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Wrightsville is a borough in York Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 2,223 at the 2000 census. Wrightsville borough has a police department, historic society, and a volunteer fire company.

Geography

Wrightsville is located at (40.024481, -76.531221) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,223 people, 955 households, and 606 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,572.8 people per square mile (1,384.4/km²). There were 1,009 housing units at an average density of 1,621.7/sq mi (628.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.62% White, 0.40% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.02% of the population.

There were 955 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,379, and the median income for a family was $47,083. Males had a median income of $33,587 versus $23,073 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,711. About 4.9% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

History

According to a plaque at Samuel S.marker Lewis State Parkmarker, which overlooks Wrightsville and the Susquehanna River, Wrightsville was George Washington's first choice as location of the Capital of the United States.

The world's longest covered bridge (5,960 ft) once spanned the Susquehanna from Wrightsville to neighboring Columbiamarker in Lancaster Countymarker. Built in 1814, it was destroyed by high water and ice in 1832. A replacement bridge was burned in June 1863 by state militia during the Gettysburg Campaign in the American Civil War. Confederate troops under John Brown Gordon formed a bucket brigade to save the town from fire. Yet another replacement covered bridge was destroyed by a windstorm a few years later. The final bridge, the Pennsylvania Railroad Bridgemarker, was a steel open-air bridge constructed in 1896 and razed in the early 1960s.

Wrightsville was the northern terminus of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canalmarker.

In 2007, Wrightsville was the chosen location for the rekindling of the War of the Roses between the York Revolution and the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball teams. Wrightsville was chosen for its location on the Susquehanna River, the boundary between Yorkmarker and Lancastermarker counties.

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