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Steelton, Pennsylvania

"Steelton" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Steeltown, Steelville, or Steel City.

Steelton is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States, 4 miles (6 km) southeast of Harrisburg. The population was 5,990 at the 2010 census. The borough is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Steelton, Pennsylvania
Borough of Steelton
or
Steelton Borough
Second Street in 1910
Motto(s):
"Our Renaissance Continues..."
Location in Dauphin County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Steelton
Location in Pennsylvania and the United States
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Steelton (the United States)
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Coordinates:40°13′52″N76°49′56″W /40.23111°N 76.83222°W /40.23111; -76.83222Coordinates: 40°13′52″N76°49′56″W /40.23111°N 76.83222°W /40.23111; -76.83222
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyDauphin
Settled1866
Incorporated1880
Government
• TypeBorough Council
Area
• Total1.90 sq mi (4.91 km2)
• Land1.90 sq mi (4.91 km2)
• Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
315 ft (96 m)
Population
• Total5,990
• Estimate
(2019)
5,962
• Density3,144.51/sq mi (1,214.39/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
• Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
17113
Area code(s)717
FIPS code42-73888
Websitewww.steeltonpa.com

Contents

The Pennsylvania Steel Company mill in Steelton, PA, as seen in 1908.

After initial habitation by Susquehannock Indians and subsequent nearby Harrisburg establishment, the area was owned by the Kelker family of Harrisburg by the 1800s. The 100-acre area was chosen in 1866 by Samuel Morse Felton Sr., president of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, to begin construction of a steel mill. This particular site was favored because of the location's proximity to the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Pennsylvania Canal, and the nearby iron mine in Cornwall, Lebanon County. The land was purchased from owners Henry A. and Rudolph F. Kelker; then, steel pioneer Alexander Lyman Holley was chosen to build the mill along the Susquehanna River, which was completed by 1867 (along with a mansion for Felton), and began operation on May 15, 1868. Originally named "Baldwin" after Matthew Baldwin, founder of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, by 1871 it had changed to "Steel Works" after the existence of another Baldwin, Pennsylvania Post Office, and finally "Steelton" in 1879 after confusion of the Post Office with the steel mill itself. It was incorporated as a borough on January 19, 1880. The extensive steel works of the Pennsylvania Steel Company later became operated by Bethlehem Steel, ArcelorMittal, and currently Cleveland-Cliffs. Also present at one time were brickyards, a flouring mill, and machine shops.

19 people were killed and 199 injured, when a Baseball Special train from Harrisburg to Philadelphia derailed at Steelton on July 28, 1962. Three of the nine cars landed in the Susquehanna River. A passing U.S. Navy drill team participated in the rescue efforts.

Steelton is located in southern Dauphin County along the northeast bank of the Susquehanna River. It is bordered to the southeast by the borough of Highspire and to the northeast by the unincorporated communities of Enhaut and Bressler. To the northwest, the city limits of Harrisburg, the state capital, come within 0.3 miles (0.48 km) of the borough limits of Steelton; the city center is 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Steelton's center.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land.

Pennsylvania Route 230 (Front Street) is the main road through the borough, connecting Harrisburg to the northwest with Highspire and Middletown to the southeast.

Historical population
Census Pop.
18802,447
18909,250278.0%
190012,08630.7%
191014,24617.9%
192013,428−5.7%
193013,291−1.0%
194013,115−1.3%
195012,574−4.1%
196011,266−10.4%
19708,556−24.1%
19806,484−24.2%
19905,152−20.5%
20005,85813.7%
20105,9902.3%
2019 (est.)5,962−0.5%
Sources:

As of the census of 2010 [1][dead link], there were 5,990 people. The racial makeup of the borough was 48.7% White, 38.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 5.9% from other races, and 6.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.6% of the population.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,858 people, 2,312 households, and 1,518 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,215.6 people per square mile (1,242.7/km2). There were 2,533 housing units at an average density of 1,390.4 per square mile (537.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 62.03% White, 31.12% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.41% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.48% of the population. 15.0% were of German, 7.7% American, 6.0% Irish, 5.7% Italian and 5.4% Croatian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,312 households, out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 28.8% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,829, and the median income for a family was $39,556. Males had a median income of $30,488 versus $24,701 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,612. About 9.1% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or older.

