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Beaver Falls is a city in Beaver Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 9,920 at the 2000 census. It is located 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Pittsburghmarker, and on the Beaver Rivermarker, six miles (9 km) from its confluence with the Ohio River. A variety of manufacturing plants had kept the residents busy in the twentieth century; however, the city has suffered a fair amount of economic malaise lately due to the decline in the steel-making capacity in the Pittsburghmarker region where Beaver Falls is situated.


Originally called Brighton, Beaver Falls was chartered as a borough in 1868. It adopted the commission form of government in 1913.

Population counts were as follows:

Nearly 75% of the population had dropped between 1940 and 2000, which is attributed mostly to its central location in the Rust Belt.

Travellers would often stop in Beaver Falls while going through Western Pennsylvania since there were many modes of transportation through the area. Some of these modes included the Beaver and Erie Canalmarker (1844-1872), the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (1875-1993), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (1952-present). The city was linked to Ellwood Citymarker in 1914 by the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway, an interurban trolley line. The line closed on 15 June 1931.

city is best known in fiction as the setting of the television situation comedy Mr. Belvedere. On May 31 1985, an F3 tornado hit just north of the city as it went across northern portions of Beaver County, as part of the 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak. The plates for United States paper currency are manufactured here. Geneva Collegemarker is located in the College Hill neighborhood on the north side of the city. The world's first recorded college basketball game occurred in the city on April 8, 1893 when the intramural team from Geneva College defeated the New Brighton YMCA.


Beaver Falls is located at (40.758865, -80.319737) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (7.02%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,920 people, 3,798 households, and 2,259 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,681.6 people per square mile (1,806.7/km²). There are 4,380 housing units at an average density of 2,067.1/sq mi (797.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.82% White, 17.53% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

Beaver Falls Municipal Authority

There were 3,798 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 9.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 16.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,344, and the median income for a family was $30,405. Males had a median income of $31,151 versus $22,243 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,808. About 19.8% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.8% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives and residents



Sites of interest

Carnegie Library


The closest airport to the city is Beaver County Airportmarker. Though located in Allegheny Countymarker, Pittsburgh International Airportmarker is within close proximity of Beaver Falls, and is easily accessible by way of PA 60.

PA 60 is located just west of the city, and is accessible from Beaver Falls via PA 51, PA 551, and PA 588. PA 18 is the main road through Beaver Falls, and becomes the city's Main Street when going through downtown. PA 65 is located southeast of Beaver Falls in New Brightonmarker. Plus, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is located just north of Beaver Falls, providing access to the entire state. PA 251 is a small highway located on the western edge of the city in the borough of West Mayfieldmarker.

Two major freight haulers in the city include CSX Transportation, and the Norfolk Southern Railway. Both railroads have their mainlines running through Beaver Falls. NS also has a subsidiary line along the east side of the Beaver River. Amtrak's Capitol Limited passes through the city on the NS mainline, but does not stop.

Though it isn't used for transporting goods and materials, the Beaver River is a navigable waterway for boating.


  1. Britten, Kenneth, Beaver Falls Gem of Beaver County, Arcadia Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-7385-2382-8.

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