As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,017 people, 936 households, and 496 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,163.5 people per square mile (1,996.8/km²). There were 1,107 housing units at an average density of 2,833.9/sq mi (1,095.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 76.10% White, 20.92% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races.Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 936 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.7% were married couples living together, 21.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 43.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 78.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $21,286, and the median income for a family was $32,037. Males had a median income of $26,512 versus $23,050 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,391. About 17.5% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.0% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.