Introduction to Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, in Centre county, is 98 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 120 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Part of the surrounding State College metro area, the town is not isolated and is home to some 6,395 residents.

Bellefonte History

The area was originally settled in 1795. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-PĂ©rigord conducted a land-speculation visit in this region in the 1790s. Since there was a natural spring in the area, he named the community "Bellefonte", which in French means "beautiful fountain". William Lamb, who owned a local mill, sold it to James Dunlop. Dunlop, together with his son-in-law, James Harris, laid out the town. In 1806, Bellefonte was officially incorporated as a borough. Following the discovery of iron in the area, the community of Bellefonte experienced significant growth and development.

Bellefonte and Nearby Attractions

  • Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Williams Grove Amusement Park
  • Juniata College Museum of Art
  • Black Moshannon State Park

Things To Do In Bellefonte

Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum preserves the home of Scottish-Irish Revolutionary War officer, David Boal. The streets of Bellefonte are lined with Victorian houses like the Hastings Mansion, the Bush House, and the town's first jail, all of which were constructed in the 1800s. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is a 1,500-acre park featuring exhibits that tell the story of the first railroad that was constructed over the Allegheny Mountains. Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, Railroaders Memorial Museum, and Baker Mansion are some of the other museums and historic sites in the region. In addition, Bellefonte, which is close to the 3,394-acre Black Moshannon State Park, features bike trails and a lake, as well as facilities for fishing, hiking, swimming, camping, and canoeing. Among the other popular attractions near Bellefonte are Williams Grove Amusement Park, Hershey's Chocolate World, Bald Eagle State Park, and Greenwood Furnace State Park.

Bellefonte Transportation

Harrisburg International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Bellefonte Higher Education

Colleges close to Bellefonte are Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University Park, and Juniata College.


Total Population 6,285
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,048
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.4%
Median Earnings25+ $33,333
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $37,679
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,614


Median Family Income $58,070
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 34.4%
Median Gross Rent $760
Median House Value $169,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 12.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bellefonte Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 98 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 120 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Centre
Metro Area State College
Standard Zip Codes 16823
Phone Area Codes 814
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.913
Longitude -77.778

Bellefonte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 60 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 41 inches
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bellefonte, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hublersburg (16823)

Wingate (16823)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beech Creek 715 $56,458
Centre Hall 1,244 $61,979
Howard 806 $56,719

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bellefonte Public Libraries

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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Bellefonte High Schools

Serves 958 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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