Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

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Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Houses on Baltimore St.
Houses on Baltimore St.
Location in York County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in York County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Dillsburg is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Dillsburg in Pennsylvania
Dillsburg is located in the United States
Dillsburg (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°06′41″N 77°02′09″W / 40.11139°N 77.03583°W / 40.11139; -77.03583Coordinates: 40°06′41″N 77°02′09″W / 40.11139°N 77.03583°W / 40.11139; -77.03583
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • MayorJohn Richardson
 • Council PresidentMatt Fawber
 • Council Vice-PresidentHolly Kelley
 • Borough ManagerKaren Diebler
 • Total0.80 sq mi (2.08 km2)
 • Land0.80 sq mi (2.08 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
659 ft (201 m)
 • Total2,643 Increase
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,215.44/sq mi (1,241.26/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s)717 and 223
FIPS code42-19208

Dillsburg is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,643 as of the 2020 census.[2]


Dillsburg is surrounded by Carroll Township in northwestern York County, Pennsylvania. 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.


The town is named for Matthew Dill, an immigrant from County Monaghan, Ireland, who settled the town in 1740. The village became a center for local agriculture.

During the Civil War's Gettysburg Campaign, Dillsburg was twice invaded by Confederate cavalry, first by Albert G. Jenkins's brigade, then by Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's division.

Dill's Tavern, founded in the 1750s with a current building constructed between 1794 and 1819,[3] and the Rev. Anderson B. Quay House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2021 (est.)2,636[2]−0.3%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,063 people, 902 households, and 579 families living in the borough. The population density was 2,600.7 people per square mile (1,008.3/km2). There were 936 housing units at an average density of 1,180.0 per square mile (457.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.19% White, 0.48% African American, 0.44% Native American, 1.21% Asian, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 902 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the borough, the population was spread out, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,530, and the median income for a family was $46,797. Males had a median income of $42,235 versus $21,995 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,801. About 7.5% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Town festivals[edit]

Dillsburg's Farmers' Fair celebration is held annually during the third weekend in October. Among the many attractions are the parades on Friday and Saturday evenings, the classic car and farm tractor parade Saturday afternoon, and Civil War reenactments at the nearby Dill's Tavern. A wide variety of food can be found, from common concessions to specialty theme items such as fried pickles and pickle soup.

Dillsburg drops a larger-than-life pickle on New Year's Eve in an event called the "Pickle Drop".[8]

District schools[edit]

Notable people[edit]

  • David A. Day (1851-1897), Lutheran missionary
  • Daniel J. Dill (1830-1917), Wisconsin State Assemblyman
  • Danny DiPrima (born 1991), Professional soccer player
  • Cody Eppley (born 1985), Professional baseball player
  • Dawn Keefer (born 1972), Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Chris Kilmore (born 1973), Keyboardist for the rock band Incubus
  • Henry Logan (1784-1866), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Quay (1833-1904), U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". Census.gov. US Census Bureau. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Dill's Tavern: Our History".
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ Kellar, Travis (2017-12-30). "Dillsburg cancels pickle drop, other New Year's Eve activities due to the cold". PennLive.com. Retrieved 2018-01-02.

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