Cost of Living,
Hershey's Real Estate Market
Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Area
Profile: Capital-city complex Location: Southeast-central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River Elevation: 351 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital, features a nondescript, fairly unattractive downtown for a capital city. Amenities include an assortment of historic museums and a nice waterfront strip along the Susquehanna River. Beyond downtown, residential and industrial areas spread across the river into Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg to the west. The economy isn’t spectacular but is projected to grow because of the area’s relatively low cost of doing business and the strategic central location along key surface transportation routes within the eastern United States.
The city has some minor-league sports and other recreational amenities, but overall is quieter with less to do than many capital cities of its size. Carlisle is a satellite town 12 miles west, a fairly non-descript but growing retail, commercial and residential center. It also serves as a trucking hub at the junction of the northeast-southwest I-81 and the east-west Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cost of living is low for a capital city, especially in this region.
Harrisburg is in the Great Valley of the eastern foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. The landscape rises rapidly to the west into the main Allegheny ridge and becomes rolling to more level to the east. Thick deciduous forests cover the mountains with agricultural areas to the east and south. The Blue Mountain ridge serves as a barrier to modify the severe winter climate experienced 50 to 100 miles to the north and west. Summers are warm and humid as landforms allow warm, moist air to invade from the southwest. The city receives substantial precipitation. Occasional late summer and fall hurricanes produce downpours. First freeze is late October, last is late April.
Interesting Facts about Hershey, Pennsylvania
As of 2014, Hershey's population is 13,890 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 10.35 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Hershey is $194,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -0.70 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Hershey's cost of living is 5.20% Higher than the U.S. average.--------------------
Hershey public schools spend $15,367 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.7 students per teacher in Hershey.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Hershey is 4.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Hershey jobs have Increased by 2.34 percent.
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Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Hershey's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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