Watsontown, Pennsylvania

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Watsontown is a borough in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,255 at the 2000 census. It was named for John Watson, a local landowner.



Watsontown is located at 41°5′7″N 76°51′48″W / 41.08528°N 76.86333°W / 41.08528; -76.86333 (41.085319, -76.863325)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (24.47%) is water.


Watsontown has a rich history dating back to the late 16th century. Watsontown was an important part of a transportation network that included roads, railroads, and canals along the Susquehanna River. Many businesses were located here because of this. Part of the old canal and the tow path used by mules at the time is still visible along the river.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,255 people, 967 households, and 591 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,161.9 people per square mile (1,226.3/km²). There were 1,017 housing units at an average density of 1,426.0/sq mi (553.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.67% White, 0.40% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 967 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 79.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

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