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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Official seal of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Snyder
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2)
Elevation 440 ft (130 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,383
 • Density 2,790.3/sq mi (1,076.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)
ZIP code 17870
Area code(s) 570 Exchanges: 372,374
Website Borough Website

Selinsgrove is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest borough in Snyder County. The population was 5,383 at the 2000 census.

Selinsgrove is located in the middle of the Susquehanna River Valley in Central Pennsylvania along US Route 11 & US Route 15, 50 miles (80 km) north of Harrisburg and about five miles (8 km) southwest of Sunbury. It is the home of Susquehanna University.


Selinsgrove was founded in 1787 by Captain Anthony Selin, who fought in the American Revolution.

The Penns Creek Massacre on October 16, 1755, was the first Indian hostility event in the region after General Braddock's defeat in the Seven Year War. A marker on the bank of Penns Creek north of Selinsgrove commemorates the massacre of 14 settlers and the capture of 11 more. In response to this and other Indian actions that day, Fort Augusta, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, the largest of Pennsylvania's frontier forts, was built in 1756 as a result of this conflict.

Selinsgrove Hall and Seibert Hall at Susquehanna University and Gov. Simon Snyder Mansion on Market Street are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2). Selinsgrove borders the Susquehanna River. The portion of the borough that is located between Penns Creek and the Susquehanna River is known locally as the "Isle of Que" (pronounced queue).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,261
1870 1,453 15.2%
1880 1,431 −1.5%
1890 1,315 −8.1%
1900 1,326 0.8%
1910 1,473 11.1%
1920 1,937 31.5%
1930 2,797 44.4%
1940 2,877 2.9%
1950 3,514 22.1%
1960 3,948 12.4%
1970 5,116 29.6%
1980 5,227 2.2%
1990 5,384 3.0%
2000 5,383 0.0%
2010 5,654 5.0%
Est. 2015 5,792 2.4%

Selinsgrove is the principal city in the Selinsgrove, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area, and is also part of the larger Bloomsburg-Berwick-Sunbury, PA Combined Statistical Area.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,383 people, 1,767 households, and 987 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,790.3 people per square mile (1,076.9/km²). There were 1,912 housing units at an average density of 991.1 per square mile (382.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.67% White, 2.73% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.87% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.92% of the population.

There were 1,767 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.1% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 14.6% under the age of 18, 34.9% from 18 to 24, 18.7% from 25 to 44, 15.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 77.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,034, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $29,679 versus $22,115 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,401. About 7.8% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

The average weekly wage for Snyder County in 2005 was $553. This is equivalent to $13.83 per hour or $28,756 per year, assuming a 40-hour week worked the year around.


Kidsgrove Park is a 3.25-acre neighborhood park maintained and operated by Kidsgrove, Inc. The park contains a large wooden play structure, universal swings and sandbox, a band shell, picnic pavilions and tables, accessible walking path and permanent restrooms that are open seasonally. Off-street parking is available.

Major Anthony Selin Park located on Sassafras Street is equipped with horseshoe, quoit, and basketball courts and soccer fields. A large covered pavilion for picnics can be reserved for outings and reunions. This facility also offers a kitchen area, restrooms, and game equipment. A “Life Trail”, which is a system of exercise and walking trails, is one feature of the park. Local businesses have donated kiosks that provide information on fitness for active adults. During the summer of 2011, this program offered a sport-camp atmosphere promoting physical activity. Activities will include soccer, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, etc. A different sport was featured each week. The program consisted of fitness and sports activities.

Pump House Park and Gazebo The Pump House Park includes a building that can be rented for any meeting, party, or group event. This facility contains restrooms and a kitchen, as well as a meeting space that comfortably seats about 30 people and can be rearranged for as many as 60. The Gazebo is another great feature of the park, located in an attractive setting along Penns Creek. The Gazebo is a popular spot for outdoor weddings, and also hosts a concert series of local performers during June, July, and August. For reservations, call the Borough Office. "Music at the Gazebo" is a program that runs from June through August with free concerts held in Pump House Park.

The East Snyder Park is a multi-use facility which is under development using state grants and local donations. It is located along the upper end of University Ave. near Rt. 522, at the location of the existing Penn Township ball fields. The master plan of the park calls for nine professional grade horseshoe pits, baseball, softball, football and soccer fields, a preschool playground with age appropriate apparatus (Kaboom grant) a playground for older children, and a small wetland conservation education area.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission maintains boating access to the Susquehanna River on the Isle of Que.

Susquehanna Greenway is a regional effort to link natural, cultural, historic, and recreational resources along the 500-mile (800 km) corridor of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.

A public swimming pool was built in the early 1970s.

Popular culture

On April 30, 1988 the world's longest banana split was created in Selinsgrove. It was 7.32 kilometres (4.55 mi) long.

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