Front Street in Steelton has long been the town's social center, with shops, banks, churches, restaurants and bars.

In September 2017, the borough opened the first skatepark in Dauphin County, which was extended again in 2020 to a total of 28,000 square feet. Skate competitions are hosted there and it is a popular draw in the region.

The Steelton High School building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

The Borough of Steelton is served by the Steelton-Highspire School District, which contains two schools: Steelton-Highspire Elementary School and Steelton-Highspire Junior/Senior High School.

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Steelton, Pennsylvania
Steelton Pennsylvania Article Talk Language Watch Edit Steelton redirects here It is not to be confused with Steeltown Steelville or Steel City Steelton is a borough in Dauphin County Pennsylvania United States 4 miles 6 km southeast of Harrisburg The population was 5 990 at the 2010 census 3 The borough is part of the Harrisburg Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area Steelton PennsylvaniaBoroughBorough of Steelton or Steelton BoroughSecond Street in 1910Motto s Our Renaissance Continues Location in Dauphin County and the U S state of Pennsylvania SteeltonLocation in Pennsylvania and the United StatesShow map of PennsylvaniaSteeltonSteelton the United States Show map of the United StatesCoordinates 40 13 52 N 76 49 56 W 40 23111 N 76 83222 W 40 23111 76 83222 Coordinates 40 13 52 N 76 49 56 W 40 23111 N 76 83222 W 40 23111 76 83222CountryUnited StatesStatePennsylvaniaCountyDauphinSettled1866Incorporated1880Government TypeBorough CouncilArea 1 Total1 90 sq mi 4 91 km2 Land1 90 sq mi 4 91 km2 Water0 00 sq mi 0 00 km2 Elevation315 ft 96 m Population 2010 Total5 990 Estimate 2019 2 5 962 Density3 144 51 sq mi 1 214 39 km2 Time zoneUTC 5 Eastern EST Summer DST UTC 4 EDT ZIP code17113Area code s 717FIPS code42 73888Websitewww wbr steeltonpa wbr com Contents 1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Culture 5 Education 6 Notable people 7 References 8 External linksHistory Edit The Pennsylvania Steel Company mill in Steelton PA as seen in 1908 After initial habitation by Susquehannock Indians and subsequent nearby Harrisburg establishment the area was owned by the Kelker family of Harrisburg by the 1800s The 100 acre area was chosen in 1866 by Samuel Morse Felton Sr president of the Pennsylvania Steel Company to begin construction of a steel mill This particular site was favored because of the location s proximity to the Pennsylvania Railroad the Pennsylvania Canal and the nearby iron mine in Cornwall Lebanon County The land was purchased from owners Henry A and Rudolph F Kelker then steel pioneer Alexander Lyman Holley was chosen to build the mill along the Susquehanna River which was completed by 1867 along with a mansion for Felton and began operation on May 15 1868 Originally named Baldwin after Matthew Baldwin founder of the Baldwin Locomotive Works by 1871 it had changed to Steel Works after the existence of another Baldwin Pennsylvania Post Office and finally Steelton in 1879 after confusion of the Post Office with the steel mill itself 4 It was incorporated as a borough on January 19 1880 The extensive steel works of the Pennsylvania Steel Company later became operated by Bethlehem Steel ArcelorMittal and currently Cleveland Cliffs Also present at one time were brickyards a flouring mill and machine shops 19 people were killed and 199 injured when a Baseball Special train from Harrisburg to Philadelphia derailed at Steelton on July 28 1962 Three of the nine cars landed in the Susquehanna River A passing U S Navy drill team participated in the rescue efforts 5 Geography EditSteelton is located in southern Dauphin County along the northeast bank of the Susquehanna River It is bordered to the southeast by the borough of Highspire and to the northeast by the unincorporated communities of Enhaut and Bressler To the northwest the city limits of Harrisburg the state capital come within 0 3 miles 0 48 km of the borough limits of Steelton the city center is 4 miles 6 km northwest of Steelton s center According to the United States Census Bureau the borough has a total area of 1 9 square miles 4 9 km2 all of it land 3 Pennsylvania Route 230 Front Street is the main road through the borough connecting Harrisburg to the northwest with Highspire and Middletown to the southeast Demographics EditHistorical populationCensus Pop 18802 447 18909 250278 0 190012 08630 7 191014 24617 9 192013 428 5 7 193013 291 1 0 194013 115 1 3 195012 574 4 1 196011 266 10 4 19708 556 24 1 19806 484 24 2 19905 152 20 5 20005 85813 7 20105 9902 3 2019 est 5 962 2 0 5 Sources 6 7 8 9 As of the census of 2010 1 dead link