Pennsylvania Columbia County Public Schools

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Created on March 22, 1813 from part of Northumberland County. Its name is a poetic allusion to America.

Bloomsburg, the county seat since November 30, 1847, was incorporated as a town on March 4, 1870, and is the only incorporated town in the state. Its name comes from Bloom Township, which was named for Samuel Bloom, a commissioner of Northumberland County. Danville, the county seat from 1813 to 1846, is now the seat of Montour County.

Native American communities had long lived here along the Susquehanna River, and the first white settlement was south of the river. Berwick was laid out in 1783. As a North Branch Canal depot and then a railroad station, Catawissa grew and served a thriving farm region. Anthracite mining and a lumber boom arose but, like Columbia’s farming, yielded to competition in the 1930s. Abandoned deep coal mines have burned for decades beneath the town of Centralia. ACF’s railroad car complex and Bloomsburg’s silk and carpet works prospered until the national trend toward deindustrialization began in recent decades. ACF manufactured tanks during World War II. The county’s farming has emphasized fruit and field crops; in 1992 Columbia ranked 37th among all 67 counties in value of farm crops. Farms cover 37 percent of the county’s area. There were Underground Railroad stations at Berwick and Millville. Some of the accused Molly Maguires were tried in Bloomsburg in 1877.

Columbia County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 485.5 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 134.1 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 16.4%. On the 2000 census form, 99.4% of the population reported only one race, with 0.8% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.9% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.42 persons compared to an average family size of 2.90 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $39,158. Per capita income grew by 7.7% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 65,111 Covered Employment 25,586
Growth (%) since 1990 3.0% Average wage per job $32,981
Households (2000) 24,915 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 24.7%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 36,540 Average wage per job $39,158
Unemployment Rate (2009) 8.6 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 4.5%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $30,432 Average wage per job $34,375
Median Household Income (2008) $43,399 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 11.3%
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.4 Average wage per job $35,188
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 80.6 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.3%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 15.8 Average wage per job $33,390
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1. APPLEMAN EL SCHOOL
Address: 600 Green Acres Road, Benton, PA 17814
Phone: (570) 925-6971
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 401
Grades: KG-6

2. BEAVER-MAIN EL SCHOOL
Address: 245 Beaver Valley Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-0309
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 117
Grades: KG-5

3. BENTON AREA MSHS
Address: 600 Green Acres Road, Benton, PA 17814
Phone: (570) 925-2651
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 343
Grades: 7-12

4. BERWICK AREA HS
Address: 1100 Fowler Ave, Berwick, PA 18603
Phone: (570) 759-6400
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 947
Grades: 9-12

5. BLOOMSBURG AREA HS
Address: 1200 Railroad St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-6100
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 460
Grades: 9-12

6. BLOOMSBURG AREA MS
Address: 1100 Railroad St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-9100
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 417
Grades: 6-8

7. CENTRAL COLUMBIA EL SCHOOL
Address: 4777 Old Berwick Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-6120
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 707
Grades: KG-4

8. CENTRAL COLUMBIA MS
Address: 4777 Old Berwick Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-6103
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 682
Grades: 5-8

9. CENTRAL COLUMBIA SHS
Address: 4777 Old Berwick Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-2833
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 648
Grades: 9-12

10. COLUMBIA-MONTOUR AVTS
Address: 5050 Sweppenheiser Dr, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-8040
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 669
Grades: 9-12

11. FOURTEENTH STREET EL SCHOOL
Address: 1401 N Market St, Berwick, PA 18603
Phone: (570) 759-6430
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 226
Grades: KG-5

12. HARTMAN EL CTR
Address: 802 Southern Drive, Catawissa, PA 17820
Phone: (570) 356-3250
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 543
Grades: KG-4

13. MEMORIAL EL SCHOOL
Address: 500 Market St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-7885
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 428
Grades: KG-5

14. MILLVILLE AREA EL SCHOOL
Address: Po Box 300, Millville, PA 17846
Phone: (570) 458-5538
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 429
Grades: KG-6

15. MILLVILLE AREA JSHS
Address: Po Box 260, Millville, PA 17846
Phone: (570) 458-5538
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 307 7-12

16. ORANGE STREET EL SCHOOL
Address: 845 Orange St, Berwick, PA 18603
Phone: (570) 759-6422
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 382
Grades: KG-5

17. SOUTHERN COLUMBIA HS
Address: 812 Southern Drive, Catawissa, PA 17820
Phone: (570) 356-3450
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 416
Grades: 9-12

18. SOUTHERN COLUMBIA MS
Address: 810 Southern Drive, Catawissa, PA 17820
Phone: (570) 356-3400
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 454
Grades: 5-8

19. SUSQ-CYBER CS
Address: 240 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 245-0252
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 159
Grades: 9-12

20. W W EVANS MEMORIAL EL SCHOOL
Address: 59 Perry Ave, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 784-3167
County: Columbia County
Enrollment: 260
Grades: KG-5