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Briar Creek, Pennsylvania
The borough hall in October 2012
The borough hall in October 2012
Location of Briar Creek in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Briar Creek in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Columbia County in Pennsylvania
Location of Columbia County in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Columbia
Incorporated 1917
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Land 1.65 sq mi (4.28 km2)
 • Water 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
495 ft (151 m)
 • Total 660
 • Estimate 
 • Density 406.42/sq mi (156.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-08472

Briar Creek is a borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 660 at the 2010 census. It is part of the BloomsburgBerwick Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Briar Creek is located in eastern Columbia County at 41°3′10″N 76°16′42″W / 41.05278°N 76.27833°W / 41.05278; -76.27833 (41.052639, -76.278369), on the north side of the Susquehanna River. It is bordered to the east by Berwick, to the north by Briar Creek Township, to the west by South Centre Township, and to the south, across the Susquehanna, by Mifflin Township. Mifflinville is across the river southwest of Briar Creek, accessible by Market Street Bridge west of the borough limits.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough of Briar Creek has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.3 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), or 10.38%, is water. Briar Creek is served by U.S. Route 11, which follows the Susquehanna River, leading east into Berwick and southwest 10 miles (16 km) to Bloomsburg, the county seat. Although Briar Creek is one of the smaller boroughs in Pennsylvania, it is home to many acres of farmland, a golf course, and a lake. A creek with the same name as the borough flows through Briar Creek.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 295
1930 249 −15.6%
1940 316 26.9%
1950 348 10.1%
1960 399 14.7%
1970 456 14.3%
1980 637 39.7%
1990 616 −3.3%
2000 651 5.7%
2010 660 1.4%
2019 (est.) 671 1.7%

As of the census of 2000, there were 651 people, 250 households, and 162 families residing in the borough. The population density was 408.2 people per square mile (158.1/km²). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 175.6 per square mile (68.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.00% White, 0.15% African American, 0.61% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

There were 250 households, out of which 25.2% had females under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $23,594, and the median income for a family was $27,833. Males had a median income of $22,150 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,009. About 11.6% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 15.3% of those age 65 or over.

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