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Hershey, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Hershey Census Designated Place had a population of 14,517 as of July 1, 2020. 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 40.2859 and longitude -76.6502 in Dauphin County. The formal boundaries for the Hershey Census Designated Place 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.

The Hershey Census Designated Place is located within Township of Derry, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dauphin County.


Hershey, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 14,517 (100%)
Population in Households 12,488 (86.0%)
Population in Families 9,161 (63.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,029 (14.0%)
Population Density 1,014
Diversity Index2 46


Median Household Income $64,760
Average Household Income $105,080
% of Income for Mortgage4 19%
Per Capita Income $43,814
Wealth Index5 137


Total HU (Housing Units) 6,105 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,801 (45.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,878 (47.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 426 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $290,064
Average Home Value $336,593
Housing Affordability Index3 113


Total Households 5,679
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 3,101
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.18% 0.16%
Households 0.26% 0.21%
Families 0.13% 0.08%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
Owner Occupied HU   0.13%


Hershey, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hershey to the other 1,761 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 47 97th
Population Density # 1062 40th
Median Household Income # 483 73rd
Housing Affordability Index # 121 7th
Per Capita Income # 138 92nd
Diversity Index # 168 91st

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