Hershey, PA

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Population

14,793

3.17% growth

Median Age

39.7


Median Household Income

$56,875

4.33% growth

Poverty Rate

17.1%


Number of Employees

7,341

0.177% growth

Median Property Value

$249,000

1.1% growth

About

In 2017, Hershey, PA had a population of 14.8k people with a median age of 39.7 and a median household income of $56,875. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Hershey, PA grew from 14,338 to 14,793, a 3.17% increase and its median household income grew from $54,514 to $56,875, a 4.33% increase.

The population of Hershey, PA is 79.5% White Alone, 7.57% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.07% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Hershey, PA speak a non-English language, and 95.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hershey, PA are Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine (232 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Hershey, PA is $249,000, and the homeownership rate is 51.1%. Most people in Hershey, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Hershey, PA is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Pennsylvania capitol building Fox Ridge Court, Harrisburg

Economy

The economy of Hershey, PA employs 7.34k people. The largest industries in Hershey, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,841 people), Educational Services (1,314 people), and Retail Trade (705 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($81,875), Wholesale Trade ($78,125), and Construction ($70,476).

Median household income in Hershey, PA is $56,875. Males in Hershey, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Hershey, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,875

2017 value

± $4,064

4.33%

1 Year Growth

± 8.79%

Households in Hershey, PA have a median annual income of $56,875, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $54,514 in 2016, which represents a 4.33% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Hershey, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 241.05

  2. Census Tract 241.02

  3. Census Tract 243

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hershey, PA was Census Tract 241.05 with a value of $87,705, followed by Census Tract 241.02 and Census Tract 243, with respective values of $70,648 and $58,629.

The following map shows all of the places in Hershey, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hershey, PA (2.48k out of 14.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 45 - 54, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,248 ± 617

  2. Hispanic

    583 ± 849

  3. Black

    568 ± 826

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hershey, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.34k

2017 Value

± 1,283

0.177%

1 Year growth

± 24.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Hershey, PA grew at a rate of 0.177%, from 7.33k employees to 7.34k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hershey, PA, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (807 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (788 people), and Management Occupations (759 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hershey, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Hershey, PA, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (807 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (788 people), and Management Occupations (759 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Hershey, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.9 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (2.17 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.15 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Hershey, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($92,000), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($88,542), and Material Moving Occupations ($78,125).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.34k

2017 Value

± 1,283

0.177%

1 Year growth

± 24.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Hershey, PA grew at a rate of 0.177%, from 7.33k employees to 7.34k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hershey, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,841 people), Educational Services (1,314 people), and Retail Trade (705 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hershey, PA, though some of these residents may live in Hershey, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Hershey, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,841 people), Educational Services (1,314 people), and Retail Trade (705 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Hershey, PA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (5.34 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.93 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.81 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Hershey, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($81,875), Wholesale Trade ($78,125), and Construction ($70,476).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.8% of the population of Hershey, PA has health coverage, with 54.4% on employee plans, 8.22% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 14.7% on non-group plans, and 1.64% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Hershey, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Hershey, PA see 1232 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1228 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1481 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 559 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,232 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see an average of 1,232 patients per year. This represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1,228 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.22%

Uninsured

54.4%

Employer Coverage

8.22%

Medicaid

13.9%

Medicare

14.7%

Non-Group

1.64%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hershey, PA declined by 14.4% from 8.43% to 7.22%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Hershey, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Hershey, PA is home to a population of 14.8k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Hershey, PA residents were born outside of the country (1.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Hershey, PA is composed of 11.8k White Alone residents (79.5%), 1.12k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.57%), 898 Black or African American Alone residents (6.07%), 715 Asian Alone residents (4.83%), 294 Two or More Races residents (1.99%), 6 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0406%), 5 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0338%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Hershey, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 7.9

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Hershey, PA was 39.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Hershey, PA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Hershey, PA residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    1.4k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Hershey, PA residents (1.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Hershey, PA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

95.7%

2017 Citizenship

95.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.7% of Hershey, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Hershey, PA was 95.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    11.8k ± 1.09k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.12k ± 928

  3. Black or African American Alone

    898 ± 811

In 2017, there were 10.5 times more White Alone residents (11.8k people) in Hershey, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.12k Hispanic or Latino and 898 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Hershey, PA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Hershey, PA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Hershey, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Hershey, PA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    186 ± 62

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    177 ± 78

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    124 ± 79

Hershey, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.05 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Hershey, PA awarded 232 degrees. The student population of Hershey, PA is skewed towards women, with 410 male students and 486 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hershey, PA are White (156 and 72.2%), followed by Asian (24 and 11.1%), Unknown (15 and 6.94%), and Black or African American (9 and 4.17%).

The largest universities in Hershey, PA by number of degrees awarded are Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine (232 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Hershey, PA are Medicine (144 and 62.1%), Physician Assistant (30 and 12.9%), and General Public Health (18 and 7.76%).

The median tuition costs in Hershey, PA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 144 degrees awarded

  2. 0 degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Professional Doctorate recipients in Hershey, PA was Medicine with 144 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

232 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Hershey, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine with 232 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

105

Degrees Awarded to Men

127

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 105 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hershey, PA, which is 0.827 times less than the 127 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    156 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    24 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    15 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Hershey, PA were to White students. These 156 degrees mean that there were 6.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 24 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hershey, PA was $249,000 in 2017, which is 1.14 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $246,300 to $249,000, a 1.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Hershey, PA is 51.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Hershey, PA have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Hershey, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$56,875

Median Household Income

± $4,064

5.59k

Number of Households

± 440

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.59k households in Hershey, PA grew to $56,875 from the previous year's value of $54,514.

The following chart displays the households in Hershey, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$249,000

2017 Median

± $16,251

$246,300

2016 Median

± $15,223

In 2017, the median property value in Hershey, PA grew to to $249,000 from the previous year's value of $246,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Hershey, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hershey, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Hershey, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hershey, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

51.1%

2017 Homeownership

52.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 51.1% of the housing units in Hershey, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 52.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Hershey, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Hershey, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Hershey, PA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hershey, PA have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.1% of the workforce in Hershey, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    64.7%

  2. Walked

    13.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    9.51%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Hershey, PA was Drove Alone (64.7%), followed by those who Walked (13.2%) and those who Worked At Home (9.51%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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