Hershey is a census-designated place (CDP) in Derry Township, Dauphin County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Hershey's chocolates are made in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The community is located 14 miles east of Harrisburg and is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. Hershey has no legal status as an incorporated municipality and all municipal services are provided by Derry Township. The population was 12,569 at the 2000 census. It is popularly called "Chocolatetown, USA." Hershey is also referred to as "The Sweetest Place on Earth."
Hershey is accessible via Harrisburg International Airport, approximately 8 miles away. Amtrak's Keystone Service provides frequent rail service to the nearby towns of Middletown (9 miles), Harrisburg (13 miles) and Elizabethtown. Hershey uses cars and trains to go places as well as CAT and LT (formerly known as COLT) provide bus service. From 1944 to 1981, Hershey had its own small general aviation airport.
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The community is home to The Hershey Company which also makes the well-known Hershey Bar and Hershey's Kisses, as well as the parent to the H. B. Reese Candy Company, manufacturer of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Hershey's Chocolate World is a factory store and virtual tour ride of The Hershey Company. Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company owns and operates Hersheypark, Hersheypark Stadium and other attractions such as ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, and is a major employer of the community and surrounding area. The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Milton Hershey School for underprivileged youth are also located in Hershey. The Pennsylvania State Police Academy is located north along Hersheypark Drive. In addition the Derry Township Police Department is a nationally recognized law enforcement agency. Hershey is also home to four world-class golf courses, a few museums, and an opulent spa.
The Vista School – a state approved, private school for children aged 3 to 21 years who are diagnosed with autism.
Milton Hershey School – a private philanthropic school founded in 1909 by chocolate magnate Milton Hershey to serve underprivileged children. Currently serves children from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Penn State College of Medicine - Medical school affiliated with the Hershey Medical Center