Live & Work in Chambersburg


New Resident Information


Moving to Chambersburg or recently relocated to the Chambersburg area? Our annual Community Profile & Membership Directory provides detailed information about living and working in the greater Chambersburg area - from education to real estate to leisure activities and everything in between. This resource will help provide you with information needed to ensure a smooth transition for your family and/or business.

Click the button below to view the online version, or submit an Information Request for the Relocation Packet.



You may also use the resources below to for highlights about the area. Click on the link to jump to each section.

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Population
Boroughs in Franklin County
Cost of Living
Housing
Jobs
Schools
Health Care
Retirement
History
Arts & Culture
Outdoor Recreation
Major Industries in Franklin County
Taxes
Obtaining a PA Driver’s License
Franklin County Voter’s Registration
Utilities Information
View Additional Resources Here

For more information about living in Pennsylvania: www.pennsylvania.com/relocation


Relocation Packet Request


Request a relocation packet to be sent to your address. The packet includes the Chamber’s Business Directory & Community Profile, which is loaded with tons of information about the area and a listing of local businesses. The packet also includes a variety of additional resources, such as local publications, pamphlets from businesses of interest and more. Click here to request a Relocation Packet.


Please Note: A nominal fee will apply to cover the cost of postage. Once your information is submitted, someone from the Chamber will be in touch regarding payment for this package. Once payment is made, the packet will be mailed.


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Population


Franklin County 2010 Census Information
The Borough of Chambersburg has a population of 20,268, according to the 2010 Census. Greene, Guilford, Hamilton, Letterkenny, Lurgan and St. Thomas townships - other municipalities in the greater Chambersburg area - have 52,423 residents, bringing the total population of the area to 78,626. Franklin County was the fourth fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania in the last Census. Franklin County’s population estimate as of 2014 is 152,892.

Click here for more detailed demographic information about Chambersburg.


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Boroughs in Franklin County


Chambersburg is located in Franklin County, which serves as the county seat. In addition to Chambersburg, other boroughs in the county are:

Greencastle - population of 3,996
Mercersburg - population of 1,516
Waynesboro - population of 10,568.
Shippensburg (partially in Franklin County and partially in Cumberland County) - population of 5,492


The greater Chambersburg area comprises nearly half of Franklin County’s population. Franklin County is 774 square miles and Chambersburg is 6.9 square miles. Click here to view a map of the area.


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Cost of Living


The cost of living in Chambersburg is 11.6% less than the Pennsylvania average, and 10.2% less than the national average. The tax climate is a favorable one. Pensions are not taxed in Pennsylvania, and Franklin County's taxes are among the 10 lowest of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.


Click here for more information about prices in Chambersburg - from homes to gas to cups of coffee.


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Housing


Homes are available for nearly every budget. An excellent way to get started on your search for a new home is to visit the real estate listings in the business directory: business.chambersburg.org - Real Estate.


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Jobs


Unemployment in Franklin County is among the lowest in Pennsylvania, and lower than the rate in Pennsylvania and the rate in the U.S. (Click here to see the latest unemployment statistics - then click on Chambersburg.) The current market provides job seekers with a variety of opportunities.


Local job search resources:

Franklin County Works - www.franklincountyworks.com (temporarily hosted on the Chamber's Job Board)
Employment Services Business Directory Listings - business.chambersburg.org
Chambersburg Public Opinion - www.publicopiniononline.com/jobs
Pennsylvania Careerlink  - www.cwds.pa.gov 


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Schools


The Borough of Chambersburg and the townships of Greene, Guilford, Hamilton, Letterkenny and Lurgan are served by the Chambersburg Area School District (CASD), which enrolls over 8,700 students. It has 13 elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. It also has a Career Magnet School, focusing on science, technology, math and engineering. Visit the CASD website to learn more: www.chambersburg.k12.pa.us.


The greater Chambersburg area also has a variety of private, parochial, residential, technical and special education schools, as well as a number of colleges and universities. View the Schools, Colleges & Universities section of the business directory for a full list: business.chambersburg.org - Schools, Colleges & Universities


If you are a new resident to Pennsylvania, you may want to peruse the state’s Department of Education website.


