Inside out: Located at the confluence of the Beaver and Ohio rivers, the 1.1-square-mile borough was laid out in a grid along the banks of the Ohio, with numbered streets running parallel to the river. Planners included four public parks and a town square, so no one has to walk more than three blocks to enjoy a public green space or the riverbank.
The borough’s population is 4,471. You might be surprised to know that many of the sidewalks are paved with bricks and giving the area a hometown feel. Third Street is home to dozens of businesses, many of them family-owned, including Kretchmar’s Bakery, the Beaver Yarn Shoppe and Castle Toys and Games.
History was made here at Fort McIntosh. Built in 1778, it served as the headquarters for the Continental Army and was the site of a 1785 treaty that opened the Northwest to settlement. The borough became the county seat in 1800 when the county was formed.
Schools: Beaver Area School District (basd.k12.pa.us)
Enrollment: 2,070. All students in grades 7-12 are issued an iPad.
Average SAT scores: Reading, 514; Math, 525; Writing, 483
Taxes: Real estate taxes on a house assessed at $100,000 are $11,400; the median assessed property value in Beaver Borough for 2015 was $27,950, with a yearly tax bill of $3,186.
Taxes for 652 Bank St.: $3,262.
Borough: $685.20 (24 mills)
School: $1,943 (72.20 mills)
Beaver County: $633.80 (22.2 mills)
Earned income tax: 1 percent