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Borough of Terre Hill
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Watermelons on their way to a farmers market, near the intersection of Sweigart Street and Pennsylvania Route 897.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Elevation 531 ft (161.8 m)
Area 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km²)
 - land 0.5 sq mi (1 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 1,237 (2000)
Density 2,710.3 /sq mi (1,046.5 /km²)
Mayor Robert R. Rissler
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17581
Area code 717

Terre Hill is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,237 at the 2000 census, which rose to 1,261, as of July 2008.


Terre Hill was formerly known as Fairville, Pennsylvania. It was incorporated as a borough in 1907 after a successful court battle to separate from East Earl Township. Geographically, Terre Hill overlooks the Weaverland Valley of eastern Lancaster County.

The borough was once considered to be the hub of cigar-making in Lancaster County. One of its most recognizable landmarks is a 19th Century clock located at the borough hall.

Terre Hill's population was estimated to be 1,261, as of July 2008. It is home to the second-fewest residents of any incorporated borough in Lancaster County, with the exception of Christiana. Terre Hill has no traffic lights as of 2016.


Terre Hill is located at 40°9′27″N 76°3′1″W / 40.15750°N 76.05028°W / 40.15750; -76.05028 (40.157565, -76.050410).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 891
1910 882
1920 840 −4.8%
1930 812 −3.3%
1940 907 11.7%
1950 1,000 10.3%
1960 1,129 12.9%
1970 1,129 0.0%
1980 1,217 7.8%
1990 1,282 5.3%
2000 1,237 −3.5%
2010 1,295 4.7%
Est. 2015 1,382 6.7%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,237 people, 440 households, and 349 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,710.3 people per square mile (1,038.3/km²). There were 454 housing units at an average density of 994.7 per square mile (381.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.63% White, 0.16% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.73% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.86% of the population.

There were 440 households, out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 29.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $47,083, and the median income for a family was $47,891. Males had a median income of $36,815 versus $21,442 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,128. About 3.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

Annual events in Terre Hill

The borough has numerous public events throughout the year for residents and community members. These special events are sponsored by the fund raising group Terre Hill Days Committee. This committee donates all of its proceeds to maintaining and upkeep of the Terre Hill Park. Some events include: Lunch in the Park, Terre Hill Community Auction, Fall Harvest Parade, Christmas Decorating Contest, Santa's Workshop, Lunch in the Community Center and a Community Egg Hunt. Terre Hill's main event is Terre Hill Days. In 2007, the Borough celebrated its centennial year with its annual July Terre Hill Days festival.

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