Hershey is a somewhat small town located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 14,374 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hershey is the 68th largest community in Pennsylvania.
Hershey real estate is some of the most expensive in Pennsylvania, although Hershey house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Hershey is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.30% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hershey is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hershey who work in management occupations (11.09%), healthcare (11.07%), and teaching (10.52%).
Also of interest is that Hershey has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.39% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Even though Hershey is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Hershey is a pretty powerful place. 50.22% of the adults in Hershey have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Hershey in 2010 was $35,513, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $142,052 for a family of four. However, Hershey contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hershey is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hershey home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hershey residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hershey include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Hershey is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.