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Overview

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.

Bellefonte History

The area was originally settled in 1795. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,287
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+3,353
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married50.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,646
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$38,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,998

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,464
% Above Poverty Level87.8%
% Below Poverty Level12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.8%
Median Gross Rent$784
Median House Value$173,700

Ancestry

Irish11.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.2%
English7.6%
Polish7.2%
Italian6.6%
Dutch2.7%
Scottish2.3%
Welsh2.1%
Arab2.1%
French Except Basque2%
Moroccan1.4%
African1.3%
Slovak1.2%
Greek1.1%
Russian1%
Croatian0.9%
Canadian0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Romanian0.6%
German0.6%
Iraqi0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Czech0.2%
Slovene0.1%
Swedish0.1%
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Bellefonte Almanac

CategoryValue
County Centre County
Standard Zip Codes16823
Phone Area Codes814
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.91
Approximate Longitude-77.76

Bellefonte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSTATE COLLEGE
Distance9.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp41 to 60 F
Annual Precip39.7 inches
StationLOCK HAVEN SEWAGE PLANT
Distance22.2 miles
Jan Temp16 to 34 F
Apr Temp35 to 61 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 64 F
Annual Precip41 inches
StationLEWISTOWN
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip40.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beech Creek748$52,188
Centre Hall1,228$61,932
Howard671$56,250
Milesburg829$56,875
Snow Shoe855$68,571
State College42,074$75,625

Bellefonte Public Libraries

Centre Co Lib & Hist Museum
203 NORTH ALLEGHENY ST
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
(814) 355-1516

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Bellefonte Public Schools

Bellefonte Area Hs
830 E Bishop St
ZIP: 16823
(814) 355-4833
High
Total Enrollment 816
Bellefonte Area Ms
100 N School St
ZIP: 16823
(814) 355-5466
Middle
Total Enrollment 632
Bellefonte El Sch
100 W Linn St
ZIP: 16823
(814) 355-5519
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Benner El Sch
490 Buffalo Run Rd
ZIP: 16823
(814) 355-2812
Primary
Total Enrollment 258
Marion-walker El Sch
100 School Dr
ZIP: 16823
(814) 357-2425
Primary
Total Enrollment 334

Bellefonte Private Schools

Centre County Christian Academy
100 Hertzler Dr
ZIP: 16823
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Sunset View School
894 Hubler Ridge Rd
ZIP: 16823
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
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