New Paris, Pennsylvania

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New Paris, Pennsylvania
Borough
Memorial and park in New Paris
Memorial and park in New Paris
New Paris is located in Pennsylvania
New Paris
New Paris
Coordinates: 40°06′27″N 78°38′40″W / 40.10750°N 78.64444°W / 40.10750; -78.64444Coordinates: 40°06′27″N 78°38′40″W / 40.10750°N 78.64444°W / 40.10750; -78.64444
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bedford
Settled 1846
Incorporated 1882
Government
 • Type Borough Council
Area
 • Total 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
 • Land 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,650 ft (500 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 186
 • Density 3,224/sq mi (1,244.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 15554
Area code(s) 814

New Paris is a borough in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 186 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

This borough was first settled in 1846 by William Blackburn and was named in 1851. New Paris was officially incorporated as a borough on September 7, 1882.

Geography[edit]

New Paris is located in western Bedford County at 40°6′27″N 78°38′40″W / 40.10750°N 78.64444°W / 40.10750; -78.64444 (40.107564, -78.644470),[2] northwest of Bedford, north of Schellsburg and east-northeast of Somerset. It lies on the west side of Chestnut Ridge.

Pennsylvania Route 96 (Cortland Road) runs through the town, leading south 4.6 miles (7.4 km) to Schellsburg and U.S. Route 30, and north 5.5 miles (8.9 km) to Pleasantville and Pennsylvania Route 56.

According to the United States Census Bureau, New Paris has a total area of 0.058 square miles (0.15 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 196
1900 205 4.6%
1910 194 −5.4%
1920 197 1.5%
1930 207 5.1%
1940 201 −2.9%
1950 202 0.5%
1960 232 14.9%
1970 204 −12.1%
1980 199 −2.5%
1990 223 12.1%
2000 214 −4.0%
2010 186 −13.1%
Est. 2012 184 −1.1%
Sources:[3][4][5]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 214 people, 79 households, and 62 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,158.3 people per square mile (1,652.5/km²). There were 84 housing units at an average density of 1,632.2 per square mile (648.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.53% White and 0.47% Asian.

There were 79 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the borough the population was spread out with 32.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,792, and the median income for a family was $34,375. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $21,042 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,279. About 11.5% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 17.4% of those sixty five or over.

Education[edit]

There is one school in the area, the New Paris Elementary School. It houses kindergarten through fourth grades in the Chestnut Ridge School District.

Media[edit]

The town has one newspaper, the New Paris Review. Originally called the New Paris Star, it was created in 1881 with C. S. Davis as its editor.

Gravity Hill[edit]

A road in New Paris offers the gravity hill phenomenon in which cars appear to roll uphill unaided, and even water appears to roll uphill.[6] A website offers a driving tour to explore this.[7]

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