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Corry
City of Corry
Corry Armory
Location in Erie County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Erie County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Erie
Founded May 27, 1861
Incorporated March 8, 1866
Named for misspelling of founder Hiram Cory's name
Area
 • Total 6.1 sq mi (16 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,605
 • Density 1,083/sq mi (418/km2)
Time zone UTC-4 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EDT)
ZIP code
16407
Area code(s) 814

Corry is a city in northwestern Pennsylvania in the United States. With a population of 6,605 at the 2010 United States Census, it is the second largest city in Erie County. Corry is a part of the Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city became famous in the late-19th and early-20th centuries for being the manufacturer of Climax locomotives.

History

Erie County was formed from parts of Allegheny County on March 12, 1800. On May 27, 1861, tracks owned by the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad intersected with those of the Sunbury and Erie Railroad and was called the "Atlantic and Erie Junction". Land at the junction was owned by Hiram Cory, who sold a portion to the Atlantic and Great Western in October 1861. The railroad built a ticket office at the junction and named it for Cory, but through a misspelling it became Corry.

The combination of railroad growth and the discovery of oil in nearby Titusville contributed greatly to Corry's development. This boomtown was chartered as a borough in 1863 and designated as a city in 1866. Industry has played a big part in Corry's growth, and the Corry Area Historical Society maintains a museum where one of the Climax locomotives (the steam engine used in logging operations that brought fame to Corry) is on display.

Corry has been named a Tree City USA for seven consecutive years.

The Corry Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 6,809
1880 5,277 −22.5%
1890 5,677 7.6%
1900 5,369 −5.4%
1910 5,991 11.6%
1920 7,228 20.6%
1930 7,152 −1.1%
1940 6,935 −3.0%
1950 7,911 14.1%
1960 7,744 −2.1%
1970 7,435 −4.0%
1980 7,149 −3.8%
1990 7,216 0.9%
2000 6,834 −5.3%
2010 6,605 −3.4%
Est. 2015 6,420 −2.8%
Sources:

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,834 people, 2,660 households, and 1,763 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,120.5 people per square mile (432.6/km²). There were 2,868 housing units at an average density of 470.2 per square mile (181.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.19% White, 0.29% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Corry's population at 6,331 in 2009.

There were 2,660 households, out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,967, and the median income for a family was $35,375. Males had a median income of $30,220 versus $22,127 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,143. About 14.2% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Geography and climate

Corry is located at 41°55′30″N 79°38′26″W / 41.92500°N 79.64056°W / 41.92500; -79.64056 (41.924947, -79.640511). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), all of it land.

Climate data for Corry, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
(21.1)
69
(20.6)
82
(27.8)
88
(31.1)
91
(32.8)
99
(37.2)
110
(43.3)
100
(37.8)
96
(35.6)
91
(32.8)
78
(25.6)
70
(21.1)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 32.3
(0.17)
34.7
(1.5)
44.2
(6.78)
57.7
(14.28)
69.4
(20.78)
77.6
(25.33)
81.5
(27.5)
79.5
(26.39)
73.0
(22.78)
61.9
(16.61)
47.6
(8.67)
35.8
(2.11)
58.2
(14.56)
Average low °F (°C) 16.2
(-8.78)
16.1
(-8.83)
23.7
(-4.61)
34.0
(1.11)
43.2
(6.22)
52.3
(11.28)
56.7
(13.72)
55.2
(12.89)
49.0
(9.44)
39.1
(3.94)
31.2
(-0.44)
21.4
(-5.89)
36.7
(2.61)
Record low °F (°C) −30
(-34.4)
−30
(-34.4)
−19
(-28.3)
−5
(-20.6)
19
(-7.2)
28
(-2.2)
33
(0.6)
30
(-1.1)
25
(-3.9)
11
(-11.7)
−2
(-18.9)
−22
(-30)
−30
(-34.4)
Rainfall inches (mm) 3.32
(84.3)
2.82
(71.6)
3.65
(92.7)
3.92
(99.6)
3.74
(95)
4.47
(113.5)
4.30
(109.2)
3.98
(101.1)
3.92
(99.6)
3.69
(93.7)
4.21
(106.9)
3.92
(99.6)
45.96
(1,167.4)
Snowfall inches (cm) 27.2
(69.1)
21.6
(54.9)
17.5
(44.5)
5.1
(13)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.3
(3.3)
14.8
(37.6)
30.5
(77.5)
117.5
(298.5)
Source: Pennsylvania State University

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