Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

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Centre Hall is a borough in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located in Penns Valley and is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,079 at the 2000 census.



Centre Hall is located at 40°50′39″N 77°41′5″W / 40.84417°N 77.68472°W / 40.84417; -77.68472 (40.844287, -77.684615).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.

Famous Landmarks

Centre Hall hosts the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, known to most as the "Grange Fair". The Fair attracts tens of thousands of people during its run, and takes place the last full Thursday to Thursday week in August annually. It is one of the few remaining tenting fairs in the United States, with nearly a thousand "army-style" tents laid in rows throughout the grounds. Most tents are handed down through generations of fair-goers, and there is a lengthy waiting list for families who want to have their own tents.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,079 people, 491 households, and 325 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,752.2 people per square mile (671.9/km²). There were 514 housing units at an average density of 834.7/sq mi (320.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.63% White, 0.19% African American, 0.09% Native American, and 0.09% from two or more races.

There were 491 households out of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the borough the population was spread out with 17.1% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

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