Bloomfield, Pennsylvania

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Bloomfield is a borough in Perry County, Pennsylvania and is the County Seat. The population was 1,077 at the 2000 census. It is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Name

The official name of the borough is Bloomfield. However the United States Postal Service, presumably to avoid confusion with the neighborhood of Pittsburgh which is also named Bloomfield, refers to the area as "New Bloomfield." The borough has not adopted the new name and among long time residents "Bloomfield" remains the preferred nomenclature. Newer residents to the county use the postal name almost exclusively. Adding confusion to the issue is the fact that area road signs use both designations.

Geography

Bloomfield is located at 40°25′6″N 77°11′18″W / 40.41833°N 77.18833°W / 40.41833; -77.18833 (40.418364, -77.188389)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,077 people, 396 households, and 255 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,983.1 people per square mile (770.1/km²). There were 425 housing units at an average density of 782.6/sq mi (303.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.89% White, 0.56% African American, 0.28% Native American, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 396 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84. In addition, there is a military boarding school, Carson Long Military Institute, with about 200 cadets.

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