Houtzdale, Pennsylvania

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Houtzdale, Pennsylvania
Houtzdale, Pennsylvania
Houtzdale, Pennsylvania
Location of Houtzdale in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Houtzdale in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Map showing Clearfield County in Pennsylvania
Map showing Clearfield County in Pennsylvania
Houtzdale is located in Pennsylvania
Houtzdale is located in the United States
Houtzdale (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°49′34″N 78°21′06″W / 40.82611°N 78.35167°W / 40.82611; -78.35167Coordinates: 40°49′34″N 78°21′06″W / 40.82611°N 78.35167°W / 40.82611; -78.35167
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMarch 20, 1872 (Borough)
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Total0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
 • Land0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,530 ft (470 m)
 • Total797
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,007.83/sq mi (775.49/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)814 Exchange: 378
FIPS code42-35928

Houtzdale is a borough in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 797 at the 2010 census.[3]


Houtzdale is named after Dr. Daniel Houtz, the original owner of the town site.[4] The town was built quickly in the late 19th century and is structured on a square grid plan. Focused mainly on the railroad and Coal industry, the town served as a hub for the railroad which made its way onto Ramey and Madera to the West.

Currently Houtzdale is seeing a decline in residence and a rise in vacant lots and blighted structures. However, in recent years a redevelopment and revitalization plan has been drafted by the Borough Council.

Present Day[edit]

The borough council consists of 7 members, who are elected in the general elections. They serve 4 year terms with seats coming available every 2 years. There are no wards within the borough so each member serves the people in an at large position.

The council is currently headed by President Jessie Lamison and Vice-President James Love. Other members include Micheal Tomko, James Twoey, Lanny Shaffer, Merle Hayward, and Zachary Bloom.

The town also has an elected mayor. This position is mainly ceremonial at the current time due to lacking responsibilities. That position is currently held be Robert Hanna Jr. Who was appointed by the council in 2018. This appointment was due to the death of the former Mayor Camille “Bud” George who passed away in 2017. The town remained without a mayor for several months until the November election. This however did not help the lack of mayor due to the re-election of the late mayor whose name was still on the ballot. Council then took letters of interest and appointed the Mr. Hanna with a unanimous vote.


Houtzdale is located in southeastern Clearfield County at 40°49′34″N 78°21′6″W / 40.82611°N 78.35167°W / 40.82611; -78.35167 (40.825984, -78.351663).[5] It is bordered to the north by the borough of Brisbin. Pennsylvania Route 53 passes through Houtzdale, leading east 5 miles (8 km) to Osceola Mills and west 9 miles (14 km) to Glen Hope. Pennsylvania Route 153 leads north from Houtzdale 17 miles (27 km) to Clearfield, the county seat, and south via PA 453 18 miles (29 km) to Tyrone.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Houtzdale has a total area of 0.38 square miles (0.99 km2), all of it land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016769[2]−3.5%

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 941 people, 380 households, and 275 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,682.2 people per square mile (1,038.1/km²). There were 432 housing units at an average density of 1,231.4 per square mile (476.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.57% White, 0.21% Native American, and 0.21% from two or more races.

There were 380 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,219, and the median income for a family was $33,309. Males had a median income of $27,039 versus $20,438 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,177. About 9.3% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Mayor Camille George (1927-2017), who was a member of the Pennsylvania State House from 1975 to 2012.[9]
  • Irving Kahal (1903–1942), popular song lyricist in the 1920s and 1930s.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Houtzdale borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 162.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Camille Bud George". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-06-23.