Blairsville, Pennsylvania

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Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Borough
Market Street
Market Street
Blairsville, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°25′56″N 79°15′47″W / 40.43222°N 79.26306°W / 40.43222; -79.26306Coordinates: 40°25′56″N 79°15′47″W / 40.43222°N 79.26306°W / 40.43222; -79.26306
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Indiana
Settled 1818
Incorporated 1825
Government
 • Type Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (4 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,412
 • Density 2,591.3/sq mi (1,000.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 15717
Area code(s) 724 - Exchange: 459

Blairsville is a borough in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, 43 miles east of Pittsburgh, and on the Conemaugh River.

History[edit]

Blairsville was settled in 1818 and incorporated in 1825. In the past, railway shops, foundries, machine shops, enameling plants, and manufactories of plate glass and lumber employed the residents. It was the seat of Blairsville College, a Presbyterian institution opened in 1851, and currently houses a campus for Wyoming Technical Institute. Population in 1910, 3,572, and in 1940, 5,002. The population was 3,412 at the 2010 census.

The Blairsville Armory and St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Rectory are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Geography[edit]

Blairsville is located in the southern portion of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, bordered by the Conemaugh River, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania to the south and west and Burrell Township to the north and east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,135
1860 1,009 −11.1%
1870 1,054 4.5%
1880 1,162 10.2%
1890 3,126 169.0%
1900 3,386 8.3%
1910 3,572 5.5%
1920 4,391 22.9%
1930 5,296 20.6%
1940 5,002 −5.6%
1950 5,000 0.0%
1960 4,930 −1.4%
1970 4,411 −10.5%
1980 4,166 −5.6%
1990 3,595 −13.7%
2000 3,607 0.3%
2010 3,412 −5.4%
Est. 2012 3,410 −0.1%
Sources:[2][3][4]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,607 people, 1,631 households, and 983 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,591.3 people per square mile (1,001.9/km²). There were 1,830 housing units at an average density of 1,314.7 per square mile (508.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.68% White, 2.99% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.06% of the population.

There were 1,631 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $38,585. Males had a median income of $32,563 versus $22,049 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,771. About 6.8% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Blairsville is served by the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District. The Blairsville high school and elementary schools are located at the intersection of Routes 22 and 119 in nearby Burrell Township. Also located near the Blairsville school complex is the WyoTech technical school.

Panorama of Blairsville circa 1908.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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