Freeport, Pennsylvania

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
Borough
Downtown Freeport
Downtown Freeport
Freeport is located in Pennsylvania
Freeport
Freeport
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
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Armstrong
Settled 1796
Incorporated 1833
Government
 • Type Borough council
 • Mayor James Swartz, Jr.
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 790 ft (240 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,813
 • Density 1,428/sq mi (551.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 16229

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.[1] The first settlement was made at Freeport in the 1760s.[2] Freeport received its name from David Todd, who declared it a free and open port. The borough was incorporated in 1833.[3] Freeport was a port on the former Pennsylvania Canal.[4]

Geography[edit]

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).[5] 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.[1]

Streams[edit]

The Kiskiminetas River joins the Allegheny River near Freeport; specifically on its eastern bank between Schenley and Kiskiminetas Junction,[6] less than one mile northeast of Freeport.

Buffalo Creek enters the Allegheny River on its western bank at Freeport.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 727
1850 1,073 47.6%
1860 1,701 58.5%
1870 1,640 −3.6%
1880 1,614 −1.6%
1890 1,637 1.4%
1900 1,754 7.1%
1910 2,248 28.2%
1920 2,696 19.9%
1930 2,772 2.8%
1940 2,710 −2.2%
1950 2,685 −0.9%
1960 2,439 −9.2%
1970 2,375 −2.6%
1980 2,381 0.3%
1990 1,983 −16.7%
2000 1,962 −1.1%
2010 1,813 −7.6%
Est. 2015 1,743 [8] −3.9%
Sources:[9][10][11]

As of the census[10] 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.

Education[edit]

The Freeport Area School District [12] 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 are held at James Swartz Sr. Memorial Field in the borough. The field is also used for some varsity and junior varsity baseball games, and varsity boys' and girls' soccer games. A new stadium is under construction at the High School campus in Buffalo Township,[13] is on schedule, and is expected to open 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.

Government[edit]

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]

Television[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.[15]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Freeport borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Six Townships". Beaver County Times. July 2, 1975. p. 76. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Williams, Charles E. (2006). Along the Allegheny River: The Southern Watershed. Arcadia Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-7385-3846-4. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Kiskiminetas River". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Buffalo Creek". Geographic Names Information System. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "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 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.freeport.k12.pa.us/
  13. ^ http://www.freeport.k12.pa.us/domain/450
  14. ^ "Football Database: Greg Christy". 
  15. ^ http://www.nbc.com/revolution/episode-guide/season-1/587593/ties-that-bind/episode-108/645831/

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