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Health Care


Chambersburg has a strong selection of health care opportunities. The two primary health care providers are Summit Health and Keystone Health.

Chambersburg Hospital, part of the Summit Health system, serves the greater Chambersburg area with a 24-hour intensive care unit, a coronary care unit, pediatric unit and acute and general care services.

Keystone Health is a full-service, family-centered, primary care facility that focuses on affordable health care. It was one of the first Federally Qualified Health Centers in the country to develop urgent care, crisis intervention and cardiology centers.


For additional information on health services and health care providers, visit the Health Care category in the business directory: business.chambersburg.org - Health Care.


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Retirement


Chambersburg and Waynesboro were ranked in the top 10 best places to retire in Pennsylvania by the Movoto real estate blog in 2014. Area retirees have many options in housing and personal care, with a variety of communities offering services and recreational opportunities that add to the quality of life. 


For the active retiree looking for volunteer opportunities or ways to get involved in the community, search through the community and civic organizations listed in the business directory: business.chambersburg.org - Community & Civic Organizations


View a list of area retirement communities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the business directory: business.chambersburg.org - Retirement


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History


Did you know Chambersburg is the only town north of the Mason-Dixon line to be burned by the Confederates during the Civil War? From Civil War history to frontier life, the Chambersburg area is rich with culture and history and has access to a number of historic and cultural sites within Franklin County, as well as in neighboring counties and states. We encourage you to explore some of these historical sites:

Allison-Antrim Museum - www.greencastlemuseum.org
Antietam National Battlefield (MD) - www.nps.gov/anti
Appalacian Trail Museum - www.atmuseum.org
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours - www.civilwarseminars.org
Chambersburg Heritage Center - www.chambersburg.org
Conococheague Institute - www.fortedwards.org/cwffa/conoc
Franklin County Historical Society - pafch.tripod.com
Gettysburg National Military Park - www.nps.gov/gett
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (WV) - www.nps.gov/hafe
Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor - www.lhhc.org
Pennsylvania Forest Fire Museum - www.paforestfiremuseum.org
Preserving Our Heritage Archives & Museum - preservingourheritage.homestead.com
Renfrew Museum & Park - www.renfrewmuseum.org


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Arts & Culture


There are also variety of quality arts venues throughout the area. In Chambersburg, The Capitol Theatre Center, built around a charming and historic 1927 movie house, is the hub of the town's cultural activity. The Center, located downtown at 159 South Main Street, houses the Capitol Theatre, The Wood Center Stage, Council for the Arts, Caledonia Theater Company, Chambersburg Community Theatre, and Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School and Youth Company. 

Regional theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, also brings art to the area thought professional theatrical productions. Pennsylvania’s premiere summer stock theatre is located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg.

Education in the arts is vital for any community, and Chambersburg has wonderful art and music education opportunities for people of all ages. Cumberland Valley School of Music offers a variety of music programs and sessions, and the Council for the Arts hosts regular studio art classes in a variety of media.

For local artists, an artist co-operative is also in the works for Chambersburg. The Foundry has a mission to develop a community for creatives that fosters, encourages and celebrates the diverse talents within the Cumberland Valley, giving artists an opportunity to network, create, exhibit, and sell their work.

As you can see, there's lots of arts offerings in the Chambersburg area. For more arts, culture and entertainment, view the business directory: business.chambersburg.org - Arts, Culture & Entertainment


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Outdoor Recreation


Chambersburg is nestled in the beautiful Cumberland Valley, with its rich soils and rolling hills. Outdoor activities are plentiful in the area, from golfing to fishing and more. The greater Chambersburg area has access to several state parks:

Buchanan State Park - www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/buchanansbirthplace
Caledonia State Park - www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/caledonia
Colonel Denning State Park - www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/coloneldenning
Cowan’s Gap State Park - www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cowansgap
Kings Gap Training and Environmental Education Center - www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/kingsgap
Mont Alto State Park - www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/montalto
Pine Grove Furnace State Park - www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/pinegrovefurnace 


In addition to having close access to the hiking, picnicking and camping that may be enjoyed at the nearby state parks, Chambersburg has a number of local parks for families and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Chambersburg also has a Rail-Trail, beginning near Industrial Drive and ending at Commerce Street. Visit the Borough of Chambersburg Recreation Department website for a map of community parks: www.chambersburgpa.gov/rec_dep.


