Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania

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Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania
Borough
Benjamin B. Leas House
Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania
Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°17′49″N 77°52′29″W / 40.29694°N 77.87472°W / 40.29694; -77.87472Coordinates: 40°17′49″N 77°52′29″W / 40.29694°N 77.87472°W / 40.29694; -77.87472
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Huntingdon
Government
 • Type Borough Council
Area
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 140
 • Density 878.5/sq mi (339.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17260
Area code(s) 814
School District: Mount Union Area School District
Local phone exchanges: 447, 448

Shirleysburg is a borough in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 140 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Shirleysburg was originally the site of, and takes its name from Fort Shirley, a French and Indian War fort. The narrow gauge East Broad Top Railroad was constructed through Shirleysburg in 1873 and continued to serve the town until it ceased operations in 1956. Since 1960 EBT tourist trains have operated from Rockhill to Colgate Grove, just south of town, where a wye was constructed to turn trains. The inactive tracks pass through the community on their way to Mount Union.

The Benjamin B. Leas House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

Geography[edit]

Shirleysburg is located at 40°17′49″N 77°52′29″W / 40.29694°N 77.87472°W / 40.29694; -77.87472 (40.296892, -77.874652).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 247
1850 361 46.2%
1860 354 −1.9%
1870 320 −9.6%
1880 367 14.7%
1890 325 −11.4%
1900 230 −29.2%
1910 256 11.3%
1920 200 −21.9%
1930 217 8.5%
1940 242 11.5%
1950 241 −0.4%
1960 170 −29.5%
1970 238 40.0%
1980 147 −38.2%
1990 140 −4.8%
2000 140 0.0%
2010 150 7.1%
Est. 2015 148 [3] −1.3%
Sources:[4][5][6]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 140 people, 61 households, and 38 families residing in the borough. The population density was 878.5 people per square mile (337.8/km²). There were 64 housing units at an average density of 401.6 per square mile (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.86% White, 1.43% Native American, 0.71% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 61 households, out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,586. There were 5.7% of families and 13.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 19.4% of under eighteens and 22.2% of those over 64.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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.