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Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Borough
Duncannon
Duncannon
Location of Duncannon in Perry County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Duncannon in Perry County, Pennsylvania.
Duncannon, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Duncannon, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Perry
Settled 1792
Incorporated 1844
Area
 • Total 0.41 sq mi (1.05 km2)
 • Land 0.41 sq mi (1.05 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
(center of borough)
370 ft (110 m)
Highest elevation
(western edge of borough)
506 ft (154 m)
Lowest elevation
(Susquehanna River)
340 ft (100 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,522
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,489
 • Density 3,658.48/sq mi (1,412.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
17020
Area code(s) 717
FIPS code 42-20240
Website Borough's website

Duncannon is a borough in Perry County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,522 at the 2010 census. It is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. The center of population of Pennsylvania is located in Duncannon. Lightning Guider sleds were manufactured in Duncannon from 1904 until 1988. The Appalachian Trail makes its way through the town, going on various streets, and runs mainly along North High Street. It comes off the mountain at 40.3813, -77.0292 lat/long, onto Inn Road.

History

Duncannon was originally called Petersburg, and under the latter name was laid out in 1792. The present name is derived from Duncan's Island in the Susquehanna River.

Geography

Duncannon is located at 40°23′38″N 77°1′44″W / 40.39389°N 77.02889°W / 40.39389; -77.02889 (40.393986, -77.028891).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 960
1880 1,027 7.0%
1890 1,074 4.6%
1900 1,661 54.7%
1910 1,474 −11.3%
1920 1,679 13.9%
1930 1,732 3.2%
1940 1,707 −1.4%
1950 1,852 8.5%
1960 1,800 −2.8%
1970 1,739 −3.4%
1980 1,645 −5.4%
1990 1,450 −11.9%
2000 1,508 4.0%
2010 1,522 0.9%
2019 (est.) 1,489 −2.2%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 1,508 people, 667 households, and 386 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,566.5 people per square mile (1,386.3/km2). There were 714 housing units at an average density of 1,688.7 per square mile (656.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.28% White, 0.53% African American, 0.07% Asian, 0.73% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.59% of the population.

There were 667 households, out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,000, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $31,643 versus $21,477 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,883. About 6.2% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • William J. Kirkpatrick, musician, composer of Christian hymns
  • Marie Doro, silent screen actress

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