Halifax, Pennsylvania

Halifax is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. Halifax was incorporated as a borough on May 29, 1785. It is situated at the confluence of Armstrong Creek and the Susquehanna River. The population was 841 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Halifax, Pennsylvania
Halifax National Bank
Halifax National Bank
Location in Dauphin County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Dauphin County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Halifax is located in Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania and the United States
Halifax is located in the United States
Halifax (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°28′03″N 76°55′52″W / 40.46750°N 76.93111°W / 40.46750; -76.93111Coordinates: 40°28′03″N 76°55′52″W / 40.46750°N 76.93111°W / 40.46750; -76.93111
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • MayorJeffrey O. Enders
 • Total0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Land0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
433 ft (132 m)
 • Total841
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,639.88/sq mi (1,020.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)717 and 223
FIPS code42-32032

Fort Halifax was located along the Susquehanna River near the present borough. It was a temporary stronghold for the Pennsylvania colonial militia from 1756 to 1757, during the French and Indian War. Prior to settlement by Europeans the area was inhabited by North American Indians, presumably Susquehannocks, evidenced by frequent unearthing of tools and arrowheads by local residents and farmers.

Just outside the borough of Halifax lies the Clemson Island Prehistoric District, on Clemson Island which falls under the jurisdiction of Halifax Township.


The Legislative Route 1 Sycamore Allee is located along both sides of the road south of Halifax and on the east side of the road north of Halifax; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[4]


Halifax is located in western Dauphin County at 40°28′3″N 76°55′52″W / 40.46750°N 76.93111°W / 40.46750; -76.93111 (40.467623, -76.931156),[5] on the east bank of the Susquehanna River. Pennsylvania Route 147 passes through the borough, leading north along the Susquehanna 6 miles (10 km) to Millersburg and southwest 7 miles (11 km) to U.S. Route 22 near Duncannon. Pennsylvania Route 225 leads northeast from Halifax 9 miles (14 km) to Elizabethville. It follows PA 147 south out of Halifax, then splits off to head south over Peters Mountain to Dauphin, 9 miles (14 km) south of Halifax.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Halifax has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.87 km2), all of it land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)887[2]5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 875 people, 386 households, and 240 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,578.4 people per square mile (993.6/km²). There were 419 housing units at an average density of 1,234.7 per square mile (475.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.40% White, 0.46% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 386 households, out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,597, and the median income for a family was $37,222. Males had a median income of $33,438 versus $24,643 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,443. About 7.7% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under 18 and 13.6% of those over 64.

Politics and governmentEdit

Mayor Jeffrey O. Enders

Borough Council

Council meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Borough Building

  • Michael Enders, term ends 1-2016
  • Paul Enders, Term exp. 1-2018
  • Charles Bisking, Term exp. 1-2016
  • Christopher T. Blose, Term exp. 1-2018
  • Dennis Enders, Term exp. 1-2016
  • Dana Michael, Term exp. 1-2016
  • James R. Brown, Term exp. 1-2018
State level
Federal level


Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Halifax Borough may attend the local, public schools operated by Halifax Area School District which provides taxpayer funded preschool, full day kindergarten through 12th grade. The District's enrollment declined to 1,077 students K-12 in 2013. Halifax Area School District ranked 314th out of 500 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils in 2013. Halifax Area High School is the sole high school operated by the district.

Halifax Borough residents may also apply to attend Infinity Charter School located on 51 Banks St, Harrisburg, the Capital Area School for the Arts located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and any of the Commonwealth's 13 public cyber charter schools at no additional cost to their parents. The Halifax Area School District is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.[8][9] By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Halifax Area School District were: Elementary School - $9,225, High School - $11,629.

High school aged students can attend the taxpayer funded Dauphin County Technical School which is funded taxpayer funded by the district through its annual budget.

Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes Halifax Borough. Early screening, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements. CAIU15 also operates Capital Area Online Learning Association which is an online learning program operated in association with the local public schools.[10]

Northern Dauphin Christian School is a private school available to the borough's residents. Northern Dauphin Christian School offers an Early Education Center for three- and four-year-olds, 1/2 day kindergarten and full day first through ninth grades. The school is located near Elizabethviile, Pennsylvania.[11]

Halifax residents also have access to Harrisburg Area Community College. People residing in Halifax Borough fund HACC in part through an annual payment made by Halifax Area School District, using local tax dollars.[12] Twenty two local public school districts are required to contribute annually to HACC regardless of whether any residents are attending the college. Full-time students from these districts, who attend HACC, pay $1,674 for 12 credit hours.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Halifax borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools".
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?".
  10. ^ CAOLA administration (2012). "Capital Area Online Learning Association". Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Northern Dauphin Christian School Administration (2013). "Northern Dauphin Christian School About Us".
  12. ^ cate McKissick (April 15, 2013). "Harrisburg school district OKs smaller HACC contribution amount for next year".

External linksEdit

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