Grove City, Pennsylvania
South Broad Street
|Nickname(s): Crossroads of the East|
Location of Grove City in Mercer County
|• Mayor||Randy Riddle|
|• Total||2.7 sq mi (7 km2)|
|• Density||3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-5)|
Grove City is a borough in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of Pittsburgh, and 75 miles (121 km) south of Erie. It is the home of Grove City College, a private conservative Christian liberal arts college; General Electric; Instron; USIS; and a number of small businesses. It is also the home to George Junior Republic, an all-boys institution. GJR serves to house, school, and treat 400 high school-aged boys from troubled backgrounds. Historically a traditional industrial center, Grove City has manufactured locomotive engines, carriages, gas engines, foundry products, and motor trucks.
In 1900, the population numbered 1,599; in 1910, 3,674 people lived there; and in 1940, 6,296 people lived there. At the 2000 census, the population was 8,024. Grove City is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Grove City is located at (41.160290, -80.086911).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.75%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,024 people, 2,575 households, and 1,560 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,025.7 people per square mile (1,169.1/km²). There were 2,745 housing units at an average density of 1,035.1 per square mile (399.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.32% White, 0.64% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander,0.14% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.
There were 2,575 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the borough the population was spread out with 16.7% under the age of 18, 31.8% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 14.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $34,598, and the median income for a family was $46,676. Males had a median income of $36,467 versus $21,934 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,365. About 4.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Grove City has recently completed a revitalization of the downtown district designed to foster economic development. This involved a lengthy beautification initiative targeting the business district, which included the installation of two large community-based murals. The downtown area is composed mainly of small businesses, specialty shops, banking institutions and other service providers. The Wendell August Forge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, but destroyed by fire in 2010. Wendell August rebuilt its facilities after little delay. The new center is located in the Mercer, PA zip code.
Residents of Grove City Borough pay higher than local market rates for electricity. The Borough manipulates prices high so that they can collect more tax revenue without disclosing to its residents that they are taxing them via the electric utility bill.
Grove City is also home to the Grove City Premium Outlets, one of the top outlet malls of the United States. It is famous for attracting customers from outside the state and from Canada; primarily due to the lack of sales tax on clothing and shoes in Pennsylvania.
It will also be the home of Springfield Commons, a $120 million shopping center which began construction in 2014.
- Paul Kengor, author and professor at Grove City College.
- Edie Adams, actress and singer.
- Gary Peters, baseball player.
- Dick Stevenson, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
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