Catawissa, Pennsylvania

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Catawissa is a borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,589 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BloomsburgBerwick Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Catawissa is twinned with Uxbridge, Ontario. The historic link began in 1805, when the Uxbridge area was granted by the Crown to Dr. Christopher Beswick, first medical doctor north of the Oak Ridges Moraine. While not a Quaker, he lived in Catawissa before moving to the Uxbridge area. Beswick Lane in the Ontario town is named after him.[1]



Catawissa is located at 40°57′9″N 76°27′37″W / 40.9525°N 76.46028°W / 40.9525; -76.46028 (40.952458, -76.460393)[2] on the north branch of the Susquehanna River.

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.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,589 people, 710 households, and 428 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,964.1 people per square mile (1,136.1/km²). There were 762 housing units at an average density of 1,421.4/sq mi (544.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.48% White, 0.69% African American, 0.19% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

There were 710 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.89.

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