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Living in Hershey

Hershey is a thriving resort town of approximately 20,000. It provides residents and visitors with the employment, cultural, and recreational opportunities that is attractive to people of all ages and walks of life.

Hershey is a suburban community in a metropolitan area of 400,000 in one of the fastest growing regions in the state. It is approximately twelve miles from Harrisburg, the state capital and largest employer in the Commonwealth.

Central Pennsylvania’s second largest industry, Hershey Foods Corporation, is headquartered in Hershey. The fourth largest is Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, which provides jobs for more than 6,950 area residents.

A number of resources about life in Hershey are included below. The listing (or failure to list) of any business or other entity doesn’t constitute an endorsement or lack of endorsement.

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More About Hershey

History Expand answer

What today is known as Hershey once was a small settlement called Derry Church. After Milton Snavely Hershey founded his chocolate factory and began building the community, the town was renamed Hershey. The saga of Milton Hershey is one of failure, success and philanthropy. He grew up a poor farm boy, became a millionaire from his caramel business and subsequent chocolate empire, and devoted his personal fortune to the welfare of needy children. His legacy includes two corporations, a model community, and a school that cares for more than 1,100 disadvantaged children.

Activities and Cultural Events Expand answer

Tourism is another major industry, and Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company (HERCO) provides recreational and employment opportunities at Hersheypark and ZooAmerica. Hersheypark is one of the country’s top theme parks featuring rides such as the Wildcat, Splashdown, Tidal Force, and much more. ZooAmerica, North American Wildlife Park, is home to over 200 animals that represent more then 75 species. The Giant Center is the home of the Hershey Bears hockey team and is host to the Ice Capades and many top-name entertainers.

The Hershey Educational and Cultural Center conducts various adult and children’s classes, concerts, and other programs. The Hershey Community Theatre with an interior design that is a direct reflection of Milton Hershey’s love of Venice, was cleverly designed to simulate a Byzantine castle, complete with balconies on windowed towers. This grand theater is the host of some of the best Broadway plays and musical shows ever performed, such as, A Chorus Line, Cats, Carousel, and Les Miserables.

Residents of Hershey have the opportunity to enjoy the numerous daily attractions that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to Hersheypark and Arena, Hershey Museum and Theater, Hershey Gardens and Arboretum, and ZooAmerica for a wide variety of professional athletic, cultural, and entertainment exhibitions.

Entertainment Expand answer

Country Club of Hershey
1000 E. Derry Road

Derry Township Parks and Recreation
(parks, tennis courts, athletic fields, and a playground)
605 Cocoa Ave.

Hershey Bears Hockey (AHL)
100 W. Hersheypark Dr.

Hershey Public Library
701 Cocoa Ave.

Hershey School of Dance
1176 Mae St., Hummelstown

Hershey Theatre
15 E. Caracas Ave.

100 W. Hersheypark Dr.

Hersheypark Arena and Stadium
Box Office, 717-534-3911

Hershey’s Chocolate World
100 W. Hersheypark Dr.

Food Expand answer

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
1181 Mae St., Hummelstown

Dafnos Italian Grille
1190 W. Chocolate Ave., Hummelstown

Friendly’s Restaurant
1000 Reese Ave.

1221 W. Chocolate Ave.

Duke’s Bar & Grille
1715 E. Chocolate Ave.

Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli
1201 W. Chocolate Ave., Hummelstown

Pizza Hut
1406 E. Chocolate Ave.

Red Robin Burger & Spirits
621 Park Ave.

Your Place Restaurant
1077 W. Governor Road

The Hershey Pantry
801 E. Chocolate Ave.

27 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey

Hershey Grill
Route 322 at Hershey Lodge

Khana Indian Bistro
709 Fishburn Road, Hershey

Sawasdee Thai
1319 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey

The Bear’s Den
Route 322 at Hershey Lodge

200 E. Hershey Park Dr., Hershey

News Expand answer


  • Hershey Chronicle – 717-533-2900
  • The Patriot News – 717-975-9770
  • The Paxton Herald – 717-545-9540
  • The Sun – 717-566-3251

News Radio Stations

  • WHP AM 580
  • WLBR AM 1270
  • WITF FM 89.5 and 93.3

TV News Stations

  • WGAL Channel 8 (NBC)
  • WHTM Channel 27 (ABC)
  • WHP Channel 21 (CBS)
Schools Expand answer

The Hershey area has several options for public and private schools, as well as numerous daycares/preschools.


Penn State College of Medicine is located in Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, which is served by Derry Township School District.

Derry Township Public Schools (Homestead Road)
Primary Elementary School – 717-531-2211
Intermediate Elementary School – 717-531-2277
Middle School – 717-531-2222
High School – 717-531-2244

Hershey Christian School

Hilltop Christian Nursery School

Mountain View Christian School
34 Sipe Ave

St. Joan of Arc School
329 W Areba Ave

Other Local School Districts
Other public school districts in the greater Hershey area include:


Derry Preschool
850 Hill Church Road, Hummelstown

CCLC @ Hershey
667 Cherry Dr.

KinderCare Learning Centers
667 Cherry Dr.

Tender Years Child Development Centers
50 E. Chocolate Ave.

Shopping Expand answer

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Bookstore
500 University Dr.

Mae Street, Hummelstown

Harrisburg East Mall
I-83 (Exit 26) & Paxton Street, Harrisburg

The Outlets at Hershey
46 Outlet Square

Other Regional Attractions Expand answer

In addition to the many attractions in the Hershey community, the surrounding area is a wealth of historical and family entertainment. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital, located twelve miles away, is the location of the State Museum of Pennsylvania; Senators baseball team at Riverside Stadium, City Island; State Library of Pennsylvania; The Museum of Scientific Discovery; Pennsylvania State Archives, and City Island, which host’s year round attractions and extensive special events for all ages.

Lancaster County has tours of authentic Amish farm life, The Heritage Center of Lancaster County with unique artifacts from the 18th and 19th century depicting the culture of the area, and the historic walking tour with guides dressed in colonial attire.

Gettysburg, 49 miles from Hershey, is the home of The Gettysburg National Military Park with monuments and cannons along miles of winding roadway silently marking the site of this decisive Civil War battle. The Eisenhower National Historic Site located near the battlefield was once the presidential retreat and retirement farm of our 34th president.