Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania

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Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania
Borough
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Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°51′22″N 76°46′01″W / 39.85611°N 76.76694°W / 39.85611; -76.76694Coordinates: 39°51′22″N 76°46′01″W / 39.85611°N 76.76694°W / 39.85611; -76.76694
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County York
Settled 1740
Incorporated 1892
Government
 • Type Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)
Elevation 476 ft (145 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 517
 • Density 470/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17360
Area code(s) 717

Seven Valleys is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 517 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

The Seven Valleys basin was settled by forty families of the German Lutheran and Reformed faiths. They originated in the Hunsruck Mountains of the Rhineland Palatinate and arrived in this valley of the Codorus during the early fall of 1738. The lush meadows and gently rolling hills here reminded them of their homeland, even to the presence of seven valleys in the vicinity, and they called it Das Siebenthal, which in German means Seven Valleys.

By 1752 these religious hardworking farmers had organized churches and parochial schools, and holding fast to their German heritage, worshipped God and taught their children in the Pfalzer dialect of the German language for nearly 150 years.

Friedensaal Church about two miles south of town

With the coming of the railroad in 1838 and the opportunity to trade commercially with the outside world, the use of the English language gradually crept into the culture and by the end of the Civil War the use of German slowly began fading into the background.

In 1854 iron ore was discovered here and a great wave of prosperity swept the people of the valley : hell-bent-for-leather" on into their golden age of the late 19th and early 20th century.

During the American Civil War, Seven Valleys served as an important stop along the North Central Railroad, and witnessed President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train pass by en route to Harrisburg.

On August 23, 1892 the village of Seven Valleys was incorporated into an independent entity and took its place among the small industrial towns of southern York County.

During its hey-day Seven Valleys was singularly noted for the manufacture of cigars and ice cream. The town boasted three physicians, one undertaker, two school teachers, two general stores, two hotels, two churches, two secret lodges, a baseball team, a feed and flour mill, two ice crem plants, a blacksmith shop, four cigar factories and a sewing factory, as well as numerous small entrepreneurial enterprises. It was a large railroad shipping point for cattle destined for the Baltimore markets and after a bank was founded in 1910 became the financial center for both North Codorus and Springfield Townships.

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The Bridge 5+92, Northern Central Railway was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[2]

Northern Central Railroad bridge over Main Street

Geography[edit]

Seven Valleys is located at 39°51′22″N 76°46′1″W / 39.85611°N 76.76694°W / 39.85611; -76.76694 (39.855975, -76.766920)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 428
1910 365 −14.7%
1920 384 5.2%
1930 405 5.5%
1940 398 −1.7%
1950 437 9.8%
1960 515 17.8%
1970 688 33.6%
1980 500 −27.3%
1990 483 −3.4%
2000 492 1.9%
2010 517 5.1%
Est. 2012 512 −1.0%
Sources:[4][5][6]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 492 people, 188 households, and 134 families residing in the borough. The population density was 430.2 people per square mile (166.6/km²). There were 204 housing units at an average density of 178.4 per square mile (69.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.97% White, 0.81% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.81% from other races, and 0.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

Post office

There were 188 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the borough the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,542, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $31,591 versus $21,912 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,544. About 2.3% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

A portion of the borough lies within the Dallastown Area School District, with students attending Loganville-Springfield Elementary, Dallastown Area Middle School, and Dallastown Area High School.

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