Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania

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Shirleysburg is a borough in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 140 at the 2000 census.



Shirleysburg is located at 40°17′49″N 77°52′29″W / 40.29694°N 77.87472°W / 40.29694; -77.87472 (40.296892, -77.874652)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 140 people, 61 households, and 38 families residing in the borough. The population density was 878.5 people per square mile (337.8/km²). There were 64 housing units at an average density of 401.6/sq mi (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.86% White, 1.43% Native American, 0.71% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 61 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,586. There were 5.7% of families and 13.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 19.4% of under eighteens and 22.2% of those over 64.


Shirleysburg was originally the site of, and takes its name from Fort Shirley, a French and Indian War fort. The narrow gauge East Broad Top Railroad was constructed through Shirleysburg in 1873 and continued to serve the town until it ceased operations in 1956. Since 1960 EBT tourist trains have operated from Rockhill to Colgate Grove, just south of town, where a wye was constructed to turn trains. The inactive tracks of pass through the community on their way to Mount Union.

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