|Motto: We're growing, one neighbor at a time|
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||James Eline, Sr.|
|• Total||1.6 sq mi (4 km2)|
|Elevation||627 ft (191 m)|
|• Density||2,517.0/sq mi (971.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Originally laid out by Peter Klein in 1760, the town was first named "Petersburg". German settlers in the area came to call the town "Kleine Stedtle". As confusion between the town and a neighboring town (also named "Petersburg", now York Springs grew, the town officially changed its name to Littlestown (essentially a translation of "Kleine Stedtle" from German) in 1795.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,947 people, 1,586 households, and 1,113 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,517.0 people per square mile (970.7/km²). There were 1,692 housing units at an average density of 1,079.0 per square mile (416.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.26% White, 0.56% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.
There were 1,586 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the borough the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $36,678, and the median income for a family was $42,261. Males had a median income of $31,055 versus $23,658 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,310. About 6.9% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
There are currently four branches of the school district: Rolling Acres Elementary (grades K to 3), the recently built 4th to 5th grade Alloway Creek, Maple Avenue Middle School (grades 6 to 8), and Littlestown High School (grades 9 to 12), home of the Thunderbolts.
- Escaped slave James W. C. Pennington
- Congressman James McSherry
- Stage actress/writer/dancer Myrtle Louise Stonesifer- King
- Congressman Joseph A. Goulden
- "History of Littlestown, Pennsylvania". Littlestown.info. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- "Where Industry and Agriculture Meet". Littlestown History Page. Littlestown.net. November 25, 2005. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- David Trask. "Slave to Abolitionist: James W. C. Pennington". Littlestown History Page. Littlestown.net. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- Pennsylvania Society of New York, Yearbook, 1916, page 58
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