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Aaronsburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania
Log house
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Location of Aaronsburg in Centre County
Location of Aaronsburg in Centre County
Location of Centre County in Pennsylvania
Location of Centre County in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°53′59″N 77°27′11″W / 40.89972°N 77.45306°W / 40.89972; -77.45306Coordinates: 40°53′59″N 77°27′11″W / 40.89972°N 77.45306°W / 40.89972; -77.45306
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Centre
Township Haines
Area
 • Total 0.89 sq mi (2.30 km2)
 • Land 0.89 sq mi (2.30 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
1,180 ft (360 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 613
 • Density 690/sq mi (266.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
16820
FIPS code 42-00100
GNIS feature ID 1168362

Aaronsburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 613 at the 2010 census.

History

The town was founded by Aaron Levy in 1786, and named for him. Its orderly planned and aligned streets were designed that the town might one day be the county seat. This, however, never occurred due to the lack of water. The current county seat is Bellefonte.

Aaronsburg is home to two churches (Salem Lutheran and Reformed), three cemeteries, a historical museum, and a pottery shop.

In 1949 a pageant was held to celebrate Aaronsburg's unique history and namesake. Aaron Levy, a Jewish merchant from Philadelphia, presented members of Salem Lutheran Church with a pewter communion set as a gift. This unusual gesture inspired many, and 50,000 people descended upon Aaronsburg to commemorate it. Attendees included Ralph Bunche, Cornel Wilde, and, later, Ronald Reagan. A short film and a book "The Aaronsburg Story" by Arthur Lewis were written about this event.

The Aaronsburg Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Geography

Aaronsburg is located in eastern Centre County, in the northwest corner of Haines Township. It is bordered on the west by the borough of Millheim. It sits in the Penns Valley at the southern base of Shriner Mountain. Pennsylvania Route 45 passes through the town, leading west into Millheim and then on to State College, and east to Lewisburg on the Susquehanna River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Aaronsburg CDP has a total area of 0.888 square miles (2.30 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 485
2010 613 26.4%

2010

As of the 2010 US census, there were 613 people, 240 households, and 175 families living in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.3% White, 0.2% Native American, with 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population. The population density in 2000 was 931.1 people per square mile (360.1/km2).

There were 257 housing units, and 240 households, 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 29.6% of households were one person under 18, and 30.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

The age distribution was 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 20 to 24, 25 from 25 to 44, 27% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% 65 or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 105 males.

Notable people

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