Hershey, PA Profile: Facts & Data


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Hershey, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Hershey Census Designated Place had a population of 14,450 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Hershey, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 14,450
Population in Households 12,421
Population in Familes 9,081
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,029
Population Density2 1,007
Diversity Index3 43


Median Household Income $62,865
Average Household Income $94,180
Per Capita Income $39,390


Total Housing Units 6,067 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,825 (46.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,776 (45.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 466 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $267,882
Average Home Value $304,874


Total Households 5,601
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 3,070
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.16% 0.16%
Households 0.16% 0.2%
Families 0.04% 0.06%
Median Household Income   2.93%
Per Capita Income   2.32%

Hershey, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hershey to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 1067 40th
Diversity Index # 177 90th
Median Household Income # 403 77th
Per Capita Income # 158 91st

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