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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Hershey, Pennsylvania

The popular tourist town of Hershey (Chocolate Town USA) is an interesting place to live or visit, and also has the benefits of a small college scene. Hershey is located east of Harrisburg in the center of the state. For a town of 13,000 people there is a lot to do here.  It has a big amusement park, Hershey Gardens, and proximity to Harrisburg (the state capital). The Penn State Medical School is located in Hershey.  The town has a lot going for it from the generous legacies of Milton Hershey, founder of the famous chocolate company headquartered here.

Where to Retire in Hershey and Home Prices

Many active adult communities are being built in the area because of the availability of inexpensive land and the strong market for retirement living. Median home value was $313,700 in mid-2021, according to Zillow, which shows home prices have risen over 11% during the past year.

What Is Special about Hershey

Chocolate Town USA, "The Sweetest Place on Earth",  is a very popular tourist destination. Hershey Gardens, Hershey Park, Hershey Hotel, Hershey Stadium.

What Is Not Special about Hershey

Hershey is one of the most expensive communities in central Pennsylvania.  The state has high taxes and is economically depressed.

Climate and Physical Environment

Hershey is in the center of the state near the state capital, Harrisburg.  There are rolling hills and rivers in the area.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Hershey is set up for entertainment, from tours of the chocolate factory to the amusement parks; Hershey Museum of American Life;  Hershey Golf Course; Nearby Harrisburg has many bars and restaurants to choose from; Hershey Area Playhouse;  Philadelphia is about 84 miles away.


Hershey's crime rate is below the national level.

Medical Facilities

Hershey Medical Center serves the town of Hershey


Nearby Harrisburg has an airport, and it is about 80 miles to Philadelphia. Hershey is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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