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Encyclopedia > Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg is a town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Wilkes Barre along the Susquehanna River. In 1900, the population of Bloomsburg stood at 6,170; in 1910, 7,413; and in 1940, 9,799. The population was 12,375 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Columbia CountyGR6. The town is home to the Bloomsburg Fair. Image File history File links Map_of_Pennsylvania_highlighting_Columbia_County. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x1700, 46 KB) Other versions Image:Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania. ... Columbia County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Wilkes-Barre (pronounced wilkes-berry, wilkes-bear-ah or wilkes-bear, and most often by non-natives as wilkes-bar) is a city located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... The Susquehanna River is a river in the northeastern United States. ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Columbia County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... The Bloomsburg Fair has been held in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania since 1855. ...

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Only Town

For more than a century, starting in 1870, Bloomsburg held the distinction of being the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania. While other municipalities are often commonly referred to as towns, they were all officially classified as either cities, boroughs, or townships. Bloomsburg still uses the slogan of "The only TOWN in Pennsylvania," and state government publications continue to recognize Bloomsburg as "the only incorporated town" in Pennsylvania. [1] [2] [3] However, in 1975, McCandless Township, in Allegheny County adopted a home rule charter under the name "Town of McCandless". [4] [5] Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a residential community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A borough is an administrative division used in various countries. ... In Pennsylvania, a township is a unit of local government (see civil township) subordinate to a county, and distinct from cities and boroughs. ... McCandless is a census-designated place and township located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... Location in the state of Pennsylvania Formed January 22, 1800 Seat Pittsburgh Area  - Total  - Water 1,929 km² (745 mi²) 38 km² (15 mi²) 1. ...


Geography

Bloomsburg is located at 41°0′2″N, 76°27′14″W (41.000614, -76.453950)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.0 km² (4.6 mi²). 11.4 km² (4.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (4.98%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 12,375 people, 4,080 households, and 1,791 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,088.4/km² (2,818.1/mi²). There were 4,399 housing units at an average density of 386.9/km² (1,001.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.42% White, 2.60% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,080 households out of which 19.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.1% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% 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 2.83. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 12.3% under the age of 18, 45.5% from 18 to 24, 18.6% from 25 to 44, 12.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 77.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.7 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $24,868, and the median income for a family was $39,806. Males had a median income of $29,940 versus $19,961 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,819. About 10.5% of families and 31.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

Bloomsburg is served by the Bloomsburg Area School District, which has about 1,800 students enrolled. Students in some nearby townships attend Central Columbia School District, which serves about 2,100 students. The Bloomsburg Area School District is one of the 501 school districts of Pennsylvania. ... Central Colubmia School District is located outside of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania in Columbia County. ...


The town is also home to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which has about 7,600 undergraduate and 760 graduate students. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly referred to as Bloomsburg, Bloom or BU, is an public university located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. ... The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ...


Notable businesses

Notable businesses located in or near the town of Bloomsburg include Mariano Construction Inc, R.R. Donnelly & Sons, a book-binding company, Kawneer Inc, manufacturer of aluminum building products, Del Monte Foods, Bernardi's Italian Foods, Magee-Rieter Automotive Systems, MoonLite Telescope Acessories and Anondizing, which makes eyepiece focusers and truss-tube Dobsonian telescope components, and The Bloomsburg Hospital. The local Special Olympics has its 3rd annual Bocce Bash at the Nelson Field House on campus at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in November. A Dobsonian telescope on display at Stellafane in the early 1980s In amateur astronomy the Dobsonian telescope is a type of telescope design that has become popular because it allows for the building of extremely simple and rugged large-aperture telescopes at low cost. ... Special Olympics is an international organization created to help people with intellectual disabilities develop self-confidence and social skills through sports training and competition. ... Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly referred to as Bloomsburg, Bloom or BU, is an public university located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. ...


Arts

Bloomsburg is home to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble was founded in 1978 to establish a resident professional ensemble for the production of quality entertainment and educational programs for the region, and to promote the arts.


Local media

Bloomsburg is served by one daily newspaper, the Press Enterprise. Several radio stations also serve the area, including WHLM-AM (formerly WCNR-AM) and WFYY-FM (formerly WHLM-FM). The town is primarily served by Service Electric Cablevision and receives both the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market television stations and Philadelphia stations. The Press Enterprise logo. ... Wilkes-Barre (pronounced wilkes-berry or wilkes-bear, and most often by non-natives as wilkes-bar) is a city located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... The City of Scranton is the county seat of Lackawanna CountyGR6 in Northeastern Pennsylvania, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 76,415 (2003 estimate: 74,320). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Cradle of Liberty, the City That Loves You Back, the Quaker City, The Birthplace of America Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor...


Nearby

Nearby municipalities include Danville, Berwick, Millville, Catawissa, Mainville and Benton. Danville is a borough located in Montour County, Pennsylvania, of which it is the county seat. ... Berwick is a borough located in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Wilkes Barre. ... Millville is a borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Catawissa is a borough located in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. ... Mainville is a census-designated place located in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. ... Benton is a borough located in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. ...


References

  1. ^ The Pennsylvania Manual 117
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Local Government Fact Sheet, 2005
  3. ^ "Local Government Entities in Pennsylvania" and "Municipal Statistics" in Legislator’s Municipal Deskbook for Pennsylvania
  4. ^ Bloomsburg
  5. ^ Pennsylvania code, Title 302, Chapter 23

External links


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Municipalities and Communities of Columbia County, Pennsylvania
(County Seat: Bloomsburg)
Towns Bloomsburg
Boroughs Ashland | Benton | Berwick | Briar Creek | Catawissa | Centralia | Millville | Orangeville | Stillwater
Townships Beaver | Benton | Briar Creek | Catawissa | Cleveland | Conyngham | Fishing Creek | Franklin | Greenwood | Hemlock | Jackson | Locust | Madison | Main | Mifflin | Montour | Mount Pleasant | North Centre | Orange | Pine | Roaring Creek | Scott | South Centre | Sugarloaf
Communities and CDPs Almedia | Aristes | Buckhorn | Espy | Eyers Grove | Fernville | Foundryville | Iola | Jamison City | Jerseytown | Jonestown | Lightstreet | Lime Ridge | Locustdale | Mainville | Mifflinville | Numidia | Rohrsburg | Rupert | Slabtown | Waller | Wilburton Number One | Wilburton Number Two

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