New Beaver, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 40°52′46″N 80°22′21″W / 40.87944°N 80.37250°W / 40.87944; -80.37250
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New Beaver, Pennsylvania
Municipal building
Municipal building
Location in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Location in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°52′46″N 80°22′21″W / 40.87944°N 80.37250°W / 40.87944; -80.37250
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (borough)November 18, 1959
 • MayorRobert M. Crawford
 • Total14.57 sq mi (37.73 km2)
 • Land14.45 sq mi (37.43 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
Highest elevation
[2] (east of PA 168)
1,285 ft (392 m)
Lowest elevation735 ft (224 m)
 • Ranklowest point in Lawrence County
 • Total1,372
 • Density94.95/sq mi (36.66/km2)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (EDT)
Area code724

New Beaver is a borough in southern Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,370 at the 2020 census.[4] It is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.


Big Beaver Township was established as one of the thirteen townships in Lawrence County. Initially, Big Beaver Township included what is now the borough of Wampum. Wampum became a separate borough on February 19, 1876, the same year that the Wampum Cement and Lime Company began. It is worth noting that the cement plant was located outside the borough of Wampum in what remained as Big Beaver Township.

There were five schools in Big Beaver Township in 1875. There were approximately 266 enrolled students. The average attendance was 170 and the school term was seven months.

The area of Big Beaver Township suffered growth and loss over the next seventy five years. Two world wars and several depressions saw the population and industry decline. The Borough of Wampum, in search of a larger tax base, decided to annex the Medusa Cement Plant from Big Beaver Township. At that time, according to Pennsylvania state law, a township could not prevent a borough from annexing property and Wampum succeeded in annexing the property into Wampum. Shortly after this, the Borough of Ellwood began to consider annexing the property south of the cement plant. In 1958, the township trustees began the process of changing Big Beaver Township into the Borough of New Beaver in order to prevent the further annexation. The charter was signed on November 18, 1959, however the community continued to operate as a township until elections could be held in 1961.[5]


New Beaver is located at 40°52′46″N 80°22′21″W / 40.87944°N 80.37250°W / 40.87944; -80.37250 (40.879553, -80.372525).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 14.5 square miles (38 km2), of which 14.5 square miles (38 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.28%, is water.


A portion of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 148 is located in New Beaver.[7][8]


Historical population
2021 (est.)1,361[4]−0.7%

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 1,677 people, 652 households, and 477 families residing in the borough. The population density was 115.9 inhabitants per square mile (44.7/km2). There were 696 housing units at an average density of 48.1 per square mile (18.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.21% White, 1.43% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.06% from other races, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 652 households, out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $36,333, and the median income for a family was $39,492. Males had a median income of $31,509 versus $21,838 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,893. About 8.5% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Darlington Topo Map, Beaver County PA (New Galilee Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 12, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  5. ^ "New Beaver Borough History". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ The National Map, retrieved 29 September 2018
  8. ^ Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 148, retrieved 29 September 2018
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "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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