Terre Hill, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Terre Hill
Watermelons on their way to a farmers market, near the intersection of Sweigart Street and Pennsylvania Route 897.
Watermelons on their way to a farmers market, near the intersection of Sweigart Street and Pennsylvania Route 897.
Location of Terre Hill in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Terre Hill in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Terre Hill is located in Pennsylvania
Terre Hill
Terre Hill
Location of Terre Hill in Pennsylvania
Terre Hill is located in the United States
Terre Hill
Terre Hill
Terre Hill (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°09′27″N 76°03′01″W / 40.15750°N 76.05028°W / 40.15750; -76.05028Coordinates: 40°09′27″N 76°03′01″W / 40.15750°N 76.05028°W / 40.15750; -76.05028
CountryUnited States
 • MayorRobert R. Rissler
 • Total0.46 sq mi (1.18 km2)
 • Land0.46 sq mi (1.18 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
531 ft (162 m)
 • Total1,295
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,125.27/sq mi (1,207.94/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)717 Exchange: 445
FIPS code42-76400

Terre Hill is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,237 at the 2000 census, which rose to 1,261, as of July 2008.[3]


Terre Hill was formerly known as Fairville, Pennsylvania.[3] It was incorporated as a borough in 1907 after a successful court battle to separate from East Earl Township.[3] Geographically, Terre Hill overlooks the Weaverland Valley of eastern Lancaster County.[3]

The borough was once considered to be the hub of cigar-making in Lancaster County.[3] One of its most recognizable landmarks is a 19th-century clock located at the borough hall.[3]

Terre Hill's population was estimated to be 1,261, as of July 2008.[3] It is home to the second-fewest residents of any incorporated borough in Lancaster County, with the exception of Christiana.[3] Terre Hill has no traffic lights as of 2019.[3]


Terre Hill is located at 40°9′27″N 76°3′1″W / 40.15750°N 76.05028°W / 40.15750; -76.05028 (40.157565, -76.050410).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20171,422[2]9.8%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,237 people, 440 households, and 349 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,710.3 people per square mile (1,038.3/km²). There were 454 housing units at an average density of 994.7 per square mile (381.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.63% White, 0.16% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.73% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.86% of the population.

There were 440 households, out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 29.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $47,083, and the median income for a family was $47,891. Males had a median income of $36,815 versus $21,442 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,128. About 3.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

Annual events in Terre Hill[edit]

The borough has numerous public events throughout the year for residents and community members. These special events are sponsored by the fund raising group Terre Hill Days Committee. This committee donates all of its proceeds to maintenance and upkeep of the Terre Hill Park. Some events include: Breakfast & Yard Sales in the Park, Lunch in the Park, Ice Cream Social, Terre Hill Community Auction, Christmas Decorating Contest, Santa's Workshop, and a Community Egg Hunt. Terre Hill's main event is Terre Hill Days. In 2007, the Borough celebrated its centennial year with a special Terre Hill Days festival.

Starting in 2018, a Christmas in the Park event will be held as a fundraiser for Terre Hill Park.

Terre Hill in popular culture[edit]

In 1980, Calvin Trillin wrote a humorous article in the New Yorker about a dispute between the fire company of Terre Hill and its ladies auxiliary.[8]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wolf, Paula (2010-03-28). "Terre Hill tops early Census returns". Intelligencer Journal. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ Trillin, Calvin (November 10, 1980). "U.S. Journal: Terre Hill, PA. The Men and the Women". The New Yorker: 192–200.

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