Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

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Boalsburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,578 at the 2000 census. The village claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. The name Boalsburg comes from the Boal family who settled the region. The fifth generation of the Boal family, Col. Theodore Davis Boal, married a descendant of Christopher Columbus and brought the Columbus Chapel to the Boal Mansion from Spain in 1909 including an Admiral's Desk that belonged to Columbus himself. Boalsburg originally was on the main road for travelers from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, with the tavern that housed travelers still standing today. It is also home to the Pennsylvania Military Museum, as well as the headquarters of the Civil War reenacting unit, 3rd Pennsylvania Light Artillery Battery "B" (aka F Troop). The Tussey Mountain Ski Area is also located in Boalsburg.


Boalsburg is located at 40°46′58″N 77°47′13″W / 40.78278°N 77.78694°W / 40.78278; -77.78694 (40.782670, -77.786899)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,578 people, 1,344 households, and 1,029 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 580.1 people per square mile (223.9/km²). There were 1,382 housing units at an average density of 224.1/sq mi (86.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.30% White, 1.45% African American, 0.08% Native American, 2.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 1,344 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.07.

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