Hallstead, Pennsylvania

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Hallstead, Pennsylvania
Hallstead, Pennsylvania
Hallstead, Pennsylvania
Hallstead, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Hallstead, Pennsylvania
Hallstead, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°57′45″N 75°44′55″W / 41.96250°N 75.74861°W / 41.96250; -75.74861Coordinates: 41°57′45″N 75°44′55″W / 41.96250°N 75.74861°W / 41.96250; -75.74861
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Susquehanna
Settled 1787
Incorporated 1874
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Willie Canfield
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,303
 • Density 3,257.5/sq mi (1,272.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 18822
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 879

Hallstead is a borough in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The population was 1,303 at the 2010 census.


Hallstead was settled in 1787. What is now Hallstead was incorporated as Great Bend Village on November 28, 1874. In 1887, it was renamed to Hallstead Borough in honor of William F. Hallstead, president of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad.[1][2]


Hallstead is located at 41°57′45″N 75°44′55″W / 41.96250°N 75.74861°W / 41.96250; -75.74861 (41.962425, -75.748598).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

The boroughs of Hallstead and nearby Great Bend are bisected by both Interstate 81 and the Susquehanna River.

Susquehanna River at Hallstead
Milk Can Corners in Hallstead


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,167
1900 1,404 20.3%
1910 1,538 9.5%
1920 1,261 −18.0%
1930 1,254 −0.6%
1940 1,293 3.1%
1950 1,445 11.8%
1960 1,580 9.3%
1970 1,447 −8.4%
1980 1,280 −11.5%
1990 1,274 −0.5%
2000 1,216 −4.6%
2010 1,303 7.2%
Est. 2012 1,290 −1.0%

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 1,303 people, 572 households, and 347 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,257.5 people per square mile (1,272.5/km²). There were 606 housing units at an average density of 1,515 per square mile (591.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.5% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1% of the population.

There were 572 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 58.4% from 18 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,649, and the median income for a family was $46,313. Males had a median income of $39,531 versus $21,481 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,181. About 10.9% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.


Hallstead lies in Blue Ridge School District. The Elementary, Middle and High Schools are all located about 9 miles (14 km) south of Hallstead. The Elementary School consists of Kindergarten to fifth grade with approximately 488 students in attendance. The Middle School consists of grades 6-8 and has approximately 297 students. The High School consists of grades 9-12 with approximately 429 students.

The School Board Consists of: Alan Hall (President), Christina Cosmello (Vice President), Joel Whitehead (Treasurer), Loren Small (Secretary), Christina Whitney, Harold Empett, John Ketchur, Cindy Gaughan, Shane Rumage, Laurie Brown-Bonner, and Robert McTiernan (Superintendent).[8]

The Foundry[edit]

The Foundry consists of 27 acres (110,000 m2) of land on Main Street in Hallstead. During the early 1900s it was a manufacturer of lead crystal but after almost three decades ownership shifted and it became a major foundry.

"Through a partnership with the local municipality and the current property owner, a $125,000 grant was obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to conduct a detailed subsurface investigation to define existing environmental conditions so a plan for the remediation and redevelopment of the property could be prepared, with the ultimate goal of replacing an eyesore to the community with a productive, job-producing asset for the local economy."[9]

Library System[edit]

The Hallstead-Great Bend Branch Library is located on 201 Franklin Street, Hallstead PA.

  • November 1899—There was mention in a local paper that there were arrangements made for a "Citizen's Library"
  • December 1915—A concrete lock-up building was constructed by Alfred E. Badgley for $1900 for the Hallstead Boro
  • September 1916—The Hallstead Women's Christian Temperance Union opened a "Reading Room" to the public
  • 1917—Rented a room in the Lamb House at the corner of Susquehanna & Pine Streets, started with 40 books
  • 1918—Moved to William Richard house, outgrew the rooms
  • November 1920—The Hallstead Public Library moved to present location (201 Franklin Street), sharing facilities with local jail.
  • 1929—The Civic Club formed a Book Club
  • 1931—The Civic Club began sponsoring the library.
  • April 1936—The Civic Club took over running the library
  • 1976—Children's Room donated in memory of Alfred Hall
  • 1999—Joined with the Susquehanna County Library System and became the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch Library[10]


  1. ^ "Great Bend Township". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 147. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
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External links[edit]

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