Milton, Pennsylvania

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Milton, Pennsylvania
Milton's old railroad depot and current borough office.
Milton's old railroad depot and current borough office.
Location of Milton in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Milton in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Milton is located in Pennsylvania
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Milton is located in the United States
Milton (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°00′43″N 76°51′15″W / 41.01194°N 76.85417°W / 41.01194; -76.85417Coordinates: 41°00′43″N 76°51′15″W / 41.01194°N 76.85417°W / 41.01194; -76.85417
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (borough)1817
 • MayorEd Nelson[1]
 • Total3.73 sq mi (9.67 km2)
 • Land3.44 sq mi (8.90 km2)
 • Water0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
505 ft (154 m)
 • Total7,042
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,991.56/sq mi (769.00/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST)EDT
ZIP code
Area code(s)570 and 272
FIPS code42-50016

Milton is a borough in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, on the West Branch Susquehanna River, 50 miles (80 km) north of Harrisburg, located in Central Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River Valley. It is about 10 miles upriver from the mouth of the West Branch Susquehanna River and about 30 miles downriver of Williamsport.


Settled in 1770, it was incorporated in 1817, and is governed by a charter that was revised in 1890. Formerly, its extensive manufacturing plants included car and woodworking machinery shops; rolling, flour, knitting, planing, and saw mills; washer, nut, and bolt works; and furniture, shoe, couch, nail, fly net, bamboo novelty, and paper-box factories. In 1900, 6,175 people lived in Milton. In 1940, 8,313 people lived there. The population was 6,650 at the 2000 census, and 7,042 at the 2010 census.

The Milton Historic District, Pennsylvania Canal and Limestone Run Aqueduct, Milton Armory, and Milton Freight Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


At the turn of the 20th century, several industrial and manufacturing companies were located within the borough. The six principal industries were Samuel J. Shimer & Sons, the Milton Manufacturing Company, the American Car and Foundry Company, the F.A. Godcharles Company, the Sydney H. Souter Silk Company, and the West Branch Novelty Company. Many smaller businesses flourished in parallel with the large manufacturing companies during this early period, which made the borough an industrial center in the region at the time.[5]


Milton is located at 41°1′3″N 76°51′3″W / 41.01750°N 76.85083°W / 41.01750; -76.85083 (41.017413, −76.850758).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (7.73%) is covered by water.

Milton's terrain is mostly flat with some scattered hills. The borough is home to the Milton State Park, and is served by Pennsylvania Route 254, Pennsylvania Route 405, and Pennsylvania Route 642.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20186,743[3]−4.2%
Milton Post Office

As of the census[9] of 2000, 6,650 people, 2,762 households, and 1,748 families resided in the borough. The population density was 1,922.6 people per square mile (742.1/km²). The 3,000 housing units averaged 867.3 per square mile (334.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.81% White, 2.38% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.95% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.17% of the population.

2010 Census[edit]

As of 2010, the 7,042 people populating the borough were 88.4% White, 4.5% African American, and 6.2% Hispanic. The community has a growing Puerto Rican population. The Hispanic population has tripled since the 2000 census.

Of the 2,762 households, 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were not families. About 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% 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 distributed as 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,252, and for a family was $38,438. Males had a median income of $30,636 versus $21,384 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,980. About 10.6% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


Map of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, public school districts

The local public school system, Milton Area School District, serves just over 2000 students. Enrollment is projected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to decline significantly over the next 10 years.[when?] In 2005, Standard & Poors reported the district's student to teacher ratio was 13.9 to 1.[12]

Milton High School has a 59.9% graduation rate according to the district report card 2005–2006. In 11th grade, 46.4% were proficient in math. For reading, 43.2% were proficient in 2005–2006.[13] The high school is ranked 600th out of 606 public high schools in Pennsylvania.[14]

In 2007, the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked the district 356th out of 499 Pennsylvania school districts based on three years of Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment test scores.[15]

The Montandon Elementary School earned a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award for outstanding performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment for 2004. The students scored 97.7% proficient or better in mathematics and 72.4% proficient in reading.[16]

The Milton Area School Board set the budget at $24.8 million for 2011–2013. The board levies a variety of taxes to support its programs. Taxes include 48.39 mills real estate tax in 2007 for district properties located in Northumberland County. For properties located in White Deer Township, Union County, the real estate property tax was set at 10.10 mills.[17]

By law, the local public school must provide transportation to schools within 10 mi (16 km) of the borders of the school district at no charge to the student.[18]

Several alternative schools, including parochial and charter, are available in the region.



In 2006, these crime statistics were reported to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System by the city police department:

Criminal homicide – 0
Robbery – 1
Assaults – 69
Property offenses – 218
Arson – 2
Drug violations – 15
Total alcohol-related crimes – 61[19]


In 2007, these crime statistics were reported to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System by the city police department:

Criminal homicide – 0
Sex-related offenses – 2
Robbery – 0
Assaults – 56
Property offenses – 194
Arson – 2
Drug violations – 14
Total alcohol-related crimes – 89[20]


  1. ^ "Milton Borough | Council And Staff". Archived from the original on 2018-01-29. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Venios, George S. (2003). Chronicles and Legends of Milton II, p. 24. Reed Hann Litho. Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "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 June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "POLLOCK, James - Biographical Information". Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  12. ^ School Matters, Standard & Poors.Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Dept Of Education - Academic Achievement Report". September 27, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  14. ^ " -- Search for elementary, middle, and high schools". September 27, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  15. ^ Valley schools all over the chart, Daily Item, June 6, 2007
  16. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education". Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  17. ^ School board adopts $24.8M budget, Daily Item, June 22, 2007
  18. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education" (PDF). Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  19. ^ Are You Aware? Archived October 9, 2004, at the Library of Congress Web Archives Pennsylvania State Police Focus Report 2006.
  20. ^ Are You Aware? Pennsylvania State Police Focus Report 2007. Archived October 9, 2004, at the Library of Congress Web Archives

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