Hopwood, Pennsylvania

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Census-designated place
Named for: John Hopwood
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Fayette
Coordinates 39°52′57″N 79°42′12″W / 39.88250°N 79.70333°W / 39.88250; -79.70333Coordinates: 39°52′57″N 79°42′12″W / 39.88250°N 79.70333°W / 39.88250; -79.70333
Area 1.9 sq mi (5 km2)
Population 2,006 (2000)
Density 1,070.8 / sq mi (413 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Area code 724
Location of Hopwood in Fayette County
Location of Fayette County in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Hopwood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,006 at the 2000 census. It is located in South Union Township. Hopwood, Pennsylvania was named after John Hopwood.


Hopwood is located at 39°52′27″N 79°42′12″W / 39.87417°N 79.70333°W / 39.87417; -79.70333 (39.874145, -79.703385).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,006 people, 893 households, and 584 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,070.8 people per square mile (414.2/km²). There were 932 housing units at an average density of 497.5/sq mi (192.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.60% White, 0.60% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 893 households, out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the CDP the population was spread out, with 19.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,223, and the median income for a family was $41,111. Males had a median income of $38,594 versus $19,643 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,194. About 8.0% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Former professional baseball player, Terry Mulholland was born and raised in the Hopwood area. Former Washington Wizards Dancer(NBA), Washington Capitals Cheerleader(NHL) and Washington Redskins Cheerleader(NFL), Kristie Muchnok, was born and raised in Hopwood.

The opening battle of the French & Indian war was fought in the Hopwood area. The Battle of Jumonville Glen, also known as the Jumonville affair, was fought on May 28, 1754.

Hopwood was once home to a wooden race track that was said to have rivaled the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in notoriety.

Auto manufacturers such as Henry Ford and the Chevrolet brothers used the Summit Mountain to test their automobiles in time trials.

Hopwood once had a semi pro baseball team and field.

There are a number of stone taverns along U.S. Route 40 in Hopwood, with a number of them being on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of U.S. Presidents stayed in the Hopwood House. Other notable buildings the Barnes Estate, the Summit Inn, and the former Soldiers Orphan's School which is the current property of Jumonville Training Center.