Driftwood, Pennsylvania

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Driftwood, Pennsylvania
Borough
Part of the former Castle Garden Bridge in southern Driftwood
Part of the former Castle Garden Bridge in southern Driftwood
Driftwood is located in Pennsylvania
Driftwood
Driftwood
Coordinates: 41°20′20″N 78°08′08″W / 41.33889°N 78.13556°W / 41.33889; -78.13556Coordinates: 41°20′20″N 78°08′08″W / 41.33889°N 78.13556°W / 41.33889; -78.13556
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Cameron
Settled 1804
Incorporated (borough) 1872
Area
 • Total 2.5 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 • Land 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 850 ft (260 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 67
 • Density 27/sq mi (10.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)
ZIP code 15832
Area code(s) 814

Driftwood is a borough in Cameron County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 67 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

Driftwood was incorporated as the second and last borough in Cameron County (the other being Emporium, the county seat) on January 17, 1872. The tracks of the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad, however, had previously been placed in Driftwood in 1863. Around the time of its incorporation Driftwood was at the center of the lumber industry and was a boomtown, with three hotels, two banks, two churches and numerous places of business, including a weekly newspaper, the Driftwood Gazette, owned by John T. Earl who was also the editor.

Geography[edit]

Driftwood is located in southern Cameron County at 41°20′20″N 78°8′8″W / 41.33889°N 78.13556°W / 41.33889; -78.13556 (41.338836, -78.135535),[2] at the confluence of the Bennett Branch and the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, an east-flowing tributary of the West Branch Susquehanna River. The community is at the bottom of a gorge carved 1,200 feet (370 m) deep or more into the Allegheny Plateau by the creek and its branches.

Pennsylvania Route 120 passes through Driftwood, following the Driftwood Branch north (upstream) 18 miles (29 km) to Emporium, the Cameron County seat, and following Sinnemahoning Creek and the West Branch of the Susquehanna east (downstream) 27 miles (43 km) to Renovo. Pennsylvania Route 555 leads west from Driftwood up the Bennett Branch 25 miles (40 km) to Weedville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough of Driftwood has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km2), of which 2.5 square miles (6.4 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 2.66%, is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 504
1890 628 24.6%
1900 509 −18.9%
1910 517 1.6%
1920 478 −7.5%
1930 282 −41.0%
1940 293 3.9%
1950 289 −1.4%
1960 203 −29.8%
1970 184 −9.4%
1980 163 −11.4%
1990 116 −28.8%
2000 103 −11.2%
2010 67 −35.0%
Est. 2012 66 −1.5%
Sources:[3][4][5]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 103 people, 49 households, and 27 families residing in the borough. The population density was 57.5 people per square mile (22.2/km²). There were 88 housing units at an average density of 49.1/sq mi (19.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White.

There were 49 households out of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $21,458, and the median income for a family was $44,167. Males had a median income of $32,250 versus $28,333 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,708. There were no families and 8.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 33.3% of those over 64.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 67 people, 35 households, and 19 families residing in the borough. The population density was 26.8 people per square mile (10.4/km²). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 37.2 per square mile (14.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94% White, 1.5% Black, and 4.5% two or more races.

There were 35 households out of which 17.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.7% were non-families. 40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.58.

In the borough the population was spread out with 10.4% under the age of 18, 65.7% from 18 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51.3 years.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,417, and the median income for a family was $50,536. The per capita income for the borough was $22,060. There were 9.5% families and 9.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including none under eighteens and 10% of those over 64.

Notable people[edit]

  • Gary Cochran's birthplace
  • Tom Mix's birthplace, though miles away, had an address of Driftwood

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Driftwood borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.