Hershey, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Hershey, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Hershey Census Designated Place had a population of 14,308 as of July 1, 2015. Hershey ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Hershey is located at latitude 40.2789 and longitude -76.6437 in Dauphin County. The formal boundaries for the Hershey Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Dauphin County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 423 feet.

The Hershey Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389920) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Hershey population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Hershey, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 14,308
Population in Households 12,279
Population in Familes 9,065
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,029
Population Density1 997
Diversity Index2 38


Total Households 5,567
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 3,064
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,062 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,784 (45.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,783 (45.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 495 ( 8.2%)
Median Home Value $261,213
Average Home Value $307,229


Median Household Income $56,947
Average Household Income $80,713
Per Capita Income $32,800
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.07% 0.15%
Households 0.13% 0.18%
Families 0.02% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.66%
Per Capita Income   2.92%
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.

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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, 2015 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 # 1077 39th
Diversity Index2 # 198 89th
Median Household Income # 535 70th
Per Capita Income # 253 86th

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