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Penbrook, Pennsylvania
Official seal of Penbrook, Pennsylvania
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Dauphin
Settled 1861
Incorporated 1894
 • Total 0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
 • Land 0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 490 ft (150 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,008
 • Density 6,735/sq mi (2,600.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17103
Area code(s) 717

Penbrook is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States, founded in 1861 and incorporated July 10, 1894. Penbrook was once named East Harrisburg and still maintains a Harrisburg postal ZIP code. The population was 3,008 at the 2010 census.

Penbrook is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Penbrook is located in southern Dauphin County at 40°16′42″N 76°50′51″W / 40.27833°N 76.8475°W / 40.27833; -76.8475 (40.278445, -76.847463). It is bordered to the south by the city of Harrisburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.45 square miles (1.16 km2), all of it land.


Penbrook Park Winter, Penbrook Pa
Penbrook Park

Penbrook Park is an 8.5-acre (3.4 ha) recreational area in the southeast corner of the borough and contains ball fields, a large wooden play structure, basketball courts, concession stand, and a picnic pavilion. It was also the home of the former Penbrook Swim Club. The park is connected to the Capital Area Greenbelt, a 20-mile (32 km) link to Riverfront Park and other regional parks.

Penbrook Little Valley Park
Little Valley Park

Little Valley Park with 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) was given to the community in 1960 by S. Merl Mosby, who reclaimed a Depression-era landfill with more than 2,000 loads of dirt from nearby Edgemont. It contains a ball field, a play structure with a large purple dinosaur, baseball field and basketball courts and is located near East Harrisburg Cemetery and the St. Margaret Mary school.

Reservoir Park, with 85 acres (34 ha), is adjacent to the southwest border of the borough, with Levitt Performing Arts Pavilion and the National Civil War Museum.

Since 1952, the Penbrook Athletic Association has led the community's recreational programs.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 864
1910 1,462 69.2%
1920 2,072 41.7%
1930 3,567 72.2%
1940 3,627 1.7%
1950 3,691 1.8%
1960 3,671 −0.5%
1970 3,379 −8.0%
1980 3,006 −11.0%
1990 2,791 −7.2%
2000 3,044 9.1%
2010 3,008 −1.2%
Est. 2015 2,974 −1.1%

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,044 people, 1,307 households, and 764 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,636.1 people per square mile (2,555.0/km²). There were 1,398 housing units at an average density of 3,047.7 per square mile (1,173.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.33% White, 15.24% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 1.87% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.60% of the population.

There were 1,307 households, out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,341, and the median income for a family was $44,375. Males had a median income of $32,128 versus $26,061 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,274. About 4.4% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

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