Downtown Hershey at the intersection of Chocolate Ave and Cocoa Ave, Home of the Hershey Chocolate Bars, with the signature Hershey Kiss lights and the Hershey Chocolate Factory in the background.
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Hershey is a census-designated place (CDP) in Derry Township, Dauphin County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Hershey's chocolates are made in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The community is located 14 miles east of Harrisburg and is part of the Harrisburg−Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. Hershey has no legal status as an incorporated municipality and all 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".
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 of any race 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 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.
Hershey is accessible via Harrisburg International Airport, approximately 8 miles away. Amtrak's Keystone Service provides frequent rail service to the nearby towns of Middletown (9 miles), Harrisburg (13 miles) and Elizabethtown. Hershey uses cars and trains to go places as well as CAT and LT (formerly known as COLT) provide bus service.
From 1944 to 1981, Hershey had its own small general aviation airport.
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|
|Average high °F (°C)||36
|Average low °F (°C)||20
|Precipitation inches (mm)||2.96
- Derry Township School District – public school
- The Vista School – a state approved, private school for children aged 3 to 21 years who are diagnosed with autism.
- Milton Hershey School – a private philanthropic school founded in 1909 by chocolate magnate Milton Hershey to serve underprivileged children. Currently serves children from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.
- Penn State College of Medicine - Medical school affiliated with the Hershey Medical Center
|Hershey Bears||AHL, Ice hockey||Giant Center||1932||11|
Hershey was once home to the Hershey Wildcats of the A-League. This professional soccer team was folded after the 2001 season by its owners, who 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 player Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a regular season game played at Hersheypark Arena in 1962; his effort remains a single-game record for the league.
Points of interest
The community is home to The Hershey Company, which makes the well-known Hershey Bar and Hershey's Kisses and is the parent company of the 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.
Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company owns and operates Hersheypark, Hersheypark Stadium, and other attractions such as ZooAmerica and Hershey Gardens, and is a major employer of the community and surrounding area.
Hershey is also home to four world-class golf courses, a few museums, and an opulent spa.
- GIANT Center, home of the Hershey Bears
- Hershey Area Playhouse
- Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
- Hershey Museum
- Hershey Public Library
- Hershey Recreation Center
- Hershey's Chocolate World
- Hersheypark Arena
- Hersheypark Stadium
- Hotel Hershey
- Indian Echo Caves
- Milton Hershey School
- Milton S. Hershey Mansion
- Parkview Cross Country Course
- Tanger Outlets
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 whorehouse he grew up in, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
-  URL last accessed November 23, 2009.
- "Monthly Averages for Hershey, PA". Weather.com. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
- Hershey Area Playhouse
- Alan Sepinwall (SUNDAY, JUN 23, 2013 11:04 PM). "What's Alan Watching: Season finale review: 'Mad Men' - 'In Care Of': Both sides, now". Hitfix.
- Todd VanDerWerff (June 24, 2013). "S6/E13: In Care Of". AVClub.
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- Hershey Community Archives website
- Preserve Hershey organization
- The Sun newspaper
- Hershey New Years.org