Petrolia, Pennsylvania

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Petrolia, Pennsylvania
Borough
Petrolia is located in Pennsylvania
Petrolia
Petrolia
Coordinates: 41°01′05″N 79°43′06″W / 41.01806°N 79.71833°W / 41.01806; -79.71833Coordinates: 41°01′05″N 79°43′06″W / 41.01806°N 79.71833°W / 41.01806; -79.71833
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Butler
Settled 1872
Incorporated 1873
Government
 • Type Borough Council
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,178 ft (359 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 212
 • Density 535/sq mi (206.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 16050

Petrolia is a borough in Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 212 at the 2010 census.[1]

Geography[edit]

Petrolia is located in eastern Butler County at 41°1′5″N 79°43′6″W / 41.01806°N 79.71833°W / 41.01806; -79.71833 (41.017964, -79.718204),[2] in the valley of the South Branch of Bear Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River.

Pennsylvania Route 268 passes through the borough, leading north 3 miles (5 km) to Bruin and south 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to Karns City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Petrolia has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,186
1890 546 −54.0%
1900 350 −35.9%
1910 360 2.9%
1920 370 2.8%
1930 469 26.8%
1940 559 19.2%
1950 571 2.1%
1960 527 −7.7%
1970 432 −18.0%
1980 472 9.3%
1990 292 −38.1%
2000 218 −25.3%
2010 212 −2.8%
Est. 2012 211 −0.5%
Sources:[3][4][5]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 218 people, 89 households, and 64 families residing in the borough. The population density was 543.7 people per square mile (210.4/km²). There were 99 housing units at an average density of 246.9 per square mile (95.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White.

There were 89 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,821, and the median income for a family was $37,708. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,358. About 8.5% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

Education[edit]

News[edit]

Petrolia was the site of a toxic spill accident involving oleum on October 11, 2008, resulting in the evacuation of as many as 2,500 people.[6]

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