Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

Ellwood City is a borough primarily in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a small portion in Beaver County. Ellwood City is 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Pittsburgh and some 8 miles (13 km) southeast of New Castle. In the past, Ellwood City sustained many heavy industries such as steel-tube mills, steel-car works, building-stone and limestone quarries, foundries and machine shops, and coal-mining. The population was 7,921 at the 2010 census.[6] Of the population, 7,289 lived in Lawrence County, while 632 lived in Beaver County.

Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Ewing Park in Ellwood City
Ewing Park in Ellwood City
"Changing Lives, Living Change"[1]
Location of Ellwood City in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Ellwood City in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°51′40″N 80°17′5″W / 40.86111°N 80.28472°W / 40.86111; -80.28472Coordinates: 40°51′40″N 80°17′5″W / 40.86111°N 80.28472°W / 40.86111; -80.28472
CountryUnited States
CountiesLawrence, Beaver
 • MayorTony Court
 • Total2.36 sq mi (6.11 km2)
 • Land2.32 sq mi (6.02 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation883 ft (269 m)
 • Total7,921
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,135.11/sq mi (1,210.44/km2)
 • Demonyms
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)724, 878
FIPS code42-23304[5]
GNIS feature ID1211951[3]


Ellwood City is located at 40°51′40″N 80°17′05″W / 40.860983°N 80.284849°W / 40.860983; -80.284849 (40.860983, -80.284849).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 2.09%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)7,286[4]−8.0%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 8,688 people, 3,716 households, and 2,393 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,716.6 people per square mile (1,433.5/km2). There were 4,006 housing units at an average density of 1,713.7 per square mile (661.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.22% White, 0.81% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 3,716 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. Of all households, 32.3% were made up of individuals, and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $28,926, and the median income for a family was $40,758. Males had a median income of $31,703 versus $21,285 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,784. About 8.6% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

The population at the 2010 census was 7,921, a change of -8.8% since 2000. There were 3,721 males (47.0%) and 4,200 females (53.0%). The median age was 42.0 years, compared to 40.1 for the state of Pennsylvania.[6]

The estimated median household income in 2007 was $35,555 (it was $28,926 in 2000), while in Pennsylvania it was $48,576. Estimated per capita income in 2007 was $18,674 in Ellwood City, versus $26,228 for the entire state. Estimated median house or condo value in 2007 was $91,245 (it was $75,700 in 2000), versus $155,000 for the state.[citation needed]

Notable peopleEdit

In popular cultureEdit

The PBS Kids TV series Arthur takes place in a fictional town of Elwood City (note the lack of the second L in this name), which has a remarkably similar geography and topography to its namesake. Also of noted coincidence is the town of Crown City often mentioned in the show (a town distant from Elwood City and accessed on the show by either bus or train ride): in real life, there is a town 190 miles southwest in Ohio named Crown City along the Ohio River, 15 miles northeast of Huntington, West Virginia, although not as populated or having as many resources as the fictional version.


  1. ^ "The Borough of Ellwood City". The Borough of Ellwood City. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Ellwood City borough, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  11. ^ "GERLACH, Jim, (1955 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "Ellwood City honors PA Supreme Court Judge Debra McCloskey Todd". Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Hack Wilson Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  14. ^ "George Zeber Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.

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