Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

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Port Allegany, Pennsylvania
Downtown Port Allegany
Downtown Port Allegany
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°48′54″N 78°16′45″W / 41.81500°N 78.27917°W / 41.81500; -78.27917Coordinates: 41°48′54″N 78°16′45″W / 41.81500°N 78.27917°W / 41.81500; -78.27917
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County McKean
Settled 1815
Incorporated 1882
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,355
 • Density 1,286.0/sq mi (496.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 16743
Area code(s) 814

Port Allegany is a borough in McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,355 at the 2000 census.

The town's tree-lined streets lie in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles west of the Allegheny River's headwaters.


Originally known as Canoe Place, the town’s name was changed to Port Allegany in 1838.

The town developed as a port on the Allegheny River, and provided a place where travelers coming overland from the Susquehanna River could continue by boat.

Lumber and tanning industries grew, and a railway later passed through the town.

In the 1800s natural gas was discovered in the area, which led to the expansion of industries including glass firms, chemical plants, cheese factories, machine shops, brick plants, sawmills, planing mills, tanneries and furniture factories.

Today, Port Allegany is best known for its glass manufacturing. Located here are Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, the only producer of glass blocks in the United States, as well as Saint-Gobain, a glass container producer.


Port Allegany is located at 41°48′54″N 78°16′45″W / 41.81500°N 78.27917°W / 41.81500; -78.27917 (41.814919, -78.279218).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,230
1900 1,853 50.7%
1910 1,972 6.4%
1920 2,356 19.5%
1930 2,193 −6.9%
1940 2,356 7.4%
1950 2,519 6.9%
1960 2,742 8.9%
1970 2,703 −1.4%
1980 2,593 −4.1%
1990 2,391 −7.8%
2000 2,355 −1.5%
2010 2,157 −8.4%
Est. 2012 2,135 −1.0%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,355 people, 924 households, and 623 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,286.0 people per square mile (496.9/km²). There were 992 housing units at an average density of 541.7/sq mi (209.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.36% White, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 924 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the borough the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,896, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $32,792 versus $21,434 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,601. About 13.2% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.


  • Port Allegany Elementary School (K-6) is located on Clyde Lynch Drive, and first received students in August 1981. The school replaced the aging Arnold School (1924) and Liberty School (1938). On January 20, 1981, a time capsule was placed at the new school's construction site by the 4th grade class president (class of 1988), to be opened in 100 years.
  • Port Allegany High School (7-12) is located at 20 Oak Street.
  • Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine School provides services for students with special education needs, as well as curriculum development and teacher training.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  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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