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Clarion, Pennsylvania
Borough
The Clarion County Courthouse downtown
The Clarion County Courthouse downtown
Map showing Clarion in Clarion County
Map showing Clarion in Clarion County
Map showing Clarion County in Pennsylvania
Map showing Clarion County in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Clarion
Settled 1839
Incorporated 1841
Area
 • Total 1.62 sq mi (4.19 km2)
 • Land 1.58 sq mi (4.08 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation 1,491 ft (454 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,276
 • Density 3,351/sq mi (1,293.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 16214
Area code(s) 814

Clarion is a borough in and the county seat of Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located 77 miles (124 km) north-northeast of Pittsburgh and is part of the Pittsburgh DMA. Clarion was settled in 1839 and incorporated in 1841. In the past, the surrounding area produced natural gas, oil, lumber and coal. The population was 2,004 in 1900, 2,864 in 1910, and 5,276 at the 2010 census. It is home to the annual Autumn Leaf Festival and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. The county courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Geography

Clarion is located slightly northeast of the center of Clarion County at 41°12′42″N 79°23′2″W / 41.21167°N 79.38389°W / 41.21167; -79.38389 (41.211791, -79.384005), in the Allegheny Plateau region of western Pennsylvania. The main part of the borough sits at an elevation of 1,400 to 1,500 feet (430 to 460 m) above sea level, overlooking the 400-foot-deep (120 m) valley of the Clarion River, a tributary of the Allegheny River.

U.S. Route 322 passes through the borough as Main Street, leading northwest 28 miles (45 km) to Franklin and southeast 16 miles (26 km) to Brookville. Pennsylvania Route 68 (Fifth Avenue) leads south from the center of Clarion, 2 miles (3 km) to Exit 62 of Interstate 80 and 11 miles (18 km) to Sligo.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.62 square miles (4.19 km2), of which 1.58 square miles (4.08 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.11 km2), or 2.70%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 719
1860 648 −9.9%
1870 709 9.4%
1880 1,169 64.9%
1890 2,164 85.1%
1900 2,004 −7.4%
1910 2,612 30.3%
1920 2,793 6.9%
1930 3,201 14.6%
1940 3,798 18.7%
1950 4,409 16.1%
1960 4,958 12.5%
1970 6,095 22.9%
1980 6,198 1.7%
1990 6,457 4.2%
2000 6,185 −4.2%
2010 5,276 −14.7%
Est. 2015 6,089 15.4%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 6,185 people, 2,000 households, and 718 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,142.8 people per square mile (1,602.7/km²). There were 2,192 housing units at an average density of 1,468.2 per square mile (568.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.55% White, 3.48% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 2,000 households, out of which 15.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 64.1% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% 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 2.75. versus $20,214 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $10,832. About 18.8% of families and 41.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.1% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.


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