New Galilee, Pennsylvania
|New Galilee, Pennsylvania|
|Motto: The Best Kept Secret in Beaver County|
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Don Cripe|
|• Total||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)|
|Elevation||958 ft (292 m)|
|• Density||1,522.5/sq mi (587.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
New Galilee is located at .(40.833271, -80.399462)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 424 people, 174 households, and 120 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,522.5 people per square mile (584.7/km²). There were 189 housing units at an average density of 678.6 per square mile (260.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.34% White, 2.12% African American, 1.18% Native American, 0.24% Asian, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.
There were 174 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% 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 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,649. About 11.1% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.
New Galilee is also known as the birthplace of the "Gilkey" Potato. The Gilkey Potato was first brought into Pennsylvania in 1797 by John Gilkey. Starting in Lawrence County, John Gilkey started planting 3 different varieties of potatoes- red, white and blue. These three potatoes quickly cross pollinated to create a new potato, which he named Neshannock, after a small creek nearby. This new type of potato quickly became popular among local farmers for its productivity and better quality in taste. By 1875 this new potato that started in a little section of Pennsylvania, was prized by Americans from Philadelphia to San Francisco. And finally in the nineteenth century, the Neshannock became the standard commercial potato of the United States.
Recently, New Galilee celebrated its history with the 2012 New Galilee Potato Festival. The festival committee aims to stimulate economic growth and happiness in the community.
- "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.
- "Neshannock Potato Historical Marker". WITF, Inc. Retrieved 27 August 2012.