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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Hershey is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 14,793. Hershey is in Dauphin County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Hershey offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hershey there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Hershey and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Hershey are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$249,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$958
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Hershey

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,875
National
$55,322
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Hershey Reviews

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Hershey is a quaint little town tucked away in Central Pennsylvania that offers many family friendly activities such as Hershey Park, Chocolate World, Hershey Museum, playgrounds, camp sites and eateries. Milton Hershey is the founder of Hershey, as well as the mastermind behind the Hershey Chocolate Factory. As you may gather, the town of Hershey has a vibrant history all thanks to the work and dedication of Mr. Hershey. One of the best parts about Hershey is that when the wind blows the right way, the air smells like chocolate!
One thing I would change about Hershey is the demography. I would like to see more diversity, which, in turn, would positively impact the community. More cultural diversity would teach us about other people's views points, lives and break down any possible ethnocentricity. Overall, a larger mixing of cultures would enrich the community as a whole.
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I lived in Hershey for two years and I loved it! It has a small town feel with many things to do. There are concerts in the summer, free concerts in the square. You can walk to many restaurants and shops around town. There is an amazing bike trail or walking trail by the hospital. Schools are top notch. It does need to expand on diverse restaurants and get a better grocery store. Always something to do without going far! It is also very safe.
It's a nice place to live, with all the suburban necessities and then some. The area is generally white, upper middle class, and educated. Many people work for Hershey, the medical center, or in the city of Harrisburg.

Pros:
-high standard of living
-great public schools
-ideal for raising a family
-medical center is highly regarded
-many shops, restaurants, concerts, recreational opportunities
-many sports for kids to join
-educated population compared to nearby communities

Cons:
-the Hershey Company pays hourly workers poorly; the park's costs have exploded in recent years
-the whole town is centered around the Hershey Company, which was its original intention, but the near monopoly has its drawbacks
-tourist season
-small degree of elitism, but it comes with the territory
-high property values and taxes (but the great schools is a fair tradeoff)