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Galeton, Pennsylvania
Berger Lake
Berger Lake
Location of Galeton in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Galeton in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Potter
Settled 1810
Incorporated (borough) 1896
 • Total 1.29 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Land 1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
(borough benchmark)
1,315 ft (401 m)
Highest elevation
(northern boundary of borough)
2,140 ft (650 m)
Lowest elevation
(Pine Creek)
1,298 ft (396 m)
 • Total 1,149
 • Estimate 
 • Density 847.36/sq mi (327.21/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST) EDT
ZIP code
Area code(s) 814
FIPS code 42-28280
Website Galeton Area Chamber of Commerce

Galeton is a borough in Potter County, Pennsylvania, United States, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Bradford. Light industries such as knitting mills and a tannery have existed in Galeton. The population declined to 1,149 people in 2010.


Galeton is located at 41°43′56″N 77°38′41″W / 41.73222°N 77.64472°W / 41.73222; -77.64472 (41.732267, -77.644646).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it is land and 1.41% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 2,415
1910 4,027 66.7%
1920 2,969 −26.3%
1930 2,200 −25.9%
1940 1,820 −17.3%
1950 1,646 −9.6%
1960 1,646 0.0%
1970 1,552 −5.7%
1980 1,462 −5.8%
1990 1,370 −6.3%
2000 1,325 −3.3%
2010 1,149 −13.3%
2019 (est.) 1,077 −6.3%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,325 people, 513 households, and 347 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,893.8 people per square mile (730.8/km2). There were 608 housing units at an average density of 869.0 per square mile (335.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.36% White, 1.1% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 513 households, out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $27,727, and the median income for a family was $30,463. Males had a median income of $26,797 versus $18,487 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,095. About 9.7% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Map of Potter County Pennsylvania School Districts
Map of Potter County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Galeton may attend the local, public schools operated by Galeton Area School District which provides taxpayer funded preschool and full day kindergarten through 12th grade. The District's enrollment declined to 362 students preschool through 12th grade, in 2013. Galeton Area School District ranked 409th out of 500 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils in 2013. Galeton residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 13 public cyber charter schools at no additional cost to the parents. The Galeton Area School District is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools. By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Galeton Area School District were: Elementary School – $9,828.42, High School – $12,543.99.

Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit #9 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Galeton. Early screening, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements.

Galeton Public Library is located at 5 Park Lane, Galeton. The Galeton Public Library Board meets the second Thursday each month, 7:30 p.m., in the library.

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