Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
South Main Street
|Official name: Borough of Slippery Rock|
|Named for: Slippery Rock Creek|
|Density||1,820.4 / sq mi (702.9 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|School District||Slippery Rock Area School District|
Slippery Rock is located at .(41.063746, -80.055007)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all of it land. Since the 1960s Slippery Rock has been well served by the Interstate Highway system as Interstate 79 (North-South) and Interstate 80 (East-West) cross roughly 10 miles away. The terrain is hilly and the strip mining of coal has been a prominent commercial activity in the surrounding area, which is largely agricultural.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,068 people, 977 households, and 387 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,820.4 people per square mile (700.9/km²). There were 1,039 housing units at an average density of 616.5 per square mile (237.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.30% White, 3.26% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.29% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.
There were 977 households out of which 15.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 60.3% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.71.
In the borough the population was spread out with 8.5% under the age of 18, 55.9% from 18 to 24, 15.0% from 25 to 44, 10.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 77.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $24,554, and the median income for a family was $42,450. Males had a median income of $37,188 versus $30,104 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,538. About 10.1% of families and 42.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
The university has many sports events and venues located in the borough. The Rock football team plays their games at Bob DiSpirito Field at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium while the baseball team has their games at Jack Critchfield Park. In 2007, the Slippery Rock Sliders of the Frontier League played their first season in Slippery Rock at Jack Critchfield. However, they left the borough after their first season, and are now the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti. However, the Slippery Rock Sliders name, logo, and colors have been purchased by the Slippery Rock Sports Group, LLC (of which Mike Bencic is the President) for the borough's new entry in the summer-collegiate Prospect League at Jack Critchfield.
Wigton Massacre of 1843
On Saturday, June 30, 1843, a Seneca Indian from Cataragus County, NY named Sam Mohawk murdered Mrs. James Wigton and her five children (three girls and two boys) in their home in Slippery Rock. Sam was tried in court on Wednesday, December 13, 1843 and he was found guilty of murder in the first degree. and he was hanged on March 22, 1844 making him the first execution in the county.
On August 1, 2012, Slippery Rock University was featured in an episode of School Spirits. The episode, called Frat House Phantom, dramatized claims made by fraternity brothers that ghosts haunted Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house because of its proximity to the location of Sam Mohawk's hanging.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Trial of Sam Mohawk
- Mother and Five Children Murdered by Seneca Indian