Hershey : Pennsylvania

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What it's Like to Retire in Hershey

The popular tourist town of Hershey (Chocolate Town USA), is also a great place to retire. 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 due to the generous legacies of Milton Hershey, founder of the famous chocolate company headquartered here.

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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 sale price in early 2014 was just about $200,000 according to city-data.com.

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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.
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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.
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Who will like retirement in Hershey

People who like living in a small town that is also a tourist center will like it here. There is a lot to do. The tourist business offers the potential for part-time work.
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Local economy is driven by

Tourism and the chocolate factory are the big drivers of the Hershey economy. But retirement is becoming a growth industry as well.
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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.
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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.

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Crime

Hershey's crime rate is below the national level.

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Medical facilities

Hershey Medical Center serves the town of Hershey
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Transportation

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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Valuable Links

Wikipedia entry for Hershey
Hershey Tourist Information
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Facts about HERSHEY
  • State: PA
  • Environment: College Town,Small Town,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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