A small, rural community located within easy driving distance from the metropolitan cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, Shippensburg, PA is ranked among the top 100 Best Small Towns in America. This scenic college town is known for its low cost of living and abundance of outdoor activities. With a perfect balance of agriculture, industry, and education, this city offers residents plenty of job opportunities and is an excellent place to raise a family.
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Located in Cumberland County, the small town of Shippensburg has a population of 5,558. It has a suburban feel and is home to many young professionals. Approximately 61 percent of city residents rent, while only about 39 percent own their homes. The median age here is 31, and demographics are primarily white (92.4%), Hispanic (5.4%) and black (3.1%). Politically, Shippensburg residents tend to lean conservative and Cumberland County voted Republican in the past five elections.
The median home value here is $142,700 and the average cost of rent is $782 per month. With a crime rate that's 49 percent lower than the United States average, this community is considered a very safe place to live. Browse the newest real estate listings in Shippensburg, PA.
The public schools in Shippensburg are above average. School test scores are 9 percent higher than the national average and the student-to-teacher ratio is 21 to 1. The top public schools include James Burd Elementary School, Nancy Grayson Elementary School, Shippensburg Area High School, Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, and Shippensburg Intermediate School.
Shippensburg is also home to Shippensburg University, which is the only state University in Pennsylvania to offer Bachelor's degrees in Civil, Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Engineering and in Entrepreneurship. Find homes in Shippensburg by school district.
The median household income in Shippensburg is $32,429 and the average cost of living is 4 percent less than the national average. The unemployment rate here is less than the U.S. average and job growth is positive. The most common industries in Shippensburg are retail trade, manufacturing, educational services, transportation, and arts, entertainment, and recreation.
Since it's a college town, there are plenty of entertainment and dining opportunities in Shippensburg. Both locals and visitors enjoy spending their time at Dilbert Planetarium, the Shippensburg Historical Society Museum, and contemporary art center The Thought Lot.
Shippensburg residents love shopping locally, and some of their favorite shopping spots include the Maplewood Farm Market and Toigo Farms. Residents also enjoy spending time outdoors at the many local parks swimming, biking, hiking, and picnicking. Some of the best family-friendly activities include playing miniature golf, disc golf, bowling, and visiting the town's arcade.
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