In the U.S. commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a borough is a self-governing municipal entity, best thought of as a town usually smaller than a city. There are 958 boroughs in Pennsylvania, but only one town. The alternative spelling "boro" is sometimes used, including official notation.
All municipalities in Pennsylvania are classified as either cities, boroughs, or townships. The only exception is the town of Bloomsburg, which is recognized by state government as the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania, and uses the distinction in its promotion. Many home rule municipalities remain classified as boroughs or townships for certain purposes even if the state's Borough and Township Codes no longer apply to them.
References and sources
- The Pennsylvania Manual, pp. 6–61.
- The Pennsylvania Manual, pp. 6–3.