Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania

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Aaronsburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 613 at the 2010 census.


Founded by Aaron Levy in 1786, and named for him,[1] The town's orderly planned and aligned streets were designed that the town might one day be the county seat. This, however never occurred due to the lack of water. The current county seat is Bellefonte.

Aaronsburg is home to two churches (Salem Lutheran and Reformed), three cemeteries, a library, historical museum, and a pottery shop.

In 1949 a pageant was held to celebrate Aaronsburg's unique history and namesake. Aaron Flynn, a Jewish merchant from Philadelphia, presented the town's residents with a pewter communion set as a gift. This unusual gesture inspired many, and 50,000 people descended upon Aaronsburg to commemorate it. Attendees included Ralph Bunche, Cornell Wilde, and, later, Ronald Reagan. A short film and book were written about this event.

The Aaronsburg Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[2]


Aaronsburg is located at 40°54′15″N 77°27′05″W / 40.904228°N 77.451282°W / 40.904228; -77.451282Coordinates: 40°54′15″N 77°27′05″W / 40.904228°N 77.451282°W / 40.904228; -77.451282, and according to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.888 square miles (2.30 km2), all of it land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 485
2010 613 26.4%

As of the 2010 US census, there were 613 people, 240 households, and 175 families residing in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.3% White, 0.2% Native American, with 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.[4] The population density in 2000 was 931.1 people per square mile (360.1/km²).[5]

There were 257 housing units, and 240 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals under 18 and 30.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.[4]

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 20 to 24, 25 from 25 to 44, 27% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 105 males.[4]

The 2000 data reported that median income for a household in the CDP was $40,833, and the median income for a family was $41,667. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $28,036 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,011. About 3.2% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.[5]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. p. 22. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Places - Pennsylvania". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  4. ^ a b c "Aaronsburg CDP (Centre County), Pennsylvania". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Aaron Levy, by Isabella H. Rosenbach and Abraham S. Wolf Rosenbach, in Publ. Am. Jew. Hist. Soc. No. 2, 1894, pp. 157–163.