Millerstown, Pennsylvania

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Millerstown, Pennsylvania
House in Millerstown
House in Millerstown
Motto: Perry County's Oldest Planned Town
Millerstown, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Millerstown, Pennsylvania
Millerstown, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°33′03″N 77°09′17″W / 40.55083°N 77.15472°W / 40.55083; -77.15472Coordinates: 40°33′03″N 77°09′17″W / 40.55083°N 77.15472°W / 40.55083; -77.15472
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Perry
Settled 1780
Incorporated 1849
 • Mayor John Kerns
 • Secretary/Treasurer Karen Knellinger
 • Solicitor Steven Miner
 • Tax Collector Kimberly Savercool
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Elevation 459 ft (140 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 673
 • Density 788.7/sq mi (304.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17062
Area code(s) 717
Website Millerstown, Pennsylvania

Millerstown is a borough in northern Perry County, Pennsylvania, United States located (via road) 29 miles (47 km) northwest of Harrisburg and 29 miles (47 km) southwest of Selinsgrove. The population was 673 at the 2010 Census.[1] The borough is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Millerstown is located on a tract of land originally sold to James Gallagher on September 23, 1766, however, there is evidence that a small town named "Smithfield" was founded by him before then.

This plot of ground was later sold to David Miller on September 1, 1780, who filed for a patent in 1790 for the "laying out of the town," thus making Miller's Town the first town to be plotted for sale in the territory at that time comprising Perry County. Miller's Town was later combined to form Millerstown.

Millerstown Borough was incorporated February 12, 1849, and the first meeting of the newly formed town council was held on April 14, 1849. Abraham Addams was the first chief burgess (mayor), and John M. Cauffman, Christian Beck, James R. Gilmer, and Jacob Emerick, were members of the first Borough Council. Thomas P. Cochran was the first council clerk with a salary of $2.50 a year.

Millerstown is home to many old stone houses, some dating back to the 18th century.


Millerstown is located at 40°33′3″N 77°9′17″W / 40.55083°N 77.15472°W / 40.55083; -77.15472 (40.550884, -77.154659),[2] along the Juniata River in northern Perry County, at the junctions of U.S. Routes 22 and 322 and Pennsylvania Route 17. It is 33 miles northwest of the state capital, Harrisburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (6.52%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 371
1850 389 4.9%
1860 378 −2.8%
1870 533 41.0%
1880 652 22.3%
1890 594 −8.9%
1900 555 −6.6%
1910 549 −1.1%
1920 616 12.2%
1930 689 11.9%
1940 684 −0.7%
1950 682 −0.3%
1960 675 −1.0%
1970 612 −9.3%
1980 550 −10.1%
1990 646 17.5%
2000 679 5.1%
2010 673 −0.9%
Est. 2015 675 [3] 0.3%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 679 people, 275 households, and 196 families residing in the borough. The population density was 788.7 people per square mile (304.8/km²). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 339.2 per square mile (131.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.12% White, 0.29% African American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 275 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 79.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,750, and the median income for a family was $53,173. Males had a median income of $37,159 versus $24,732 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,289. About 2.0% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Public services[edit]

Public services are funded by several local taxes. Residents of the boro pay a $5 per year per capita tax, a $25 per year occupation tax and a real estate tax rate of 0.93750 mills levied on property owners.[7] Additionally they must pay a 1.75% local earned income tax and a 14.06 mills real estate tax to the Greenwood School District.

Millerstown is served by the Millerstown Fire Department & Ambulance League.


Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Millerstown may attend the local, public schools operated by Greenwood School District which provides full day kindergarten through 12th grade. The district is headquartered in the borough. In 2013, the District's enrollment declined to 784 students. In 2016, Greenwood School District ranked 115th out of 493 public school districts for academic achievement of its pupils, by the Pittsburgh Business Times.[8] The District's 2016 graduation rate was 100%.[9]

High School students and adults can attend the publicly funded Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School which is located in Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County. CPAVTA provides students training in the: construction and mechanical trades, culinary arts, health aids, computer technical careers and other fields. Students may also attend Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA) online education programs. The service is operated by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15.

Millerstown residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 13 public cyber charter schools (in 2015) at no additional cost to the parents. 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.[10][11] 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. In 2015, the tuition fees for Greenwood School District were: Elementary School - $8,290.62, High School - $11,248.81.[12]

Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Millerstown. Early screening, special education services, speech and hearing therapy 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.

Community members have access to the Community Library of West Perry County in Blain; the Bloomfield Public Library which is located in New Bloomfield and to the statewide PA Power Library [1] which is an online library funded with tax dollars through the state's annual education budget.

School aged residents may also attend the Capital Area School for the Arts which is an arts charter school located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Armstrong Valley Christian School is one of several private schools that are also available to the borough's residents.

Millerstown residents have access to Harrisburg Area Community College. People residing in the community fund HACC in part through an annual payment made by Greenwood School District.[13] Twenty two local public school districts are required to contribute annually to HACC regardless of whether any residents are attending the college. Full-time students from these districts, who attend HACC, pay $1,674 for 12 credit hours.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Perry County Commissioners, 2017 PERRY COUNTY MILLAGE RATES, 2017
  8. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 12, 2016). "Chester County district leads statewide Honor Roll 2016". 
  9. ^ PDE, Graduation rate by LEA and School, 2016
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (May 2015). "Pennsylvania Public School District Tuition Rates". 
  13. ^ cate McKissick (April 15, 2013). "Harrisburg school district OKs smaller HACC contribution amount for next year". 

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