Freeport, Pennsylvania

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
Downtown Freeport
Downtown Freeport
Location of Freeport in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Freeport in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Freeport is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Freeport in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°40′28″N 79°41′11″W / 40.67444°N 79.68639°W / 40.67444; -79.68639Coordinates: 40°40′28″N 79°41′11″W / 40.67444°N 79.68639°W / 40.67444; -79.68639
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough council
 • MayorJames Swartz, Jr.
 • Total1.30 sq mi (3.36 km2)
 • Land1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
790 ft (240 m)
 • Total1,813
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,320.47/sq mi (510.04/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s)724, 878
FIPS code42-27784

Freeport is a borough in Armstrong County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania; it is situated along the Allegheny River in the southwest corner of the county. The population was 1,813 at the 2010 Census.[3]


Freeport is located at 40°40′28″N 79°41′11″W / 40.67444°N 79.68639°W / 40.67444; -79.68639 (40.674337, -79.686320).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 2.20%, is water.[3]


The Kiskiminetas River joins the Allegheny River near Freeport; specifically on its eastern bank between Schenley and Kiskiminetas Junction,[5] less than one mile northeast of Freeport.

Buffalo Creek enters the Allegheny River on its western bank at Freeport.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,962 people, 878 households, and 532 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,697.9 people per square mile (653.0/km2). There were 944 housing units at an average density of 816.9 per square mile (314.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.42% White, 0.25% African American, 0.25% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

There were 878 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $28,565, and the median income for a family was $40,000. Males had a median income of $31,397 versus $21,690 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,845. About 8.0% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.


The Freeport Area School District [10] serves the borough.

Freeport was formerly home to Freeport Elementary School at 408 High Street, where all borough students attended kindergarten through 6th grade. In 2005, the school district decided to convert the school into the district's Kindergarten Center, where all of the district's students attended kindergarten until 2014. In 2014, the Kindergarten Center was closed and students attending were moved to the Elementary schools in Buffalo and South Buffalo Townships.

Completely new, or extensively remodeled Elementary School buildings were built between 2011 and 2013. Currently, the borough elementary students (Grades K-5) attend either Buffalo Elementary in Sarver, or South Buffalo Elementary in South Buffalo Township.

Grades 6-8 now attend the Freeport Middle School, a new facility opened in fall 2015 on the High School campus at 629 South Pike Road in Buffalo Township. Like the Kindergarten center, Freeport Junior High School was also formerly located in the town limits, at 325 4th Street and was permanently closed after the spring commencement in 2015.

Students attend 9th through 12th grade at Freeport Area Senior High School, at 621 South Pike Road in Buffalo Township.

The Freeport sports teams are known as the Yellow Jackets. Up until the close of the 2015–2016 school year, all of the district's varsity football home games were formerly held at James Swartz Sr. Memorial Field in the borough. The field was also used for some varsity and junior varsity baseball games, and varsity boys' and girls' soccer games. A new stadium was completed at the High School campus in Buffalo Township.[11] It opened in the fall of 2016. Beginning with the opening of the new Middle School building on the High School campus, band, chorus and other stage performances were moved to the new Middle School auditorium which is now the largest and best equipped venue in the school district.


Freeport's fire and rescue coverage is provided by Freeport Volunteer Fire Department, located at 400 Market Street. The department operates two engines, a rescue, a squad, and a river rescue boat with over 40 volunteers.

Medical coverage is provided by Freeport Emergency Medical Services. Freeport EMS utilizes three ALS certified ambulances with 13 Paramedics and 17 EMTs.

Notable people[edit]


Freeport was the setting for a scene in Episode 8 of NBC's apocalyptic television series Revolution, which aired in November 2012. The main characters are ambushed while trying to cross a bridge over the Allegheny River. They are turned back, and subsequently decide to attempt another bridge crossing in nearby Ford City, Pennsylvania.[13]


The first settlement was made at Freeport in the 1760s.[14] Freeport received its name from David Todd, who declared it a free and open port. The borough was incorporated in 1833.[15] Freeport was a port on the former Pennsylvania Canal.[16]

27 lots on the lands that would eventually become Freeport borough were conveyed by William and David Todd for $24 each in 1797. This land was originally part of Westmoreland County but by the time the town was laid out, it had been made part of Allegheny County.

This land was originally called Todd's Town after the founding Todd family, and it would go by this name until its incorporation in 1833. It was a proclamation by David Todd that gave the town the name of Freeport. Todd said: "all the ground between the houses on Water Street and the river shall be free to all the lot-owners, and that boats, rafts, and other river craft landing here should be free of wharfage. Ever since the laying out of the town, it is a free port for all the river craft; so, this town christened by the proprietors has ever since been called Freeport."[17]

Freeport's position on the Allegheny river gave it an ideal spot for industry and trade going to Pittsburgh. Therefore, it had several industrial businesses throughout the 19th century including the Lucesco Oil Refinery and the Freeport Brick Company. Remains of these businesses can still be seen on the river and are sometimes mistaken for the remains of the old Pennsylvania canal.[17]

Freeport P.O. appears in the 1876 Atlas of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.[18] Its early history is detailed in Robert Walter Smith's 1883 History of Armstrong County.[19] A more recent account of Freeport's history up to 2018 was published by Steven Gardner.[17]

See also[edit]

  • Baker Trail, a hiking trail whose southern terminus is across the river from Freeport.
  • Donald R. Lobaugh Bridge, spanning the Allegheny River between Freeport and Allegheny Township


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  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
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  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Kiskiminetas River". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  6. ^ "Buffalo Creek". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2016-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Football Database: Greg Christy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-22.
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  14. ^ "Six Townships". Beaver County Times. July 2, 1975. p. 76. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  15. ^ Williams, Charles E. (2006). Along the Allegheny River: The Southern Watershed. Arcadia Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-7385-3846-4.
  16. ^ Egle, William Henry (1883). History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Civil, Political and Military from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. E. M. Gardner. p. 337.
  17. ^ a b c Gardner, Steven (2018). History of an Allegheny River Town: Freeport, Pennsylvania. Morrisville, NC: Lulu Press, Inc. ISBN 978-1-387-87146-9.
  18. ^ "Atlas of Armstrong County Pennsylvania, page 69". Pomeroy, Whitman & Co. 1876. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  19. ^ Robert Walter Smith (1883). "History of Armstrong County Pennsylvania, Chapter 19, page 400". Chicago: Waterman, Watkins. Retrieved 7 November 2018.

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