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Elizabethville, Pennsylvania


Elizabethville, Pennsylvania

Elizabethville, Pennsylvania
Official seal of Elizabethville, Pennsylvania
Motto: Star Of The Valley
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Dauphin
Settled 1817
Incorporated 1893
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Justin Challenger
 • Council President Gary E. Shadle
 • Council Vice President James S. Facinelli
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
Elevation 600 ft (200 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,500
 • Density 2,476.2/sq mi (956.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17023
Area code(s) 717

Elizabethville is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. According to the US Census, the borough's population was 1,510 people in 2012.[1] It is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics and government 4
  • Education 5
  • References 6


Elizabethville was founded in 1817.[2] It was named for the wife of the original owner of the site.[3] A post office has been in operation at Elizabethville since 1826.[4] The borough was incorporated in 1893.[2]


Elizabethville is located at (40.548801, -76.814994).[5]

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.


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,344 people, 579 households, and 353 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,476.2 people per square mile (961.0/km²). There were 617 housing units at an average density of 1,136.8 per square mile (441.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.84% White, 0.30% African American, 0.89% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 579 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,406, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $34,659 versus $25,054 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,077. About 6.6% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.

Politics and government

Elizabethville Borough Council has an elected mayor and seven locally elected members who serve a four-year term. The council meets once per month at the municipal building.[10]

Elizabethville Borough Council
State level
Federal level


Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Elizabethville may attend the local, public schools operated by Upper Dauphin Area School District which provides kindergarten through 12th grade. The District's enrollment declined to 1,237 students K-12 in 2013. Upper Dauphin School District ranked 322nd out of 500 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils in 2013. Elizabethville residents may also apply to attend Infinity Charter School located on 51 Banks St, Harrisburg and any of the Commonwealth's 13 public cyber charter schools at no additional cost to the parents. The Upper Dauphin School District is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.[11][12] By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Upper Dauphin School District were: Elementary School - $8,961.52, High School - $9,565.39.

Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Elizabethville. Early screening, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements. CAIU15 also operates Capital Area Online Learning Association which is an online learning program operated in association with the local public schools.[13]

Elizabethville residents have access to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). People residing in Elizabethville fund HACC in part through an annual payment made by Upper Dauphin Area School District from tax revenues.[14] Twenty two local public school districts are required to contribute annually to HACC regardless of whether any residents are attending the college. Full-time students from these districts, who attend HACC, pay $1,674 for 12 credit hours.

Elizabethville Area Library is located at 80 North Market Street. It is part of Dauphin County Library System.


  1. ^ US Census Bureau American Fact Finder. "Elizabethville Borough, Pennsylvania Community Facts". Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Small town retains flavor of early days". Observer-Reporter. Jul 11, 1985. pp. B9. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Notes and Queries, Historical, Biographical and Genealogical, Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania. Harrisburg Publishing Company. 1895. p. 20. 
  4. ^ "Dauphin County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ The Journalist (2014). "Reporter's Guide to Pennsylvania Local Government". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?". 
  13. ^ CAOLA administration (2012). "Capital Area Online Learning Association". 
  14. ^ Cate McKissick (April 15, 2013). "Harrisburg school district OKs smaller HACC contribution amount for next year". 
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