Wampum, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 40°53′19″N 80°20′23″W / 40.88861°N 80.33972°W / 40.88861; -80.33972
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Wampum, Pennsylvania
Businesses on Main Street
Businesses on Main Street
Location in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Location in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Wampum is located in Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Wampum is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°53′19″N 80°20′23″W / 40.88861°N 80.33972°W / 40.88861; -80.33972
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJesse Altman
 • Total1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)
 • Land0.98 sq mi (2.55 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
[2] (middle of borough)
860 ft (260 m)
Highest elevation
[2] (southwest corner of borough)
1,160 ft (350 m)
Lowest elevation
[2] (Beaver River)
740 ft (230 m)
 • Total557 Decrease
 • Estimate 
 • Density668.02/sq mi (258.04/km2)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (EDT)
Area code(s)724, 878

Wampum is a borough in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. The population was 557 at the 2020 census.[3] It is part of the New Castle micropolitan area.


Wampum is located at 40°53′19″N 80°20′23″W / 40.88861°N 80.33972°W / 40.88861; -80.33972 (40.888657, -80.339650).[4] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), of which 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 4.17%, is water.

Wampum is drained by two tributaries to the Beaver River, including Eckles Run on the north and Wampum Run on the south.


Historical population
2021 (est.)552[3]−0.9%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 678 people, 290 households, and 182 families residing in the borough. The population density was 736.1 inhabitants per square mile (284.2/km2). There were 310 housing units at an average density of 336.6 per square mile (130.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.05% White, 1.77% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.44% Asian, and 0.59% from two or more races.

There were 290 households, out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,205, and the median income for a family was $36,094. Males had a median income of $31,023 versus $26,071 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,598. About 11.8% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.


Wampum Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Main and Clyde streets, as shown on an old postcard

Wampum had its own school district called Wampum Public Schools from 1914 to 1962. The district also included students from nearby Chewton and, after 1954, New Beaver. Since 1962, children in Wampum proper and Chewton have attend Ellwood City Area School District, which is considered the legal successor to Wampum Public Schools due to state-mandated school consolidation in the 1960s. Due to a dispute with the former Big Beaver Township School District that had an informal union with Wampum Public Schools but never fully merged with Wampum, children in New Beaver have attended Big Beaver's successor Mohawk Area School District since Ellwood City absorbed Wampum Public Schools.[8][9]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The town was mentioned in the 1986 film Platoon by Chris Taylor, a character played by Charlie Sheen.[10]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Wampum Run Topo Map, Lawrence County PA (New Castle South Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". Census.gov. US Census Bureau. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  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 "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ "Lawrence County Memoirs: Wampum Public Schools - Wampum, PA".
  9. ^ "About Us". www.mohawk.k12.pa.us. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03.
  10. ^ "Platoon Quotes". www.quotes.net. Retrieved 2023-05-18.

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