Jonestown, Columbia County, Pennsylvania

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Jonestown, Columbia County,
Ridge Road in Jonestown
Ridge Road in Jonestown
Location within Columbia County
Location within Columbia County
Jonestown is located in Pennsylvania
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°7′43″N 76°18′12″W / 41.12861°N 76.30333°W / 41.12861; -76.30333Coordinates: 41°7′43″N 76°18′12″W / 41.12861°N 76.30333°W / 41.12861; -76.30333
CountryUnited States
TownshipFishing Creek
 • Total0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
 • Land0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
696 ft (212 m)
 • Total64
 • Density175/sq mi (67.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-38392
GNIS feature ID1178161

Jonestown is a census-designated place (CDP) in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 64 at the 2010 census.[1] It is part of the BloomsburgBerwick Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Jonestown was established by Benjamin Jones in 1809, when he built a sawmill in the community, followed by a gristmill in 1811. The gristmill was used until 1968. A path between Wilkes-Barre and Muncy once passed through Jonestown.[2]

Historically, the Susquehanna and Tioga Turnpike passed through Jonestown.[3][4] As of 1915, there was a hotel in Jonestown.[2]


Jonestown is located in northeastern Columbia County at 41°7′36″N 76°18′9″W / 41.12667°N 76.30250°W / 41.12667; -76.30250 (41.126639, -76.302364),[5] at the foot of the north side of Huntington Mountain (also known as Knob Mountain). It is in southeastern Fishing Creek Township, on both sides of Huntington Creek, which runs southwest along the foot of Knob Mountain to join Fishing Creek, which in turn flows to the Susquehanna River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Jonestown CDP has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), of which 0.37 square miles (0.95 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 5.49%, is water.[6]


As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 64 people, 28 households, and 19 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 213.3 people per square mile (82.5/km2). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 120/sq mi (46.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 100.00% White.

There were 28 households, out of which 17.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.74.[1]

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 18.7% age 19 and under, 1.6% from 20 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 36.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.9 males. The population was composed of 44.8% males and 56.3% females.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $42,143. The per capita income for the CDP was $7,878. There were no families and 4.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 0.0% of those over 64.[8]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder - Results". Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
  2. ^ a b Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania, Containing a Concise History of the Two Counties and a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Representative Families ... J. H. Beers & Company. 1915. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
  3. ^ "Jonestown, PA - Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
  4. ^ "Chapter X, Fishingcreek Township, History of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania". Retrieved 2014-11-15.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Jonestown CDP, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder - Results". Retrieved 2014-11-15.