Millerstown, Pennsylvania

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Millerstown is a borough in Perry County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 679 at the 2000 census. It is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Millerstown is located on a tract of land originally sold to James Gallagher on September 23, 1766, however, there is evidence that a small town named "Smithfield" was founded by him before then.

This plot of ground was later sold to David Miller on September 1, 1780, who filed for a patent in 1790 for the "laying out of the town," thus making Miller's Town the first town to be plotted for sale in the territory at that time comprising Perry County. Miller's Town was later combined to form Millerstown.

Millerstown Borough was incorporated February 12, 1849, and the first meeting of the newly-formed town council was held on April 14, 1849. Abraham Addams was the first chief burgess (mayor), and John M. Cauffman, Christian Beck, James R. Gilmer, and Jacob Emerick, were members of the first Borough Council. Thomas P. Cochran was the first council clerk with a salary of $2.50 a year.

Today Millerstown is home to many old stone houses, some dating back to the 18th century.


Millerstown is located at 40°33′3″N 77°9′17″W / 40.55083°N 77.15472°W / 40.55083; -77.15472 (40.550884, -77.154659)[1], along the Juniata River in northern Perry County, at the junctions of U.S. Routes 22 and 322 and Pennsylvania Route 17. It is 33 miles northwest of the state capital, Harrisburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (6.52%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 679 people, 275 households, and 196 families residing in the borough. The population density was 788.7 people per square mile (304.8/km²). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 339.2/sq mi (131.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.12% White, 0.29% African American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

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