In the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a borough is a self-governing municipal entity that is usually smaller than a city. There are 958 boroughs in Pennsylvania.[1] All municipalities in Pennsylvania are classified as either cities, boroughs, or townships.[1] The only exception to this is the town of Bloomsburg which is recognized by state government as the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania.[2] However, in 1975, McCandless Township in Allegheny County adopted a home rule charter under the name "Town of McCandless", but remains classified as a township by the state government.[3]

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  1. ^ a b The Pennsylvania Manual, pp. 6–3.
  2. ^ The Pennsylvania Manual, pp. 6–61.
  3. ^ Title 302, Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 23


  • Trostle, Sharon, ed (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual. 119. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X. 

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