Steelton, Pennsylvania

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Steelton is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, three miles (5 km) southeast of Harrisburg. In 1900, 12,086 people lived here; in 1910, 14,246 people lived here; in 1920, 13,248 people lived here; and in 1940, 13,115 people lived here. The population was 5,858 at the 2000 census. The borough is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Steelton was incorporated as a borough on January 19, 1880. The extensive works of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, later operated by Bethlehem Steel, are located along the Susquehanna River in Steelton. Also present at one time were brickyards, a flouring mill, and machine shops.

Steelton is the birthplace of Homer Litzenberg, the Korean War hero who commanded the 7th Marine Regiment during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.


Steelton is located at 40°13′52″N 76°49′56″W / 40.23111°N 76.83222°W / 40.23111; -76.83222 (40.231040, -76.832087)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land. Steelton is bordered by the Susquehanna River.

The borough is crossed by Pennsylvania Route 230.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,858 people, 2,312 households, and 1,518 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,215.6 people per square mile (1,242.7/km²). There were 2,533 housing units at an average density of 1,390.4/sq mi (537.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 62.03% White, 31.12% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.41% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.48% of the population. 15.0% were of German, 7.7% American, 6.0% Irish, 5.7% Italian and 5.4% Croatian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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