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Statistics & Facts

The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.
The population of Palmyra is approximately 7,096 (2000), 7320 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,120 (1990), 3263 (2010).
The amount of land area in Palmyra is 4.817 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Palmyra is 1.9 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Palmyra to Washington DC is 99 miles.
The distance to the Pennsylvania state capital is 15 miles. (as the crow flies)
Palmyra is positioned 40.30 degrees north of the equator and 76.59 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Palmyra elevation is 460 feet above sea level.
Palmyra median income is $ 39,677 (2000).
The Palmyra median home price is $ 94,400 (2000).
Palmyra average annual precipitation is 42.8 inches peryear.
The average winter temperature is 27.8 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 49.7 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 72.7 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 52.0 degrees F.


east of Harrisburg. Nearby communities include Campbelltown, Hershey, Annville, Cleona, Hummelstown, Timber Hills, Skyline View and Mount Gretna.
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History & History Related Items

Dr. John Palm (1713-1799) is known as the founder of Palmyra having secured his 100 acre tract of land here in 1766. The town was first known as Palmstown to honor its founder. This happened on 1 april 1804 when the post office was established. It was changed to Palmyra in 1805, but no one knows exactly why the change was made.

Palmyra was once the name of an ancient caravan city (now called Tudmur) in central Syria. A desert oasis, Palmyra dates past Biblical times. In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, Abraham gathers his family and possessions and begins the journey to the land of Canaan, a trip that took him through four regions whose town names appear in Wayne County: Palmyra, Damascus, Galilee, and finally Canaan. (If he lived in Wayne County today, he could stop off in Abrahamsville.) Biblical town names are not uncommon to eastern Pennsylvania. They include Nazareth, Ararat, Bethlehem and Mt. Carmel."
(from Name Origins of Northeast PA Towns by Mike O'Hara)

Here is a history page for Palmyra.
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The incorporation of Palmyra



Learn more about Palmyra at this informative site.
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Palmyra City Government

Borough of Palmyra Office
325 South Railroad Street
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078
Phone: (717) 838-6361

Palmyra Libraries

Borough of Palmyra
part of the Lebanon County Library System


The population of Palmyra was:
1845 - 150-165
1875 - 500
1890 - 1,768
1990 - 6,910
2000 - 7,096

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