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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Borough
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Official seal of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Seal
Nickname(s): 
The Grove
Location of Selinsgrove in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Selinsgrove in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Snyder
Area
 • Total 1.90 sq mi (4.92 km2)
 • Land 1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)  3.7%
Elevation
(borough benchmark)
444 ft (135 m)
Highest elevation
(southwest boundary of borough)
600 ft (182 m)
Lowest elevation
(Susquehanna River)
418 ft (127 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,654
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,902
 • Density 3,223.38/sq mi (1,244.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) EDT
ZIP code
17870
Area code(s) 570 and 272
FIPS code 42-69216
Website Borough Website

Selinsgrove is the largest borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population is estimated to be 5,902 for the 2020 Census.

Selinsgrove is geographically located in the middle of the Susquehanna River Valley in Central Pennsylvania, along U.S. Routes 11 and 15, 36.4 miles (58.6 km) north of Harrisburg and 5.7 miles (9.2 km) southwest of Sunbury. It is the home of Susquehanna University.

History

Selinsgrove was founded in 1787 by Captain Anthony Selin, who fought in the American Revolution.

The Penns Creek Massacre on October 16, 1755, was the first Indian hostility event in the region after General Braddock's defeat in the Seven Year War. A marker on the bank of Penns Creek north of Selinsgrove commemorates the massacre of 14 settlers and the capture of 11 more. In response to this and other Indian actions that day, Fort Augusta, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, the largest of Pennsylvania's frontier forts, was built in 1756 as a result of this conflict.

Selinsgrove Hall and Seibert Hall at Susquehanna University and Gov. Simon Snyder Mansion on Market Street are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2). Selinsgrove borders the Susquehanna River. The portion of the borough that is located between Penns Creek and the Susquehanna River is known locally as the "Isle of Que" (pronounced queue).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,261
1870 1,453 15.2%
1880 1,431 −1.5%
1890 1,315 −8.1%
1900 1,326 0.8%
1910 1,473 11.1%
1920 1,937 31.5%
1930 2,797 44.4%
1940 2,877 2.9%
1950 3,514 22.1%
1960 3,948 12.4%
1970 5,116 29.6%
1980 5,227 2.2%
1990 5,384 3.0%
2000 5,383 0.0%
2010 5,654 5.0%
2020 5,902 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Selinsgrove is the principal city in the Selinsgrove, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area, and is also part of the larger Bloomsburg-Berwick-Sunbury, PA Combined Statistical Area.

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,654 people, 1,812 households, and 930 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,976 people per square mile (1,149/km²). There were 1,934 housing units, of which 122 were vacant. The racial makeup of the borough was 91.7% White, 3.4% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 1.8% from "some other race," and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.0% of the population. A majority of the Hispanic or Latino population was Mexican.

The presence of Susquehanna University strongly impacts the borough's demographics: 31.1% of the population lives in group quarters - largely dormitories - rather than in households. The student population is also visible in the disproportionate share of 18- to 24-year-olds.

Of the 1,812 households, 930 were families, 449 of which included related children under age 18. Among the families, 632 were husband-wife families, of which 231 had children at home. Only 92 households included 5 or more people.

Among the 882 non-family households, 404 were women living alone and 255 were men living alone. There were 1,760 people living in group quarters, of whom 153 were institutionalized. Among the non-institutionalized 1,607 living in group quarters - i.e. university students - 54% were female.

The borough's median age was 22.9 years. Due to the college, 39% of residents were age 18-24. Another 14% were under 18, 17% were 25-44, 16% were 45-64, and 14% were 65 and older.

Women make up the borough's majority, 53.6% of the population, implying that there are 86 men for every 100 women in Selinsgrove. Among those age 65 and older, 65% are women. The share of women is 52 or 53% for ages 18–24, 25-44, and 45-64. Among children, girls are 49% of the population.

According to the 2013-2017 American Community Survey, median income for a household in the borough was $47,500, and the median income for a family was $54,190. The unemployment rate for residents age 25-64 was 1.8% and the labor force participation rate was 84.1%. About 11% of families and 10% of the population (excluding students) were below the poverty line. However, income and poverty statistics for a community this small are reported with large margins of error and do not cover the student population.

Parks

Kidsgrove Park is a 3.25-acre neighborhood park maintained and operated by Kidsgrove, Inc. The park contains a large wooden play structure, universal swings and sandbox, a band shell, picnic pavilions and tables, accessible walking path and permanent restrooms that are open seasonally. Off-street parking is available.

Major Anthony Selin Park located on Sassafras Street is equipped with horseshoe, quoit, and basketball courts and soccer fields. A large covered pavilion for picnics can be reserved for outings and reunions. This facility also offers a kitchen area, restrooms, and game equipment. A “Life Trail”, which is a system of exercise and walking trails, is one feature of the park. Local businesses have donated kiosks that provide information on fitness for active adults. During the summer of 2011, this program offered a sport-camp atmosphere promoting physical activity. Activities will include soccer, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, etc. A different sport was featured each week. The program consisted of fitness and sports activities.

Pump House Park and Gazebo The Pump House Park includes a building that can be rented for any meeting, party, or group event. This facility contains restrooms and a kitchen, as well as a meeting space that comfortably seats about 30 people and can be rearranged for as many as 60. The Gazebo is another great feature of the park, located in an attractive setting along Penns Creek. The Gazebo is a popular spot for outdoor weddings, and also hosts a concert series of local performers during June, July, and August. For reservations, call the Borough Office. "Music at the Gazebo" is a program that runs from June through August with free concerts held in Pump House Park.

The East Snyder Park is a multi-use facility which is under development using state grants and local donations. It is located along the upper end of University Ave. near Rt. 522, at the location of the existing Penn Township ball fields. The master plan of the park calls for nine professional grade horseshoe pits, baseball, softball, football and soccer fields, a preschool playground with age appropriate apparatus (Kaboom grant) a playground for older children, and a small wetland conservation education area.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission maintains boating access to the Susquehanna River on the Isle of Que.

Susquehanna Greenway is a regional effort to link natural, cultural, historic, and recreational resources along the 500-mile (800 km) corridor of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.

A public swimming pool was built in the early 1970s.

Popular culture

On April 30, 1988 the world's longest banana split was created in Selinsgrove. It was 7.32 kilometres (4.55 mi) long.

Economy

The largest local employers are housing-related manufacturers and educational institutions including the public schools and Susquehanna University. Educational services and health care/social assistance combined are projected to be about 90.7% of all job growth by 2014 in the central region. Manufacturing of both non-durable and durable goods are expected to lose over 4,000 jobs (a change of about -9.1% in employment) in the same time period. Construction is the only goods-producing sector projecting job growth, where employment may increase by about 210 jobs (or about 2.1%).

Outside of the community local region employment includes: service jobs in local businesses, area hospitals which include UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury in Sunbury and Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg.

Education

Map of Snyder County Pennsylvania School Districts
Map of Snyder County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Selinsgrove Area School District is the local public school system. The district operates four schools clustered on a campus located in Selinsgrove borough.

Transportation

US Routes 11, 15 and 522, along with PA Route 35 pass through Selinsgrove. Intercity bus service is provided between the borough and Harrisburg to the south and Williamsport and Elmira, New York to the north by Fullington Trailways.

Notable people

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