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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Peace Lutheran Church
Peace Lutheran Church
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Cumberland
Settled 1750
Incorporated 1885
 • Total 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
423 ft (129 m)
 • Total 7,888
 • Density 3,717/sq mi (1,435.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 717

Camp Hill is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA, 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Harrisburg. It is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,888 at the 2010 census. 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, Harsco Corporation, and Gannett Fleming.


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). 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 United States Census Bureau, Camp Hill has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 467
1890 191 −59.1%
1900 360 88.5%
1910 874 142.8%
1920 1,636 87.2%
1930 3,111 90.2%
1940 3,630 16.7%
1950 5,934 63.5%
1960 8,559 44.2%
1970 9,931 16.0%
1980 8,422 −15.2%
1990 7,831 −7.0%
2000 7,636 −2.5%
2010 7,888 3.3%
Est. 2015 7,923 0.4%

At the 2000 census, there were 7,636 people, 3,387 households and 2,157 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,552.0 per square mile (1,371.3/km²). There were 3,529 housing units at an average density of 1,641.5 per square mile (633.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.08% White, 0.35% African American, 0.16% Native American, 2.25% Asian, 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 vand females $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.

The Peace Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

In popular culture

In Harry Turtledove's American Civil War alternate histories series of novels, unofficially titled Southern Victory", Camp Hill is an important macguffin, being the site of the definitive Confederate victory in 1862, helping to end the War of Secession with the CSA's independence.

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