Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Camp Hill is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Harrisburg and is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle metropolitan statistical area. The population was 7,888 at the 2010 census.[3] There are many large corporations based in nearby East Pennsboro Township and Wormleysburg that use the Camp Hill postal address, including the Rite Aid Corporation and Harsco Corporation.

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Peace Lutheran Church
Location of Camp Hill in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Camp Hill in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Camp Hill is located in Pennsylvania
Camp Hill
Camp Hill
Location in Pennsylvania and the United States
Camp Hill is located in the United States
Camp Hill
Camp Hill
Camp Hill (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°14′28″N 76°55′34″W / 40.24111°N 76.92611°W / 40.24111; -76.92611
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • MayorMark Simpson
 • Total2.13 sq mi (5.50 km2)
 • Land2.13 sq mi (5.50 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
423 ft (129 m)
 • Total39,000
 • Density3,825.88/sq mi (1,477.14/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code717
FIPS code42-11000


Camp Hill is located in eastern Cumberland County at 40°14′28″N 76°55′34″W / 40.24111°N 76.92611°W / 40.24111; -76.92611 (40.241089, -76.926202).[4] It is bordered to the east by the borough of Lemoyne, to the south by the Lower Allen census-designated place within Lower Allen Township, to the west by Hampden Township, and to the north by East Pennsboro Township.

U.S. Routes 11 and 15 run through the western and northern sides of the borough, while Pennsylvania Route 581, the Capital Beltway, passes through the southern side, intersecting US 11/15 at Exits 5A/5B. Downtown Harrisburg, the state capital, is 3 miles (5 km) northeast of the center of Camp Hill, via either the Market Street Bridge or the M. Harvey Taylor Bridge across the Susquehanna River.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Camp Hill has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), all land.[3] It has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) with monthly averages ranging from 29.9°F in January to 74.8°F in July. [1] The local hardiness zone is 7a.


Historical population

At the 2000 census,[6] there were 7,636 people, 3,387 households and 2,157 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,552 inhabitants per square mile (1,371/km2). There were 3,529 housing units at an average density of 1,641.5 per square mile (633.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.08% White, 2.25% Asian, 0.35% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 3,387 households, of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.80.

21.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median household income was $50,774 and the median family income was $61,578. Males had a median income of $48,625, and $32,357 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,256. About 3.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


The name "Camp Hill" is believed to stem from a split in the congregation of a Peace Church, located west of the current borough. One faction of the church began meeting outdoors, on a hill. Prior to the Civil War, the area was known locally as White Hill, and was a stop along the Cumberland Valley Railroad between Harrisburg and Carlisle. During the Civil War, the Battle of Sporting Hill became the northernmost engagement of the Gettysburg Campaign, which took place at Camp Hill in late June 1863. Camp Hill was incorporated as a borough on November 10, 1885, from East Pennsboro Township.[citation needed] The Peace Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[8]


Penn State Holy Spirit, a 326-bed non-profit Catholic community hospital is located in Camp Hill and serves as the primary facility for its related health system.[9] The hospital was founded in 1963 and is sponsored by the Sisters of Christian Charity.[10]

Government and infrastructureEdit

State Correctional Institution - Camp Hill is located in nearby Lower Allen Township,[11][12] and the township formerly had the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.[13]


Rite Aid has its national headquarters in nearby East Pennsboro Township and uses a Camp Hill postal address.[14][15]

The Warrell Corporation is a confectionery manufacturing company based in Camp Hill.

Ames True Temper is a multinational corporation headquartered in Camp Hill.


The borough of Camp Hill is served by the Camp Hill School District which provides education beginning with half-day kindergarten through twelfth grade. Camp Hill High School serves students from the borough school district. Three other high schools are located in the surrounding community. Cedar Cliff High School, part of the West Shore School District, is located in nearby Lower Allen Township and uses a Camp Hill postal address. Trinity High School is a parish-driven Catholic high school administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. Within the Camp Hill postal address are also students from the Cumberland Valley School District, with Cumberland Valley High School located in nearby Silver Spring Township.

Notable peopleEdit

In popular cultureEdit

In Harry Turtledove's American Civil War alternate history series of novels, unofficially titled Southern Victory, Camp Hill is the site of a decisive battle in 1862. In the novels, General Lee's victory at the battle helped to end the War of Secession, granting the Confederacy full independence from the United States.


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  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Camp Hill borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ Holy Spirit Facts Holy Spirit Health System, accessed February 4, 2010.
  10. ^ About Holy Spirit Hospital, Holy Spirit Health System, accessed February 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "Lower Allen township, Pennsylvania Archived October 14, 2012, at" U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  12. ^ "Directions to SCI Camp Hill." Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  13. ^ "Welcome to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections." Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009. "2520 Lisburn Road, P.O. Box 598, Camp Hill, PA 17001-0598"
  14. ^ "Contact Us Archived March 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine." Rite Aid. Retrieved on June 19, 2010. "Contact our Home Office 30 Hunter Lane Camp Hill, PA 17011."
  15. ^ "Zoning Map Archived September 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." East Pennsboro Township. Retrieved on June 19, 2010.
  16. ^ "Black History, Kenneth J. Dunkley". Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2021.

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