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Brockway, Pennsylvania
Downtown Brockway
Downtown Brockway
Official logo of Brockway, Pennsylvania
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Location of Brockway in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Location of Brockway in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
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Coordinates: 41°14′52″N 78°47′29″W / 41.24778°N 78.79139°W / 41.24778; -78.79139Coordinates: 41°14′52″N 78°47′29″W / 41.24778°N 78.79139°W / 41.24778; -78.79139
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Jefferson
Settled 1822
Incorporated 1883
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Land 1.14 sq mi (2.96 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,499 ft (457 m)
 • Total 2,072
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,777.10/sq mi (685.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 814
FIPS code 42-08960

Brockway is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,072 at the 2010 census.


Brockway was originally called Brockwayville, and under the latter name was founded in laid out in 1836. The borough was named for Alonzo and James S. Brockway, who came to the site in 1822. A post office called Brockwayville was established in 1829, and the name of the post office was changed to Brockway in 1925.

The Brockwayville Passenger Depot, Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Brockway Glass Company Inc. was founded in 1907 in Brockway, Pennsylvania by the Brockway Machine Bottle Company (which later became Brockway Glass). Brockway manufactured and sold glass containers and tubing, along with plastic products manufactured through wholly owned subsidiaries. In 1964 Brockway bought several Hazel-Atlas Glass Company factories from the Continental Can Company as part of a lawsuit settlement. In 1987 Owens-Illinois made a bid of $60 per share (worth $750million) to acquire Brockway, which was met with resistance by the FTC. After a Federal District Judge denied the FTC's request for an injunction, Owens-Illinois acquired Brockway's shares.


Brockway is located at 41°14′52″N 78°47′29″W / 41.24778°N 78.79139°W / 41.24778; -78.79139 (41.247839, -78.791270).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 360
1890 929 158.1%
1900 1,777 91.3%
1910 1,898 6.8%
1920 2,369 24.8%
1930 2,690 13.6%
1940 2,709 0.7%
1950 2,650 −2.2%
1960 2,563 −3.3%
1970 2,529 −1.3%
1980 2,376 −6.0%
1990 2,207 −7.1%
2000 2,182 −1.1%
2010 2,072 −5.0%
2019 (est.) 2,033 −1.9%

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,182 people, 911 households, and 584 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,879.5 people per square mile (726.3/km²). There were 994 housing units at an average density of 856.2 per square mile (330.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.68% White, 0.05% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.09% of the population.

There were 911 households, out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.5% 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 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,556, and the median income for a family was $41,278. Males had a median income of $34,950 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,303. About 5.7% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Brockway was the home of Dr. James Poole, who holds numerous patents in glass technology.

  • Brockway is the hometown of Joe Scarnati, former President Pro Tempore of the State Senate.
  • Brockway is the birthplace of Andrew Thomas Kearney, founder of the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Brockway is also the hometown of Kevin Benson, retired meteorologist for WPXI, Channel 11 News, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Eustace L. Brockway, former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, was born in what was then Brockwayville.
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