Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

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Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Borough
Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church
Nickname(s): Standing Stone
Motto: "Our Home, Our Town"
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°29′43″N 78°0′47″W / 40.49528°N 78.01306°W / 40.49528; -78.01306Coordinates: 40°29′43″N 78°0′47″W / 40.49528°N 78.01306°W / 40.49528; -78.01306
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Huntingdon
Settled 1767
Incorporated 1796
Government
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Dee Dee Brown (R), elected 2009
Area
 • Total 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 643 ft (196 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,093
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 16652, 16654
Area code(s) 814
School district: Huntingdon Area School District
Website Huntingdon Borough

Huntingdon is a borough in and the county seat of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States.It is located along the Juniata River, approximately 32 miles (51 km) east of Altoona and 98 miles (158 km) west of Harrisburg. Huntingdon is also the largest borough closest to Raystown Lake, a 28 miles (45 km) reservoir. The borough is primarily located in an agricultural and fruit-growing region with valuable forests and deposits of iron, coal, fire clay, and limestone.

Huntingdon is also home to Juniata College, a private liberal arts college that was originally founded by the Church of the Brethren in 1876.

In 2009, Huntingdon was named by Budget Travel magazine's readers as the 5th Coolest Small Town in the United States. Results were announced on The Early Show on April 15, 2009 by Budget Travel's editor in chief Nina Willdorf and show host Harry Smith.[1]

In 2015, Huntingdon was chosen by Niche.com as the 7th Best City to Retire in Pennsylvania.[2]

Huntingdon is also home to the Allegrippis Trails, which are currently ranked #15 on the list of "The BEST Mountain Bike Trails in the World."[3]

History[edit]

Standing Stone Monument

In 1776, Rev. Dr. William Smith settled in Huntingdon at the site of a famous Indian council ground, located near the spot where Standing Stone Creek flows into the Juniata River. The spot was marked by the erection of a “Standing Stone Monument” at the borough centennial. It is rumored to have existed before the founding of the original village of Standing Stone. Smith purchased the land for 300 British pounds and renamed the settlement in honor of Selina, the Countess of Huntingdon, England. In 1796, the land was incorporated as a borough.

Huntingdon served as the junction of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and it also served as the port on the Main Line of Public Works of the Pennsylvania Canal. In the past, Huntingdon had manufacturers of flour, machinery, radiators, furniture, stationery, woolen goods, lumber, etc. In fact, J.C. Blair, a successful manufacturer, invented the first writing tablet, which was sold at his factory in downtown Huntingdon until 1967. More recently in 2004, Hurricane Ivan resulted in major flooding in Huntingdon. This was the worst flooding since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

The Huntingdon Borough Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[4]

The official slogan of Huntingdon is "we put the prion in prison," which references the association between contracting a prion disease from the consumption of under-cooked pudding-meat and being incarcerated.

Geography[edit]

Huntingdon is located at 40°29′43″N 78°0′47″W / 40.49528°N 78.01306°W / 40.49528; -78.01306 (40.495187, -78.013147).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), of which only 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.55%) is water.

Adjacent Municipalities[edit]

The following municipalities are located in Huntingdon County:

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
77
(25)
85
(29)
95
(35)
98
(37)
100
(38)
105
(41)
105
(41)
102
(39)
97
(36)
79
(26)
73
(23)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 38
(3)
39
(4)
50
(10)
62
(17)
74
(23)
82
(28)
85
(29)
83
(28)
78
(26)
66
(19)
52
(11)
40
(4)
62.4
(16.8)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(−7)
19
(−7)
27
(−3)
36
(2)
46
(8)
55
(13)
59
(15)
58
(14)
51
(11)
39
(4)
31
(−1)
22
(−6)
38.5
(3.6)
Record low °F (°C) −29
(−34)
−23
(−31)
−10
(−23)
6
(−14)
21
(−6)
29
(−2)
8
(−13)
36
(2)
24
(−4)
13
(−11)
−10
(−23)
−22
(−30)
−29
(−34)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.8
(71)
2.5
(64)
3.5
(89)
3.3
(84)
3.8
(97)
3.9
(99)
3.9
(99)
3.7
(94)
3.0
(76)
2.8
(71)
2.6
(66)
2.7
(69)
38.5
(979)
Source: Weatherbase [6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 7,093 people, 2,674 households, and 1,461 families residing in the borough.

