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Girardville, Pennsylvania
Main Street in Girardville
Main Street in Girardville
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Settled 1832
Incorporated 1872
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
Elevation 1,007 ft (307 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,742
 • Density 3,327.4/sq mi (1,284.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Zip code 17935
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 276

Girardville is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Reading. Anthracite coal deposits are in the region. Coal-mining provided employment and incomes for many of the 3,666 people who lived there in 1900. In 1910, 4,396 individuals called it home. The population was 1,742 at the 2000 census. It was founded in 1832 and is named after Stephen Girard of Philadelphia who purchased large land holdings in and around the town. It was incorporated as a borough in 1872. It is known to many in Schuylkill County as "Gun-Town", for reasons unknown.

Girardville is the site of an annual St. Patrick's Day parade that is one of the largest in Pennsylvania. It made history on March 29, 2008 when former President Bill Clinton joined the marchers to the delight of 30,000 parade goers that lined the streets of the small coal town. The Annual AOH Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrated its 13th parade in 2016 and becomes more popular every year. It is known as "The Best and Biggest Little St. Patrick's Day Parade This Side of the Atlantic". It is truly a "Pipe Band" parade and those pipes call people back from all over Pennsylvania, the US, and beyond home to their Girardville roots.

Girardville had five churches, one New Community Fellowship Church, one Methodist Episcopal, one Lutheran and two Roman Catholic Churches, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Joseph. St. Joseph's Church was closed in July, 2015, while St. Vincent's was kept open as a worship center for the newly formed Parish of St. Charles Borremeo, with the main church in Ashland (the former St.Joseph's). The Reverend Father Edward B. Connolly was the last Pastor of both Catholic Churches. Father Connolly has appeared on EWTN in the series "Road to Cana". He has since retired.

Girardville is home to radio station WQDD-LP.


Girardville is located at 40°47′32″N 76°17′4″W / 40.79222°N 76.28444°W / 40.79222; -76.28444 (40.792104, -76.284555).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it is land and 1.85% is water.


Entrance to Girardville, Schuylkill Co PA
Road to Girardville.
Anthracite on Main St, Girardville PA
The Anthracite on Main Street.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,730
1890 3,584 31.3%
1900 3,666 2.3%
1910 4,396 19.9%
1920 4,482 2.0%
1930 4,891 9.1%
1940 4,602 −5.9%
1950 3,864 −16.0%
1960 2,958 −23.4%
1970 2,450 −17.2%
1980 2,268 −7.4%
1990 1,889 −16.7%
2000 1,742 −7.8%
2010 1,519 −12.8%
Est. 2015 1,486 −2.2%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,742 people, 767 households, and 486 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,327.4 people per square mile (1,293.4/km²). There were 886 housing units at an average density of 1,692.4 per square mile (657.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.43% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.06% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 767 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $23,702, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $26,906 versus $20,433 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,735. About 10.5% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.


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