View more of the area’s outdoor recreation opportunities in the business directory - business.chambersburg.org - Sports & Recreation


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Major Industries in Franklin County


The manufacturing and distribution industries remain strong in the greater Chambersburg area. Agriculture is another key industry in the county. Nearly half of Franklin County’s land is dedicated to agriculture. health care, education and government are top industries that employ many in the area. 


Top 10 Employers in Franklin County:
1. Letterkenny Army Depot - 3,500
2. Summit Health - 3,000
3. Manitowoc Crane Group - 1,800
4. Chambersburg Area School District - 1,100
5. Volvo Construction Equipment - 1,000
6. Franklin County Government - 675
7. Food Lion, Inc. - 625
8. Johnson Controls/Frick Co. - 620
9. Target Distribution Center #589 - 590
10. Waynesboro School District - 500
Employment numbers are approximate. 


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Taxes


Pennsylvania law allows local and county government and school districts to levy property and earned income taxes to fund the services they provide. Real estate property taxes are based on the assessed value of real estate. Questions on assessed value may be directed to Franklin County Assessment Office at 717-261-3801. 


The earned income and net profits tax charges 1.7% on residents earned income like wages, salaries or compensation for work. Unearned income - such as interest, dividends, pensions and Social Security - are exempt from this tax. Questions on this tax should be directed to the Chambersburg Wage Tax Office at 717-263-5141. Property tax questions should be directed to the local tax collectors.


Pennsylvania has a flat tax rate of 3.07% on earned and unearned income, excluding pension income. For additional information on Pennsylvania taxes, access the PA Department of Revenue website: www.revenue.state.pa.us.


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Obtaining a Pennsylvania Driver’s License


Visit the Driver’s License Center at 1320 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg and surrender your out-of-state driver’s license. The out-of-state license must be valid or have expired no more than six months ago. Pennsylvania requires a vision-screening test and proof of identification -- a passport, birth certificate or military ID and proof of residency such as a copy of a mortgage, lease or utility bill. 


For additional information about driving in Pennsylvania, visit the state’s transportation website for license and registration information.


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Franklin County Voter’s Registration


To register to vote in Franklin County, visit the Franklin County Voter’s Registration Office website, www.franklincountypa.gov/Pages/votersregistration, or contact them at 717-261-3886.


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Utilities

 

Electric Service

 

Allegheny Power

800-255-3443

 

Borough of Chambersburg

717-263-4111

Water Service

 

Bear Valley Water

717-369-2828

 

Borough of Chambersburg

717-263-4111

 

Borough of Greencastle

717-597-7143

 

Borough of Mercersburg

717-328-3116

 

Guilford Water Authority

717-263-2813

Gas Service

 

Borough of Chambersburg

717-263-4111

 

Columbia Gas

888-460-4332

Sewer Service

 

Antrim Township Sewer

717-597-9798

 

Borough of Chambersburg

717-263-4111

 

Borough of Greencastle

717-597-3225

 

Borough of Mercersburg

717-328-3324

 

Greene Township Sewer

717-263-5324

 

Guilford Township Sewer

717-264-7653

 

Hamilton Township Sewer

717-264-8959

 

Letterkenny Township Sewer

717-532-8716

 

St. Thomas Sewer

717-369-5890

Refuse Service

 

Borough of Chambersburg

717-261-3213

 

Waste Management

800-634-4595

 

IESI PA Corporation

717-709-1700

Local Telephone Service

 

CenturyLink

800-786-6272

Cable TV

 

Comcast Cable

800-266-2278

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Chambersburg Map

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Welcome Packet


Planning to move or new to the area? Contact us for information to help get you acquainted with the area. We know you'll love our small town charm!

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Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A  |  Chambersburg, PA 17201 
(717) 264-7101  |  Fax: (717) 267-0399