New Holland, Pennsylvania

New Holland (Pennsylvania Dutch: Seischwamm) is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,378,[2] up from 5,092 in the 2000 census.

New Holland, Pennsylvania
House on West Main Street
House on West Main Street
Etymology: Holland
Location in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Location in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
New Holland is located in Pennsylvania
New Holland
New Holland
Location in Pennsylvania
New Holland is located in the United States
New Holland
New Holland
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°06′08″N 76°05′16″W / 40.10222°N 76.08778°W / 40.10222; -76.08778Coordinates: 40°06′08″N 76°05′16″W / 40.10222°N 76.08778°W / 40.10222; -76.08778
CountryUnited States
 • MayorTim Bender
 • Total1.94 sq mi (5.03 km2)
 • Land1.94 sq mi (5.03 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
495 ft (151 m)
 • Total5,378
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,812.15/sq mi (1,085.78/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)717 Exchanges: 351,354,355


New Holland was settled in 1728 by brothers John Michael and John Phillip Ranc (Ranck).[4] Before it became known as New Holland, it had been called "Hog Swamp", "Earltown" and "New Design".[5]

The New Holland Machine Company, which later became New Holland Agriculture, and John Casper Stoever Log House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

New Holland has been the twin city of Longvic, France since 1967 because there was a Case New Holland plant in the French commune.[7]


New Holland is located in eastern Lancaster County at 40°6′8″N 76°5′16″W / 40.10222°N 76.08778°W / 40.10222; -76.08778 (40.102095, -76.087646).[8] Pennsylvania Route 23 passes through the borough as Main Street, leading east 11 miles (18 km) to Morgantown and west 14 miles (23 km) to Lancaster, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it recorded as land.[1] The borough lies on a low ridge, with the north side draining via Groff Creek and other small streams to the Conestoga River and the south side draining to Mill Creek, a west-flowing tributary of the Conestoga, which flows southwest to the Susquehanna River.


New Holland is a terminus of the New Holland Secondary rail line, which splits off the Amtrak Keystone Line just east of Lancaster. The line is owned by Norfolk Southern Railway and serves a number of businesses along the way, notably RR Donnelley and Sons Printing in Lancaster, as well as one of the Dart Container factories,and L&S Sweeteners, both in Leola.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)5,464[3]1.6%

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 5,092 people, 2,084 households, and 1,448 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,444.2 people per square mile (945.2/km2). There were 2,159 housing units at an average density of 1,036.3 per square mile (400.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.34% White, 1.02% African American, 0.08% Native American, .025% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.57% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.42% of the population.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $44,446, and the median income for a family was $50,758. Males had a median income of $37,002 versus $25,766 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,187. About 3.4% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.

Public servicesEdit


The Eastern Lancaster County School District has its district headquarters in New Holland. This site houses Garden Spot High School and Garden Spot Middle School. Elementary schools within the district include New Holland, Blue Ball and Brecknock.

The area is served by the Eastern Lancaster County Library (ELANCO Library),[13] formerly known as New Holland Library. The ELANCO Library is located on Chestnut Street in New Holland and is a member of the Library System of Lancaster County.


The New Holland Farmers Fair is an annual festival held in New Holland.[14] Since its inception in 1927, the fair has been held 88 times; due to World War II, the fair was not held from 1941 to 1945.[15] The fair was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), New Holland borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Ranks of the Ranks: A history of the Ranck (Ranc) Family in Lancaster County"
  5. ^ "A Brief History of New Holland". Retrieved 2009-01-07.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "new_holland_secondary_doc.pdf" (PDF). Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
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  14. ^ "New Holland Farmers Fair". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
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