Point Marion, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°44′9″N 79°53′59″W / 39.73583°N 79.89972°W / 39.73583; -79.89972
Point Marion
Borough
Point Marion, Pennsylvania.jpg
downtown Point Marion
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Fayette
Coordinates 39°44′9″N 79°53′59″W / 39.73583°N 79.89972°W / 39.73583; -79.89972
Area 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)
Population 1,159 (2010)
Density 2,897.5 / sq mi (1,119 / km2)
Established 1842
Mayor Carl Ables
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Area code 724
Location of Point Marion in Fayette County
Location of Port Marion in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: PointMarionPA.com

Point Marion is a borough in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,333 at the 2000 census. It is served by the Albert Gallatin Area School District.

History[edit]

Point Marion is located at the confluence of the Monongahela and Cheat Rivers. Approximately three miles north of Point Marion is Friendship Hill National Historic Site, home of early American politician Albert Gallatin. Point Marion was settled in the mid-18th century and named in 1842 for its geographic location and Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox", a South Carolinian who never saw the town.

Houze Glass Co., located in the borough, was the primary employer. The company was founded by Leon Houze, a Belgian immigrant, in 1902 as a glassware manufacturer, but later branched into silkscreen printing and decorating. The company closed in 2004 and the plant later auctioned off.

The Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Marion Bridge in 1988.[1] It was demolished November 16, 2009, and replaced with a new bridge.

In November 2013, the town disbanded its two-man police department. The department's insurer dropped coverage after settling a case involving Officer Kevin Lukart. Lukart arrested a man who was recording the policeman. This resulted in a lawsuit and then the end of the policy. Lukart had been previously fired by the police in Apollo, Pennsylvania after he was charged with exposing himself to a minor and by police in Braddock, Pennsylvania when he was filmed attacking a handcuffed man.[2]

Geography[edit]

Point Marion is located at 39°44′9″N 79°53′59″W / 39.73583°N 79.89972°W / 39.73583; -79.89972 (39.735711, -79.899698).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 575
1910 1,389 141.6%
1920 1,607 15.7%
1930 2,039 26.9%
1940 2,068 1.4%
1950 2,197 6.2%
1960 1,853 −15.7%
1970 1,750 −5.6%
1980 1,642 −6.2%
1990 1,344 −18.1%
2000 1,333 −0.8%
2010 1,159 −13.1%
Est. 2012 1,149 −0.9%
Sources:[4][5][6]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,333 people, 572 households, and 374 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,141.9 people per square mile (1,225.4/km²). There were 682 housing units at an average density of 1,607.5 per square mile (627.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.10% White, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 572 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,413, and the median income for a family was $36,989. Males had a median income of $27,439 versus $23,859 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,300. About 15.2% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.7% of those under age 18 and 18.1% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Police department shuts down after settling lawsuits against 2 officers Point Marion Police Department dropped by insurance carrier, by Marcie Cipriani, WTAE, 20 November 2013
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "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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