Wrightsville, Pennsylvania

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Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
Wrights Ferry
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Wrightsville, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°01′28″N 76°31′52″W / 40.02444°N 76.53111°W / 40.02444; -76.53111Coordinates: 40°01′28″N 76°31′52″W / 40.02444°N 76.53111°W / 40.02444; -76.53111
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County York
Settled 1811
Incorporated 1834
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Neil Habecker
 • Council President Greg Scritchfield
 • Council Vice President Janelle Shannon
 • Council members Kathy Abel
Crystal Bolton
Edward Sipes
Scott Loercher
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
Elevation 390 ft (120 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,310
 • Density 3,900/sq mi (1,500/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17368
Area code(s) 717
Website www.wrightsvilleborough.com

Wrightsville is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,310 at the 2010 census.[1] Wrightsville borough has a police department, historic society, and a volunteer fire company.


Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge in 2014 (foreground)

The world's longest covered bridge, at 5,960 feet (1,820 m), once spanned the Susquehanna from Wrightsville to neighboring Columbia in Lancaster County. Built in 1814, it was destroyed by high water and ice in 1832. A replacement bridge was burned the night of June 28, 1863, by state militia during the Gettysburg Campaign in the American Civil War. Confederate troops under John Brown Gordon formed a bucket brigade to save the town from fire. Yet another replacement covered bridge was destroyed by a windstorm a few years later.

The final bridge, the Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, was a steel open-air bridge constructed in 1896. It was razed in the early 1960s because of obsolescence and restructuring of the railroad industry.

Wrightsville was the northern terminus of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, which extended to Havre de Grace, Maryland.

In 2007, Wrightsville was the chosen location for the rekindling of the War of the Roses between the York Revolution and the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball teams. Wrightsville was chosen for its location on the Susquehanna River, the boundary between York and Lancaster counties.

The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge and Wrightsville Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


Wrightsville is located at 40°1′28″N 76°31′52″W / 40.02444°N 76.53111°W / 40.02444; -76.53111 (40.024481, -76.531221).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,310
1860 1,360 3.8%
1870 1,544 13.5%
1880 1,776 15.0%
1890 1,912 7.7%
1900 2,266 18.5%
1910 2,051 −9.5%
1920 1,943 −5.3%
1930 2,247 15.6%
1940 2,120 −5.7%
1950 2,104 −0.8%
1960 2,345 11.5%
1970 2,668 13.8%
1980 2,365 −11.4%
1990 2,396 1.3%
2000 2,223 −7.2%
2010 2,310 3.9%
Est. 2012 2,297 −0.6%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,223 people, 955 households, and 606 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,572.8 people per square mile (1,384.4/km²). There were 1,009 housing units at an average density of 1,621.7 per square mile (628.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.62% White, 0.40% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.02% of the population.

There were 955 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,379, and the median income for a family was $47,083. Males had a median income of $33,587 versus $23,073 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,711. About 4.9% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

Fire/EMS protection[edit]

Organized in 1887, the Wrightsville Steam Fire Engine and Hose Company #1 (York County Station 41) protects approximately 10,000 citizens of Wrightsville Borough, Hellam Township, and Hallam Borough. The company has an all-volunteer staffing of 35 active firefighters, as well as 7 support staff and a junior fire department (ages 14–17).

The Wrightsville Fire Department is a participating department with the state's professional certification system in which over 95% of its members are trained to the Proboard Firefighter 1&2 and Hazardous Materials Operations levels. The department maintains an average response time of less than two minutes, and a crew of about 11 personnel on calls. This is considered above standards in today's volunteer fire service. In 2010, the department ran a total of 652 calls for service - which has been rising within the last few years.

The department is located at 125 South Second St. in Wrightsville. The facility was completed in 1979, and currently houses three pieces of fire apparatus: a 1996 Seagrave rescue/pumper, a 2005 Seagrave pumper, and a 2005 Ford 550/Semo rescue truck. The fire company utilizes the most updated technology available to firefighters in today's fire service.

Aside from fire/rescue services, Station 41 provides Quick Response Services (QRS) to residents in Wrightsville Borough and Hellam Township. This includes basic emergency medical care provided by Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Responders, until qualified paramedics arrive.


Wrightsville is served by the Eastern York School District (one of 500 Pennsylvania public school districts).[7] Students may also attend one of the Commonwealth's cyber charter schools at no additional cost to the family or student. The local school district pays the Pennsylvania Department of Education set tuition fee to the cyber charter school that the student chooses to attend. By Pennsylvania law, charter school students have access to all extracurriculars and sports programs at the local public school district. Alternatively, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania permits parents to home school their children or they may attend a private school.[8]


Mud Runs are a popular activity involving mud. Participants run a distance of 3 miles to as long as 10 miles, while crawling through mud bogs, and battling other obstacles. Popular mud runs include Tough Mudder, CerebRun, and Warrior Dash. CerebRun will be held in Wrightsville, Pa.[9]


  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Wrightsville borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  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. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data - Eastern York School District, 2012
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Charter Schools, 2013
  9. ^ http://www.cerebrun.com/cerebrun-events/


Further reading[edit]

  • Marcello, Ronald E. Small Town America in World War II: War Stories from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (University of North Texas Press, 2014) 452 pp.

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