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McVeytown, Pennsylvania
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Location of McVeytown in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.
Location of McVeytown in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.
McVeytown, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
McVeytown, Pennsylvania
McVeytown, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
McVeytown, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
McVeytown, Pennsylvania
McVeytown, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Mifflin
Settled 1762
Laid out 1795
Incorporated 1833
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
 • Land 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
 • Total 342
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,484.21/sq mi (1,338.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 717
FIPS code 42-46400
Website McVeytown
Local phone exchange: 899

McVeytown is a borough in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Juniata River. Formerly Waynesburg, it was settled in 1762, laid out in 1795, and incorporated in 1833. The population was 405 at the 2000 census. The "Father of Pennsylvania Forestry", Dr. Joseph Rothrock was born in McVeytown on April 9, 1839. He was largely responsible for the acquisition of the lands that became Pennsylvania state parks and forests, including Rothrock State Forest.


The settlement of what is now McVeytown was begun by Samuel Holliday in 1755. But it wasn’t until 1762 that he settled in permanently and not until 1795 that the town of Waynesburg (present day McVeytown) was laid out. John McVey owned the land and was the founder of McVeytown.

Samuel, Adam, John and William Holliday, and his two sisters, Elizabeth and Nancy and the latter of who would become the wife of Andrew Bratton, emigrated to the U.S. about 1745 and located on the “manor” of Lancaster County moved later to moved to Conococheague what is now present day Franklin County and John removed to Path Valley where he lived and died. Adam and William took up land at Hollidaysburg, and it was from him that the borough took its name. In early 1775, Samuel Holliday and Andrew Bratton, just after the New Purchase of the Indians, went out into that region in search for land to settle. After they made a decision on the land, they went to the Land-Office, at the time was located in Philadelphia, and in 1775 received their warrants. Bratton in what is now Bratton Township, and Holliday at what is now McVeytown and vicinity.


McVeytown is located at 40°29′51″N 77°44′27″W / 40.49750°N 77.74083°W / 40.49750; -77.74083 (40.497584, -77.740796).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), of which, 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it is land and 10.00% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 348
1850 580 66.7%
1860 541 −6.7%
1870 685 26.6%
1880 679 −0.9%
1890 599 −11.8%
1900 520 −13.2%
1910 514 −1.2%
1920 480 −6.6%
1930 566 17.9%
1940 581 2.7%
1950 546 −6.0%
1960 488 −10.6%
1970 486 −0.4%
1980 447 −8.0%
1990 408 −8.7%
2000 405 −0.7%
2010 342 −15.6%
2019 (est.) 331 −3.2%

As of the census of 2000, there were 305 people, 168 households, and 115 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,379.9 people per square mile (1,737.5/km2). There were 182 housing units at an average density of 1,968.2 per square mile (780.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.26% White, 0.25% African American, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 168 households, out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $28,571 versus $19,286 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,116. About 3.5% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

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