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Hershey, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

Hershey is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the Hershey Census Designated Place.

It is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Dauphin County at latitude 40.2859 and longitude -76.6502. Dauphin County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 423 feet.

The formal boundaries for the Hershey Census Designated Place (see map) encompass a land area of 14.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles.

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Hershey, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 14,378
Population in Households 12,349
Population in Familes 9,145
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,029
Population Density1 1,001
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 5,599
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 3,092
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,060 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,819 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,780 (45.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 461 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $247,798
Average Home Value $297,836


Median Household Income $55,069
Average Household Income $77,809
Per Capita Income $31,696
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.2% 0.24%
Households 0.3% 0.29%
Families 0.25% 0.13%
Median Household Income   5.31%
Per Capita Income   4.16%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Hershey, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hershey to the other 1,764 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 48 97th
Population Density1 # 1076 39th
Diversity Index2 # 199 89th
Median Household Income # 532 70th
Per Capita Income # 262 85th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Pennsylvania Census Data Comparison Tool.