Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

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Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Borough
Downtown Mifflinburg
Downtown Mifflinburg
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°55′08″N 77°02′48″W / 40.91889°N 77.04667°W / 40.91889; -77.04667Coordinates: 40°55′08″N 77°02′48″W / 40.91889°N 77.04667°W / 40.91889; -77.04667
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Union
Settled 1792
Incorporated (borough) 1827
Area
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,594
 • Density 1,976.0/sq mi (762.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)
Zip code 17844
Area code(s) 570
Website Borough of Mifflinburg

Mifflinburg is a borough in Union County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,594 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

In 1792, S. Lulis and Catharina Jungman (Youngman) and their two children, came from Fort Augusta (now Sunbury) Pennsylvania to the Buffalo Valley to settle on land given to them by Catharina’s father. They divided the land into 60’ by 120’ plots that were sold to other adventurous settlers, many of them German, and the village of Youngmanstown was formed. A few years later George Rote (Rhoade) laid out a village just east of Youngmanstown, known as Greenville or Rotestown, after George’s death. Eventually, the two settlements merged at Third Street. In 1827 the two villages combined and were incorporated. The combined village was named Mifflinburg, in honor of Thomas Mifflin, the first Governor of Pennsylvania after the 1790 Constitution.

In 1845, George Swentzel set up Mifflinburg's first buggy business. Soon other buggy manufacturers set up their own shops in Mifflinburg, and by 1855, with a population of 800, Mifflinburg hosted thirteen coachmakers. By the 1880s, with more than fifty buggy and sleigh factories, Mifflinburg became known as “Buggy Town” because its buggy makers produced more horse-drawn vehicles per capita than any other town in the state.

The Mifflinburg Historic District, Hassenplug Bridge, and William A. Heiss House and Buggy Shop are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Geography[edit]

Mifflinburg is located at 40°55′8″N 77°2′48″W / 40.91889°N 77.04667°W / 40.91889; -77.04667 (40.918939, -77.046800),[2] about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Williamsport.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 37
(3)
42
(6)
52
(11)
65
(18)
76
(24)
83
(28)
87
(31)
85
(29)
77
(25)
66
(19)
52
(11)
41
(5)
63.6
(17.5)
Average low °F (°C) 17
(−8)
20
(−7)
27
(−3)
37
(3)
46
(8)
55
(13)
59
(15)
58
(14)
51
(11)
39
(4)
31
(−1)
22
(−6)
38.5
(3.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.18
(80.8)
2.90
(73.7)
3.52
(89.4)
3.54
(89.9)
4.20
(106.7)
4.77
(121.2)
4.17
(105.9)
3.76
(95.5)
4.52
(114.8)
3.40
(86.4)
3.76
(95.5)
3.14
(79.8)
44.86
(1,139.4)
Source: The Weather Channel[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 783
1860 865 10.5%
1870 911 5.3%
1880 1,168 28.2%
1890 1,417 21.3%
1900 1,436 1.3%
1910 1,559 8.6%
1920 1,744 11.9%
1930 1,959 12.3%
1940 2,090 6.7%
1950 2,259 8.1%
1960 2,476 9.6%
1970 2,607 5.3%
1980 3,151 20.9%
1990 3,480 10.4%
2000 3,594 3.3%
2010 3,540 −1.5%
Est. 2012 3,523 −0.5%
Sources:[4][5][6]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,594 people, 1,506 households, and 1,028 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,976.0 people per square mile (762.4/km²). There were 1,605 housing units at an average density of 882.4 per square mile (340.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.16% White, 0.45% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 1,506 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,906, and the median income for a family was $43,520. Males had a median income of $30,568 versus $21,315 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,161. About 7.6% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

There are no colleges or universities in Mifflinburg. The Mifflinburg Area School District has a number of its schools located in the borough. It has the high school (Mifflinburg Area High School), the middle school (Mifflinburg Area Middle School) and the Mifflinburg Area Intermediate School which opened for the 2006 school year. An elementary school (Mifflinburg Elementary School) is also located in the borough. As of the 2011 school year, the three elementary schools that were previously surrounding the district have been closed. All students outside the borough now go to Mifflinburg Elementary School. In 2007 the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked the district 203rd out of 499 Pennsylvania school districts based on three years of Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment test scores.[7]

SUN Area Technical Institute New Berlin, Union County, PA 17855 (570) 966-1031. SUN Tech is a regional school that provides area students with skills needed to compete in today’s job market and receive consideration for advanced college placement. SUN Tech also offers adult education classes, vocational education, and technical career training, serving over 1500 people annually. ISO9001 and Middle States Accredited. SUN Tech was presented with the Significant Achievement Award in Education for raising their Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program criteria score to 648 points, a 345 point increase from 303 points in August, 2000.

Residents also have a wide selection of alternative schools. By law, the local public school must provide transportation to schools within 10 miles of the borders of the school district at no charge to the student.

Hillside Christian Academy 1650 Centennial Road, Mifflinburg, PA 17844-0178 Founded in 1976 the school offers a k-12 curriculum. Member of the Accelerated Christian Education Association.

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16 serves the region from Montandon, Union County, PA. It provides specialized services to the district like professional development and special education support.

Economy and tourism[edit]

The Mifflinburg Christkindl market in 2012

Major employers include Weis Markets (a supermarket), Mifflinburg Area School District, CVS, Cole's Hardware, Ritz-Craft (a manufacturer of modular homes)[1], and Yorktowne (a cabinetry manufacturer). In 2005 Yorktowne management made the decision to move most of the Mifflinburg operations to Danville, Virginia, rather than comply with new air pollution regulations in Pennsylvania [2].

Major tourist attractions include

  • the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum [3], which celebrates the era (circa 1880 - 1915) when Mifflinburg was known as "Buggytown, USA" due to its reputation as a major manufacturer of quality horse-drawn carriages and sleighs
  • the annual "Christkindl Market" (a traditional German Christmas festival)[4]
  • the annual Fireman's Carnival and Parade, held in the last week of July, featuring an hours-long parade with local businesses, bands, tractors and clubs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Monthly Averages for Mifflinburg, PA". Weather.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "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. ^ "Valley schools all over the chart", Daily Item, June 12, 2007 http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/local_story_163000144.html

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