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Huntingdon is a borough in Huntingdon Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. It is the county seat of Huntingdon Countymarker. It is located along the Juniata River, 98 miles (158 km) west of Harrisburgmarker, in an agricultural and fruit-growing region, with valuable forests and deposits of iron, coal, fire clay, and limestone. In the past, Huntingdon had manufactures of flour, machinery, radiators, furniture, stationery, woolen goods, lumber, etc. It also was the junction of the Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain RR with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and a port on the Main Line of Public Worksmarker of the Pennsylvania Canal. Huntingdon is home to Juniata Collegemarker, originally founded by the Church of the Brethren in 1876. It is also the largest borough located closest to Raystown Lakemarker. Its population was 6,918 people at the 2000 census.

History

Huntingdon was settled in 1767 by the Rev. Dr. William Smith on the site of a famous Indian council ground, near the spot where Standing Stone Creek flows into the Juniata River. The spot was marked by the erection of a "Standing Stone Monument" erected at the borough centenary and rumored to exist before the founding of the original village which was called Standing Stone. The original charter of incorporation to a borough was adopted in 1796. In 1900, Huntingdon was the home of 6,053 people; in 1910, 6,861 people; and in 1940, 7,170 people.

Hurricane Ivan

During Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the borough was hit hard with flooding. The high school football field, Route 26 underpass under the railroad tracks, and many other areas in and around Huntingdon were flooded. The only way in an out of the borough was a township-owned road located in Oneida Townshipmarker that goes up on top of Stone Creek Ridge. It was the worst flooding since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

2009 America's Coolest Small Towns

Huntingdon was named by Budget Travel magazine's readers as 5th Coolest Small Town in the United States in a poll conducted by them. Results were announced on The Early Show, April 15, 2009 with Budget Travel's editor in chief, Nina Willdorf with Harry Smith.

Geography

Huntingdon is located at (40.495187, -78.013147) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.55%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,918 people, 2,626 households, and 1,491 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,006.2 people per square mile (774.2/km²). There were 2,817 housing units at an average density of 816.9/sq mi (315.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.41% White, 1.40% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population. The dominant religion in Huntingdon is Christianity, with a very low Jewish population, one of the lowest for a town the size of Huntingdon. Religions such as Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism are basically nonexistent in Huntingdon, with very little or no people practicing these religions being permanent residents of Huntingdon.

There were 2,626 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the borough the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 22.5% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,261, and the median income for a family was $42,684. Males had a median income of $33,269 versus $21,327 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,744. About 10.1% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Media

Newspapers

  • The Daily News


Radio

Even though Huntingdon does not have its own radio market, stations from the following markets can be heard in Huntingdon:

Television

Huntingdon receives television programming from the Johnstownmarker-Altoonamarker-State College, PAmarker media market.

Education

Higher Education

Colleges and Universities

Public Education

School District

Huntingdon is served by Huntingdon Area School District, home of the Bearcats.

High Schools


Middle Schools


Elementary Schools


Private Education



Transportation



Notable people



See also



References

  1. America's Coolest Small Towns, Circa 2009


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