Beavertown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania

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Beavertown, Pennsylvania
Borough
View of the eastern end of Beavertown
View of the eastern end of Beavertown
Beavertown, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Beavertown, Pennsylvania
Beavertown, Pennsylvania
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°45′13″N 77°10′08″W / 40.75361°N 77.16889°W / 40.75361; -77.16889Coordinates: 40°45′13″N 77°10′08″W / 40.75361°N 77.16889°W / 40.75361; -77.16889
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Snyder
Settled 1810
Incorporated (borough) 1914
Government
 • Mayor Cloyd W. Wagner
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
Elevation 650 ft (200 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 965
 • Density 1,132.9/sq mi (436.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)

Beavertown is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 965 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Beavertown is surrounded by Beaver Township.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 525
1930 604 15.0%
1940 664 9.9%
1950 700 5.4%
1960 738 5.4%
1970 783 6.1%
1980 853 8.9%
1990 877 2.8%
2000 870 −0.8%
2010 965 10.9%
Est. 2012 961 −0.4%
Sources:[1][2][3]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 870 people, 364 households, and 256 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,132.9 people per square mile (436.2/km²). There were 394 housing units at an average density of 513.0 per square mile (197.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.62% White, 0.11% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 364 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% 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 2.88.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $36,146, and the median income for a family was $43,088. Males had a median income of $30,515 versus $20,952 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,792. About 3.1% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Beavertown is governed by a council of seven elected officials. The Borough Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., except August, when it will be held the first Tuesday, at the Borough Office, Beavertown Borough Building, 111 West Walnut Street Beavertown, Pa. 17813 570-658-2482

The Beavertown Polling place is the Beavertown Borough Building. The Snyder County Election Calendar follows the state's calendar. Nomination Petitions can be obtained at the Commissioners Office in the Snyder County Courthouse.

Snyder County Government directory

Beavertown is in the 82nd Legislative District for the Pennsylvania General Assembly held by C. Adam Harris whose office is located on Main St., Middleburg. Pennsylvania Senate District 27 is held by Senator John Gordner. Beavertown is in the United States House of Representatives 10th District held by Rep. Tom Marino in 2014. Pennsylvania is represented in the United States Senate by Senator Bob Casey, Jr. and Senator Patrick Toomey.

Education[edit]

Map of Snyder County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Beavertown may attend the local, public schools operated by Midd-West School District which provides full day kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2013, the Midd-West School District's enrollment declined to 2,200 students.[4] In 2010, Midd-West School District enrollment was 2,194 pupils.[5] Midd-West School District operates: Midd-West High School (8th-12th), Midd-West Middle School (6th-7th), Middleburg Elementary School (K-5th), and West Snyder Elementary School (K-5th). In 2013, Midd-West School District’s graduation rate was 86%.[6]

In 2013, the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Midd-West School District 313th out of 496 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils.[7] In 2012, Midd-West School District achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) despite the low academic achievement at the high school.[8]

High school aged students can attend the taxpayer funded SUN Area Technical Institute, located in New Berlin, for training in the building trades, auto mechanics, culinary arts, allied health careers and other areas. SUN Area Technical Institute is funded by a consortium of the school districts, which includes: Midd-West School District, Lewisburg Area School District, Shikellamy School District, Mifflinburg Area School District and Selinsgrove Area School District.

Beavertown residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 14 public cyber charter schools (in 2013) at no additional cost to the parents. This includes SusQ Cyber Charter School which is locally operated. The resident’s public school district is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.[9][10] The tuition rate that Midd-West School District must pay was $9,626.31 in 2012. By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit #16 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Beavertown. Early screening, special education services, speech and hearing therapy, autistic support, preschool classes and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements. Intermediate units receive taxpayer funding: through subsidies paid by member school districts; through direct charges to users for some services; through the successful application for state and federal competitive grants and through private grants.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in Bloomsburg. It is one of the 14 state universities that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Eleventh and twelfth grade students in Beavertown may attend the University at a significant tuition discount through its Dual Enrollment program earning college credits while still earning their high school diploma. Additionally, Bloomsburg University operates a summer college program called ACE [1], where high school aged students can earn credits at a 75% tuition discount. The credits are transferable to many other Pennsylvania universities through the state’s TRAC system. [2]

Libraries[edit]

Beavertown Community Library is a public library that is part of the Snyder County Library system. It is located 111 W. Walnut Street, Beavertown. (570)-658-3437 Patrons have free use of the PA Power Library and Access Pennsylvania which provide extensive online resources for children and adults. There are also branches of the library system in the Community Building in Middleburg and on Library Lane in McClure.

Snyder County Historical Society 30 East Market St., Middleburg, PA.17842 570-837-6191 Museum and Library Research services are provided for a fee.

The State Library of Pennsylvania Commonwealth & Walnut Sts., Harrisburg, PA. This library provides information for State Government and citizens, collects and preserves Pennsylvania's written heritage through materials published for, by, and about Pennsylvania.

Other information[edit]

Beavertown was the seasonal home of Davy Jones, a member of The Monkees.

Beavertown was originally called Swifttown. It was named after John Swift who settled there having received a grant for the land in 1760. He sold the land to Jacob Lechner. He named the town after Swift. Captain Fredrick Evans surveyed the land into lots in 1810. When the first post office was opened in 1830, it was renamed Beavertown after the local mammals.[11]

See also[edit]

  • LuLu, a car manufactured in Beavertown

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "District Fast Facts - Midd_West School District". 
  5. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data - Midd-West School District, 2010
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "Midd-West High School School Performance Profile 2013". 
  7. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 5, 2013). "Guide to Pennsylvania Schools Statewide ranking 2013". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Midd-West School District AYP Overview 2012". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools". 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?". 
  11. ^ The Writings of Agnes Selin Schoch, reprinted by Snyder County Times, February 23, 2008.