Hershey, PA

Census Place

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Population
14,542
1.7% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
Median Age
40.8

Poverty Rate
7.51%

Median Household Income
$62,834
10.5% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$270,700
8.71% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
8,072
9.96% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Hershey, PA had a population of 14.5k people with a median age of 40.8 and a median household income of $62,834. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Hershey, PA declined from 14,793 to 14,542, a -1.7% decrease and its median household income grew from $56,875 to $62,834, a 10.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Hershey, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (87%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.23%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.34%), White (Hispanic) (2.07%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.68%). NaNk% of the people in Hershey, PA speak a non-English language, and 96.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hershey, PA are Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine (220 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Hershey, PA is $270,700, and the homeownership rate is 50.9%. Most people in Hershey, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Hershey, PA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Pennsylvania across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Pennsylvania went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 49.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (46.5%), followed by Other (4.05%). The most partisan county was Fulton County, PA with 84.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Hershey, PA is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Pennsylvania
49.4% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Pennsylvania
  1. 84.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 82.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 82.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Pennsylvania was Fulton County, PA with 84.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Pennsylvania colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Hershey, PA have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Hershey, PA is home to a population of 14.5k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2018, 7.87% of Hershey, PA residents were born outside of the country (1.14k people).

In 2018, there were 20.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.6k people) in Hershey, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 615 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 485 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Hershey, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    12.6k ± 1.25k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    615 ± 183
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    485 ± 213
3.72%
Hispanic Population
541 people

In 2018, there were 20.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.6k people) in Hershey, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 615 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 485 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.72% of the people in Hershey, PA are hispanic (541 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Hershey, PA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.87%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.14k people
9.44%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.4k people

As of 2018, 7.87% of Hershey, PA residents (1.14k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Hershey, PA was 9.44%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 15.3
36
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 7.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Hershey, PA was 40.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Hershey, PA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Hershey, PA residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    81,562 ± 6,989 people
  2. China
    63,036 ± 6,149 people
  3. Mexico
    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

96.2%
2018 Citizenship
95.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.2% of Hershey, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Hershey, PA was 95.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    229 ± 82
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    196 ± 121
  3. Korea
    119 ± 55

Hershey, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Hershey, PA is $62,834. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Hershey, PA was Census Tract 241.05 with a value of $91,102, followed by Census Tract 241.02 and Census Tract 243, with respective values of $79,318 and $64,363.

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Hershey, PA employs 8.07k people. The largest industries in Hershey, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,539 people), Educational Services (1,936 people), and Retail Trade (721 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($152,708), Manufacturing ($90,446), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($85,625).

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,834
2018 value
± $4,563
10.5%
1 Year Growth
± 9.22%

Households in Hershey, PA have a median annual income of $62,834, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,875 in 2017, which represents a 10.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039
Average Male Salary in Pennsylvania
± $1,040
$49,502
Average Female Salary in Pennsylvania
± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Pennsylvania
  1. Asian
    $61,450 ± $4,076
  2. White
    $51,412 ± $642
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Pennsylvania.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Hershey, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.469
2017 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2016 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 241.05
  2. Census Tract 241.02
  3. Census Tract 243

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hershey, PA was Census Tract 241.05 with a value of $91,102, followed by Census Tract 241.02 and Census Tract 243, with respective values of $79,318 and $64,363.

The following map shows all of the places in Hershey, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.51% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hershey, PA (1.09k out of 14.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    868 ± 213
  2. Black
    82 ± 108
  3. Hispanic
    66 ± 96

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hershey, PA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

8.07k
2018 Value
± 3,241
9.96%
1 Year growth
± 39.8%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Hershey, PA grew at a rate of 9.96%, from 7.34k employees to 8.07k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hershey, PA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,617 people), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1,168 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (685 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hershey, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Hershey, PA, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,617 people), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1,168 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (685 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Hershey, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Personal Care & Service Occupations (5.11 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3.32 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (2.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Hershey, PA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($143,155), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($116,979), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($84,583).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.07k
2018 Value
± 3,241
9.96%
1 Year growth
± 39.8%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Hershey, PA grew at a rate of 9.96%, from 7.34k employees to 8.07k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hershey, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,539 people), Educational Services (1,936 people), and Retail Trade (721 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hershey, PA, though some of these residents may live in Hershey, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Hershey, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,539 people), Educational Services (1,936 people), and Retail Trade (721 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Hershey, PA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.3 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.59 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Hershey, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($152,708), Manufacturing ($90,446), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($85,625).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $83B
  2. $50.6B
  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B
2015 Value in Pennsylvania
$954B
Projected 2045 Value in Pennsylvania
54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $61B
  2. $57.7B
  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Hershey, PA awarded 220 degrees. The student population of Hershey, PA is skewed towards women, with 417 male students and 512 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hershey, PA are White (129 and 63.9%), followed by Asian (30 and 14.9%), Unknown (17 and 8.42%), and Hispanic or Latino (12 and 5.94%).

The largest universities in Hershey, PA by number of degrees awarded are Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine (220 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Hershey, PA are Medicine (135 and 61.4%), Physician Assistant (28 and 12.7%), and General Public Health (16 and 7.27%).

The median tuition costs in Hershey, PA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 135 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 0 degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Professional Doctorate recipients in Hershey, PA was Medicine with 135 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Professional Doctorate from schools in Hershey, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
220 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Hershey, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine with 220 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

114
Degrees Awarded to Men
106
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 114 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hershey, PA, which is 1.08 times more than the 106 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    129 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    30 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    17 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Hershey, PA were to White students. These 129 degrees mean that there were 4.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 30 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hershey, PA was $270,700 in 2018, which is 1.18 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $249,000 to $270,700, a 8.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Hershey, PA is 50.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Hershey, PA have an average commute time of 15.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Hershey, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$270,700
2018 Median
± $17,044
$249,000
2017 Median
± $16,251

In 2018, the median property value in Hershey, PA grew to to $270,700 from the previous year's value of $249,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Hershey, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hershey, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

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$62,834
Median Household Income
± $4,563
5.49k
Number of Households
± 448

In 2018, the median household income of the 5.49k households in Hershey, PA grew to $62,834 from the previous year's value of $56,875.

The following chart displays the households in Hershey, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Hershey, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hershey, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

50.9%
2018 Homeownership
51.1%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 50.9% of the housing units in Hershey, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 51.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Hershey, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

15.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hershey, PA have a shorter commute time (15.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.67% of the workforce in Hershey, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    59.5%
  2. Worked At Home
    16.7%
  3. Walked
    16.3%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Hershey, PA was Drove Alone (59.5%), followed by those who Worked At Home (16.7%) and those who Walked (16.3%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Hershey, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Hershey, PA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

97.3% of the population of Hershey, PA has health coverage, with 66.8% on employee plans, 3.54% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.4% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Pennsylvania was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Dauphin County, PA see 965 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.98% decrease from the previous year (1005 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1382 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 504 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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965 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dauphin County, PA

Primary care physicians in Dauphin County, PA see an average of 965 patients per year. This represents a 3.98% decrease from the previous year (1,005 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Dauphin County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Pennsylvania
$4,634
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,407
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,243
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

2.74%
Uninsured
66.8%
Employer Coverage
3.54%
Medicaid
13%
Medicare
12.6%
Non-Group
1.4%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hershey, PA declined by 62% from 7.22% to 2.74%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Hershey, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 16% prevalence
  2. 13.4% prevalence
  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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