/E13: In Care Of". AVClub.
* ^ "D\'OH MERLAND".
The Simpsons Tapped Out Addicts.
Milton S. Hershey
* ^ "Snickers Surging to Top of Global Candy Race". Ad Age.
September 20, 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2017.