there were 5 990 people The racial makeup of the borough was 48 7 White 38 1 African American 0 2 Native American 0 7 Asian 5 9 from other races and 6 4 from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14 6 of the population As of the census 8 of 2000 there were 5 858 people 2 312 households and 1 518 families residing in the borough The population density was 3 215 6 people per square mile 1 242 7 km2 There were 2 533 housing units at an average density of 1 390 4 per square mile 537 4 km2 The racial makeup of the borough was 62 03 White 31 12 African American 0 22 Native American 0 65 Asian 0 03 Pacific Islander 2 41 from other races and 3 53 from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7 48 of the population 15 0 were of German 7 7 American 6 0 Irish 5 7 Italian and 5 4 Croatian ancestry according to Census 2000 There were 2 312 households out of which 33 0 had children under the age of 18 living with them 38 1 were married couples living together 22 0 had a female householder with no husband present and 34 3 were non families 29 7 of all households were made up of individuals and 13 7 had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 2 53 and the average family size was 3 13 In the borough the population was spread out with 28 8 under the age of 18 7 8 from 18 to 24 27 5 from 25 to 44 19 9 from 45 to 64 and 16 0 who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 36 years For every 100 females there were 87 0 males For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 80 6 males The median income for a household in the borough was 34 829 and the median income for a family was 39 556 Males had a median income of 30 488 versus 24 701 for females The per capita income for the borough was 16 612 About 9 1 of families and 11 8 of the population were below the poverty line including 19 5 of those under age 18 and 3 1 of those age 65 or older Culture EditFront Street in Steelton has long been the town s social center with shops banks churches restaurants and bars 10 In September 2017 the borough opened the first skatepark in Dauphin County which was extended again in 2020 to a total of 28 000 square feet Skate competitions are hosted there and it is a popular draw in the region The Steelton High School building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011 11 Education EditThe Borough of Steelton is served by the Steelton Highspire School District which contains two schools Steelton Highspire Elementary School and Steelton Highspire Junior Senior High School Notable people EditBull Behman former NFL player and coach Quincy Bent vice president of Bethlehem Steel Marylouise Burke actress Troy Drayton former NFL and Penn State football player Orrin C Evans pioneering African American journalist and comic book publisher Don Falcone musician and producer Jordan Hill defensive tackle for Penn State and 2013 NFL Draft to Seattle Seahawks Marne Intrieri football offensive lineman Homer Litzenberg lieutenant general Walter M Mumma congressman Allen Sangree sports writer and war journalist Frank Sinkovitz football center Dennis Stewart basketball player John Yovicsin football player and coachReferences Edit 2019 U S Gazetteer Files United States Census Bureau Retrieved July 28 2020 a b Population and Housing Unit Estimates United States Census Bureau May 24 2020 Retrieved May 27 2020 a b Geographic Identifiers 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 Steelton borough Pennsylvania U S Census Bureau American Factfinder Archived from the original on February 13 2020 Retrieved December 16 2015 Steel on the Susquehanna Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine Retrieved 2021 07 14 U S Navy All Hands magazine December 1962 pp 16 19 Number of Inhabitants Pennsylvania PDF 18th Census of the United States U S Census Bureau Retrieved 22 November 2013 Pennsylvania Population and Housing Unit Counts PDF U S Census Bureau Retrieved 22 November 2013 a b U S Census website United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008 01 31 Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets Subcounty Population Estimates April 1 2010 to July 1 2012 U S Census Bureau Archived from the original on 11 June 2013 Retrieved 25 November 2013 About Steelton Borough of Steelton Retrieved 2021 07 14 National Register of Historic Places Listings Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties 9 06 11 through 9 09 11 National Park Service 2011 09 16 External links EditOfficial website Historical Society of Dauphin County Images of the Steelton steel mill Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steelton Pennsylvania amp oldid 1052041618, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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