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Hershey is in Dauphin County, in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area.

The community was named after Milton S. Hershey, owner of the chocolate works

The latitude of Hershey is 40.285N. The longitude is -76.65W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 423 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 12,771.


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Median household income
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$45,098
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Hershey demographic reports
Developed as a planned community surrounding the chocolate factory. Milton Hershey was the benevolent overseer of the town, building houses in a variety of styles and establishing golf courses, gardens, a zoo, Hershey Park and a school for orphaned boys
Streetlights on the main street are shaped like candy kisses. Streets include Cocoa and Chocolate avenues
Performing arts: Hershey Symphony Orchestra
Hershey attractions: HersheyPark, ZooAmerica, Chocolate World
Sports teams: Bears (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Hershey Museum of American Life, Derry Township Historical Society Museum
Colleges and universities: Pennsylvania State University -- Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
The town of Hershey was the best advertising money could buy.
-- The Emperors of Chocolate
Jo?l Glenn Brenner

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29% of Hershey residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hershey ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hershey was $28,487, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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42% of Hershey residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Hershey, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $577.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,383.


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Libraries in Hershey include Hershey Public Library ... View libraries

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Dauphin County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Hershey political report.

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Hershey restaurants taking online reservations include Circular Dining Room, The Fountain Cafe at the Hotel Hershey ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Hershey workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Hershey include Best Western Inn Hershey, Hershey Days Inn, Milton Motel, Red Carpet Inn Hershey, Rodeway Inn, Springhill Suites Hershey.

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~ The Emperors of Chocolate
Jo?l Glenn Brenner

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