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Goldsboro, Pennsylvania
Goldsboro in 1979 with Three Mile Island in the background
Goldsboro in 1979 with Three Mile Island in the background
Official logo of Goldsboro, Pennsylvania
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Location in York County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in York County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County York
Settled 1736
Founded 1850
Incorporated 1864
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 0.45 sq mi (1.18 km2)
 • Land 0.45 sq mi (1.17 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
344 ft (105 m)
 • Total 932
 • Density 2,086.47/sq mi (805.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 717, 223
FIPS code 42-30016

Goldsboro (formerly Goldsborough) is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 952 at the 2010 census.

For historical reasons, the post office in Goldsboro is named "Etters" even though there is no incorporated place known by that name, and the United States Postal Service (USPS) states that the name "Etters" is preferred over "Goldsboro" for addressing mail to ZIP code 17319. (See § Source of the name "Etters", below.)


The Goldsboro Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Source of the name "Etters"

The name "Etters", used by the USPS to refer to the post office in Goldsboro, comes from the establishment in 1838 of a post office inside a tavern owned by Henry Etter, a former Revolutionary War soldier, about a mile north of the current location of Goldsboro. The post office was moved to Goldsboro in 1850, at which time it retained the name "Etter's" to avoid confusion with the already established post office in Gouldsboro, Lackawanna County, PA.


Goldsboro is located along the Susquehanna River and has a view of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, the site of the largest nuclear accident in the United States.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 310
1880 378 21.9%
1890 345 −8.7%
1900 385 11.6%
1910 434 12.7%
1920 477 9.9%
1930 459 −3.8%
1940 478 4.1%
1950 558 16.7%
1960 542 −2.9%
1970 576 6.3%
1980 477 −17.2%
1990 458 −4.0%
2000 939 105.0%
2010 952 1.4%
2020 932 −2.1%

As of the census of 2000, there were 939 people, 333 households, and 260 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,306.3 people per square mile (884.3/km2). There were 365 housing units at an average density of 896.5 per square mile (343.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.51% White, 0.21% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

Of the 333 households, 46.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 32.2% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 40.4% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $57,054, and the median income for a family was $60,455. Males had a median income of $40,250 versus $31,146 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,164. About 1.7% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


The Goldsboro community is served by the West Shore School District (one of 500 public school districts in Pennsylvania and 15 public school districts in York County). Students may also attend one of the Commonwealth's public cyber charter schools at no additional cost to the family or student. The local school district pays the Pennsylvania Department of Education set tuition fee to the cyber charter school that the resident student chooses to attend. By law, Pennsylvania cyber charter school students have access to all extracurriculars and sports programs at the local public school district. Alternatively, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania permits parents to home school their children or they may attend a private school. The public school district is required by Pennsylvania school code regulation to provide free transportation to local private schools that are within 10 miles of the local district's borders.

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