Historical Population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1800 688 —    
1810 676 −0.18%
1820 848 +2.29%
1840 1,145 +1.51%
1850 1,470 +2.53%
1860 1,890 +2.54%
1870 3,634 +6.76%
1880 4,125 +1.28%
1890 5,729 +3.34%
1900 6,053 +0.55%
1910 6,861 +1.26%
1920 7,051 +0.27%
1930 7,558 +0.70%
1940 7,170 −0.53%
1950 7,330 +0.22%
1960 7,234 −0.13%
1970 6,987 −0.35%
1980 7,042 +0.08%
1990 6,843 −0.29%
2000 6,918 +0.11%
2010 7,093 +0.25%
2015 7,029 −0.18%
Sources:[8][7][9]
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

The population density was 2,026.6 people per square mile (779.5/km²). There were 2,911 housing units at an average density of 831.7 per square mile (319.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.61% White, 1.93% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 2,674 households, out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.4% were non-families. 38.3% 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 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 17.7% under the age of 18, 24.4% from 18 to 24, 19.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,057, and the median income for a family was $54,621. The per capita income for the borough was $19,070. About 6.3% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Higher Education[edit]

Vocational/Technical Education[edit]

Public Education[edit]

Private Education[edit]

Public Services[edit]

Emergency Services[edit]

  • Huntingdon Borough Police Department (530 Washington Street)
  • Huntingdon Ambulance Services (530 Washington Street)
  • Huntingdon County Sheriff's Office (241 Mifflin Street)
    Construction of the smokestack at J.C. Blair Manufacturing Stationers; Namesake of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital

Health Care[edit]

  • J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital (1225 Warm Springs Avenue)
  • J.C. Blair Convenient Care Center (7651 Raystown Shopping Center Drive)
  • Huntingdon Health & Wellness Association (HHWA) (313 Fourth Street)
  • Huntingdon Health Care, Inc. (814 Washington Street)

Postal Services[edit]

  • Huntingdon Post Office (401 Washington Street)
  • Huntingdon Post Office at Juniata College (1700 Moore Street)

Public Library[edit]

  • Huntingdon County Library (330 Penn Street)

Transportation[edit]

Water Source[edit]

The source of the city water for Huntingdon borough and Smithfield Township is Standing Stone Creek, with the water treatment facility being located in the east end of the borough.[11]

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Magazines[edit]

Radio[edit]

Huntingdon's only radio stations are WHUN Hunny 106.3FM, Bigfoot Country, ESPN Radio AM 1150, and the Juniata College station WKVR 92.3FM, but radio broadcasts from other markets can also be heard:

Television[edit]

Huntingdon receives all television programming from the Johnstown-Altoona-State College, PA media market.

Annual Events[edit]

  • Mayfest- historically-themed festival covering five city blocks in downtown Huntingdon[12]
    Mayfest 2015
  • Hauntingdon- compilation of events leading up to Halloween, such as the annual Halloween parade[13]
  • Veterans Day Parade- during the month of November to honor our veterans
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony- during the first week of December at the corner of 5th & Penn Streets
  • Cultural District Walking Tours- free tours provided by volunteers during the summer months

Non-Profit Organizations[edit]

  • Rotary Club of Huntingdon (10305 Raystown Road)
  • Kiwanis Club of Huntingdon (2506 Shadyside Avenue)
  • Stone Creek Valley Lions Club (5303 Cold Springs Road)
  • The Salvation Army (2514 Shadyside Avenue)
  • Huntingdon Food Pantry (5th & Mifflin Street)
  • Huntingdon House Domestic Violence Shelter (401 7th Street)
  • Huntingdon County Humane Society (11371 School House Hollow Road)

Residents and former residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ America's Coolest Small Towns, Circa 2009
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Weatherbase: Weather for Huntingdon, Pennsynlvania". Weatherbase. 2016.  Retrieved on February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "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 June 17, 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ Source Water Assessment Public Summary. Elibrary.dep.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  12. ^ "Mayfest of Huntingdon". Mayfest of Huntingdon. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hauntingdon, Pa". Hauntingdon, Pa. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 

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