Downtown Chambersburg

Downtown Chambersburg offers an energetic atmosphere of exciting entertainment, delicious food, unique art, historical sites and memorable shopping experiences. When traveling through Franklin County, be sure to schedule a visit in our extraordinary downtown.

Families and young couples looking for wholesome entertainment will enjoy events happening in the downtown core. These range from festivals and live music to an outdoor stroll for First Fridays and the North Square Farmers Market. The historic Capitol Theatre also offers live stage performances for all ages.

Annual festivals attract thousands of people to downtown Chambersburg throughout the year. IceFest is a winter favorite that delights people of all ages with spectacular live ice carvings, a chili cook-off and more. Other festivals include ChambersFest, CrabFeast, Duck Derby and AppleFest.

Investment in downtown continues to grow with new projects scheduled to help shape its future. More than $100 million of investment is planned over the next few years, including the Franklin County Courthouse expansion and prime new living/work space at Rose Rent Lofts.

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Chambersburg at a Glance

Population (Franklin County)

Total Males: 75,503    Total Females: 78,248    Persons per Square Mile: 199.1

BY RACE

White, Non-Hispanic
Hispanic/Latino
Black or African American
Other

Franklin Co.

88.4%
5.4%
3.6%
2.6%

PA

76.8%
7.1%
10.6%
5.4%

Median Income

Median Household Income
Median Family Income

Franklin CO.

$59,713
$71,148

PA

$59,445
$75,477

Labor Force (Franklin County)

Civilian Labor Force: 77,349    Employed: 73,248
Unemployed: 4,101    Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

Land & Climate

Franklin County Land Area: 772.22 square miles
State Game Lands: 15,718 acres
Chambersburg Altitude: 640 ft. above sea level

 

Chambersburg Borough

Area: 6.9 square miles • Total Population: 20,734 • Median Family Income: $62,153
Elected Officials: Mayor Walter C. Bietsch – Ten members of Borough Council
Zip Code: 17201 • Borough Office: 100 South Second Street • Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: 717-264-5151Website: Borough.Chambersburg.pa.us

Chambersburg’s sister city is Gotemba, Japan. The relationship was suggested by Ms. Tsunako Negami from Gotemba when she studied at Wilson College in the 1920s. Chambersburg is one of 35 boroughs in Pennsylvania to own and operate an electric utility. 

Chambersburg is the largest municipal electric utility in the state and is one of only 50 communities nationwide to operate both an electric and natural gas system.

Source: U.S. Census – 2014-2018 American Community Survey Population Estimates • U.S. Census – 2014-2018 American Community Survey Selected Economic Characteristics
U.S. Census – 2014-2018 American Community Survey Demographic and Housing Estimates