According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.1 km² (1.6 mi²). 3.9 km² (1.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.80% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 5,624 people, 2,649 households, and 1,380 families residing in the borough. The population density is 1,428.6/km² (3,710.7/mi²). There are 3,339 housing units at an average density of 848.2/km² (2,203.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 97.40% White, 0.34% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 2.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,649 households out of which 20.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.5% are married couples living together, 13.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.9% are non-families. 42.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 26.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.07 and the average family size is 2.84.
In the borough the population is spread out with 19.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough is $18,714, and the median income for a family is $26,910. Males have a median income of $24,289 versus $19,783 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $12,562. 20.1% of the population and 16.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 32.3% are under the age of 18 and 16.1% are 65 or older.