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Eldred, Pennsylvania
Downtown Eldred
Downtown Eldred
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County McKean
Settled 1815
Incorporated 1880
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Total 825
 • Density 916.67/sq mi (376.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 814

Eldred is a borough in McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 825 at the 2010 census.


Eldred is named for Judge Nathaniel B. Eldred.


Eldred is located at 41°57′24″N 78°23′1″W / 41.95667°N 78.38361°W / 41.95667; -78.38361 (41.956725, -78.383579).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,165
1890 1,050 −9.9%
1900 963 −8.3%
1910 1,235 28.2%
1920 1,037 −16.0%
1930 1,118 7.8%
1940 1,051 −6.0%
1950 1,199 14.1%
1960 1,107 −7.7%
1970 1,092 −1.4%
1980 965 −11.6%
1990 869 −9.9%
2000 858 −1.3%
2010 825 −3.8%
Est. 2015 808 −2.1%

As of the census of 2010, there were 825 people, 345 households, and 224 families residing in the borough. The population density was 919.67 people per square mile (376.4/km2). There were 402 housing units at an average density of 446.67 per square mile (177.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.48% White, 0.12% Native American, 0.97% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.42% of the population.

There were 345 households, out of which 31% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.6% under the age of 20, 5.9% from 20 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 18% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.2 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the borough was $27,569, and the median income for a family was $34,375. Males had a median income of $30,347 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,674. About 17.1% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.


Eldred is the home of the Kendall Bridge. This bridge is reportedly one of only a few bridges in the world in which a road turns off the suspended section off the bridge creating a suspended intersection. This bridge also spans the Allegheny River, a small road, as well as a railroad line that runs through the small town. This railroad is owned by Western New York & Pennsylvania Rail Road.

Eldred is also home to the WW2 Museum. During World War II, Eldred was the site of a British and American munitions plant that produced eight million bombs, mortar shells and fuses. Fifteen hundred people worked there, 24 hours a day, from January 1942 to May 1945, supporting the war effort.

The Eldred World War II Museum opened on Memorial Day, 1996, dedicated to the memory of the U.S. fighting forces and the 40 million people on the home front who provided our fighters with the war materials they needed.

Fire Apparatus Museum

The Andy Leider Fire Truck Collection is moving from Middleton, NY to Eldred. They bought the old Ethan Allen property to greatly expand the current facility. “We will now have the largest vintage motorized fire truck museum, restoration plant, and storage facility in the country, located at the former Ethan Allen property in Eldred,” Leider said. “We look forward to opening our new facility in McKean County, Pennsylvania.”

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