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Littlestown, Pennsylvania
Borough
Downtown Littlestown
Downtown Littlestown
Motto: We're growing, one neighbor at a time
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Adams County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Adams
Settled 1765
Incorporated 1864
Area
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)
Elevation 627 ft (191 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,434
 • Density 2,517.0/sq mi (971.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17340
Area code(s) 717 Exchanges: 345,359
Website www.littlestownboro.org

Littlestown is a borough in Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,434 at the 2010 census.

Originally laid out by Peter Klein in 1760, the town was first named "Petersburg". German settlers in the area came to call the town "Kleine Stedtle". As confusion between the town and a neighboring town (also named "Petersburg", now York Springs) grew, the town officially changed its name to Littlestown (essentially a translation of "Kleine Stedtle" from German) in 1795.

Geography

Littlestown is located at (39.743749, -77.089240). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.

Littlestown is surrounded by three larger towns -- Hanover, Gettysburg, and Westminster—all within 10 to 20 miles (32 km) driving distance.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 394
1860 702 78.2%
1870 847 20.7%
1880 913 7.8%
1890 991 8.5%
1900 1,118 12.8%
1910 1,347 20.5%
1920 1,552 15.2%
1930 2,001 28.9%
1940 2,463 23.1%
1950 2,635 7.0%
1960 2,756 4.6%
1970 3,026 9.8%
1980 2,870 −5.2%
1990 2,974 3.6%
2000 3,947 32.7%
2010 4,434 12.3%
Est. 2015 4,478 1.0%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 3,947 people, 1,586 households, and 1,113 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,517.0 people per square mile (970.7/km²). There were 1,692 housing units at an average density of 1,079.0 per square mile (416.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.26% White, 0.56% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 1,586 households, out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $36,678, and the median income for a family was $42,261. Males had a median income of $31,055 versus $23,658 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,310. About 6.9% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

While the agricultural past of the town is still clear, it has begun to become a bedroom community for commuters working in nearby Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Harrisburg and York.

Recreation and parks

The borough operates the Littlestown Community Pool. The pool facility has been losing money. There is a resistance to raising membership fees, requiring substantial funding from borough taxpayers.

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Littlestown History Plaza

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