The city of Palmyra, located in the scenic Lebanon Valley region of Pennsylvania, is near Hershey and Harrisburg. Palmyra’s is noted for its rich history, quality governmental services, excellent schools and a strong economic base. It is easy to see why potential homebuyers are attracted to the Palmyra area.
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Palmyra is a borough, governed by a council of elected officials. The borough delivers the services required of its citizens, including highway and road maintenance, a wastewater treatment plant, and the police department. The Palmyra Police Department provides 24-hour service with a chief of police, a lieutenant and seven full-time patrol officers. The council strives to manage the borough in manner that continues to make Palmyra a safe community to live.
There were more than 3,200 households in Palmyra, according to 2000 census data. The median Palmyra home value, according to 2011 data, was $149,995. This shows a significant increase in value from 2000 when the median home value in Palmyra was $93,200.
The Palmyra Area School District educates the majority of Palmyra’s children. With an enrollment of 3,247 students, Palmyra School District serves all of the borough of Palmyra as well as North Londonderry and South Londonderry townships, and the villages of Campbelltown, Lawn, and Mr. Gretna. The district encompasses an area of approximately 40 square miles.
The district has six school buildings all of when are located in Palmyra with the exception of the high school which is just outside borough limits in North Londonderry Township. The elementary schools include Lingle Avenue, Forge Road, Pine Street, and Northside Elementary. Lingle Avenue Elementary opened in the 2011-2012 school year. Palmyra Area School District employs 235 teachers, 155 full and part time support personnel and 15 administrators.
Palmyra is in close proximity to several universities and colleges, including Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg, which is approximately 11 miles away. Also nearby are Harrisburg Area Community College, Franklin and Marshall College, Messiah College, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, York College Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks.
Since the trading days of the Delaware Indians and the white traders, Palmyra has been a hub for commerce. In 1816, a direct road from Reading to Harrisburg traveled through the center of Palmyra. In 1827 the Union Canal was completed, linking the Schuykill and Susquehanna rivers. The landing for the canal was just north of Palmyra, bringing jobs and business to the region.
Because of its proximity to Harrisburg, the state capital, Lebanon, and Hershey, Palmyra is a community with a stable economic base. It is home to several companies, including ASK Foods, Inc. Dechert Dynamics Corp., and Klick-Lewis Inc.
The Palmyra Bologna Co. Inc., the makers of Seltzer’s Lebanon Bologna, is based in Palmyra.
The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, which represents Palmyra businesses, has been serving the community for more than 95 years. With more than 5,000 businesses in the Lebanon Valley, the chamber works to attract and retain businesses in the region. Some of the major companies include Kutztown/Weaver’s Bologna Co. and Seltzer’s Smokehouse Meats, creators of world-famous Lebanon Bologna.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the median income for a Palmyra household was $39,677. The median income for a Palmyra family was $49,091. The per capita income was $20,500.
Palmyra is home to innovative businesses. Here’s an interesting bit of local lore: Palmyra was the home of Valley Glen, a park that featured “The Flying Horse Machine.” For a nickel a ride, patrons could board this original carousel and ride a painted wooden horse. The machine was powered by a steam engine. The park owner created the Shooty-Chute, a 60-foot tree top catapult that flung riders through the air and into the water. A paddle boat called Steamboat Annie attracted leisurely riders. The area was a popular recreational amusement park for swimming, picnicking, and rides. According to local legend, while Milton Hershey was enjoying a visit to Glen Valley with employees, someone asked him why not build a park on his property where nothing would grow; hence, the beginnings of Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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|2010 to 2012 Changeup 1.3%|
|Age Distribution (Years Old)|
|0 to 46.2%|
|5 to 1722.7%|
|18 to 6453.5%|
|65 and Older17.6%|
|White (not Hispanic)85.6%|
|Place of Birth|
|High School Graduate, Age 25+84.9%|
|Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+18.7%|
|English is Second Language, Age 5+9.2%|
|English is First Language, Age 5+90.8%|
|Per Capita Income$26,238|
|Median Household Income$53,474|
|People in Poverty9.6%|
|Average Work Commute Time23 minutes|
|Total Housing Units56,041|
|Average Household Size2.48|
|Owner-Occupied Median Value$160,800|
|New Private Housing Issued 2012224|
|Years at Residence|
|1 Year or More88.5%|
|Less Than 1 Year11.5%|
|Business and Employment|
|Private non-farm Establishments2,610|
|Private non-farm Employment43,384|
|Private non-farm Employment Growthdown 0.1%|
|Number of Firms10,145|
|Business Ownership by Ethnicity and Gender|
|Value of Shipments$2,393,561,000|
|Accommodation and Food Services$11,612|
|Sales Per Capita$125,336,000|
|Land Area361.83 sq. miles|
|Population Per Square Mile370|
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