Penbrook, Pennsylvania

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Penbrook is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, founded in 1861 and incorporated July 10, 1894. Penbrook was once named East Harrisburg and still maintains a Harrisburg postal ZIP code. The Mayor is Richard Stottlemyer. The population was 3,044 at the 2000 census.

Penbrook is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Penbrook is located at 40°16′42″N 76°50′51″W / 40.27833°N 76.8475°W / 40.27833; -76.8475 (40.278445, -76.847463)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


In 2009, a Penbrook couple were threatened with a federal lawsuit by their local government because of their "You're In Steelers Country" sign on their porch.[2] Government officials in Penbrook, Pennsylvania, sent the homeowner a letter reading "The ‘Steeler Country’ banner must be removed immediately" and ordered them to purchase a $40 permit for the sign in order to comply with the borough's ordinance.[3] The homeowner protested, citing her First Amendment free speech rights, and contact the American Civil Liberties Union, who negotiated an agreement with the zoning officials to allow the sign to remain.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,044 people, 1,307 households, and 764 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,636.1 people per square mile (2,555.0/km²). There were 1,398 housing units at an average density of 3,047.7/sq mi (1,173.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.33% White, 15.24% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 1.87% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.60% of the population.

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