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Hershey Vacation and Travel Information

The town that chocolate built is more than just a sweet place to visit.  It is filled with a history as rich as its chocolate and a community that was the center of an empire that began with just one man.  Hershey, PA still carries that small town feeling and as much credit for its "sweetness" goes to the people of the area as to the candies that are made there.

Hershey City Info

  • Hershey is an unincorporated community
  • Land Area: 14.4 sq. miles
  • County-owned parks: 4
  • Area's strongest Radio stations: 13 AM; 20 FM
  • Number of nearby television stations: 8

Hershey Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 28.2°F; July: 73°F
  • Average annual rainfall — 42.2 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 34.3 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Hershey (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA — 731
  • Charleston, SC — 661
  • Charlotte, NC — 491
  • Chicago, IL — 670
  • Miami, FL — 1,187
  • Nashville, TN — 732
  • New York, NY — 162
  • New Orleans, LA — 1,154
  • Raleigh, NC — 387
  • Washington, DC - 135

Hershey Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Milton S. Hershey Medical Center — Address: 500 University Drive

Hershey Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

Hershey Major Shopping Areas:

Hershey Major Dining Areas:

  • Hershey Park
  • Downtown Hershey
  • Middletown/Hummelstown

Hershey Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
  • American Civil War Museum (Gettysburg)
  • Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg)
  • Hershey Museum
  • National Civil War Museum (Harrisburg)
  • State Capital (Harrisburg)
  • Founders Hall
  • Milton Hershey School
  • Hershey Community Center Building
  • Milton S. Hershey Mansion
  • Quarries of the Hummelstown Brownstone Company
  • Henry Smith Farm
  • Swatara Ferry House

Hershey Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Milton S. Hershey

Notable Moments in Hershey History:

  • 1681 — William Penn is granted Pennsylvania land as payment of a debt by King Chalres II.
  • 1724 — Derry Presbyterian Church is organized
  • 1903 — The Hershey Chocolate Company was founded
  • 1907 — Hershey Park officially opens
  • 1907 — The Hershey Chocolate Company began producing the Hershey Kiss
  • 1909 — Hershey Industial School was created
  • 1914 — The Consolidated Public School was built by Milton Hershey and given to the community as a gift
  • 1938 — Hershey Junior College was Opened
  • 1963 — The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was established

Interesting facts about Hershey:

  • The Hershey plant is the largest chocolate and confectionery production facility in the world.
  • Milton S. Hershey received only a fourth grade education.
  • Technically Pennsylvania is not a state.  It is a commonwealth.
  • Hershey Kisses got their name from the machine that makes them which looks as if it is kissing the conveyor belt as it drops the candies.
  • The town of Hershey began as a model envisioned by Milton Hershey for his employees.
  • Many of the structures in Hershey were built during the Great Depression as part of Milton Hershey's
  • "Great Building Campaign" which he began to provide jobs to locals.
  • Milton Hershey began his candy making career in Lancaster, PA with the Lancaster Caramel Company.

Hershey Population and Demographics:

  • Hershey Population — 12,771 (as of the 2000 census)
  • Male — 5,916 (46.3%)
  • Female — 6,855 (53.7%)
  • White — 90.1%
  • Black — 2.1%
  • Asian — 1.8%
  • Chinese — 2.1%
  • Two or more races — 1.4%
  • Hispanic/Latino — 1.6%
  • 2000 percent population 18 and over — 79.6%
  • 65 and over — 23.55%
  • Median age — 41.8
  • Median household income - $45,098

Hershey Area Colleges and Universities:

  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Pennyslvania State University — Harrisburg (8 miles)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (17 miles)
  • York College Pennsylvania (19 miles)
  • Messiah College — Grantham (26 miles)
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania (29 miles)

Harrisburg Economy & Business — Notable Companies based in Hershey:

  • Hershey Chocolate Company
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