Grove City is a borough in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, approximately 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. It is the home of Grove City College, a private conservative Christian liberal arts college as well as General Electric, Instron, USIS, George G. Howe Co. and a number of small businesses. It is also the home to George Junior Republic an all-boys institution. GJR serves to house, school, and treat 400 high school-aged boys from troubled backgrounds. Historically a traditional industrial center, Grove City has manufactured locomotive engines, carriages, gas engines, foundry products, and motor trucks. Over the years Grove City has maintained a small town atmosphere appealing to family life. Recreational facilities and medical facilities are readily available. Grove City has recently completed a revitalization of the downtown district designed to foster economic development. This involved a lengthy beautification initiative targeting the business district, which included the installation of two large community-based murals. The downtown area is composed mainly of small businesses, specialty shops, banking institutions and other service providers. In 1900, the population numbered 1,599; in 1910, 3,674 people lived there; and in 1940, 6,296 people lived there. The population was 8,024 at the 2000 census. Grove City is part of the Youngstown–Warren–Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.