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Borough of Meyersdale
Meyersdale in 2007
Meyersdale in 2007
Nickname(s): Maple City USA
Location of Pennsylvania within the USA
Location of Pennsylvania within the USA
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Somerset County
Settled 1844
Incorporated 1871
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,473
 • Density 2,950.7/sq mi (1,139.3/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 15552
Area code(s) 814 Exchanges: 324,634,972

Meyersdale is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on the Casselman River, 73 miles (117 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In the past, Meyersdale's chief industry was the mining of coal.

Meyersdale is located along the Great Allegheny Passage, a multi-use recreational trail. The Big Savage Tunnel, located southeast of Meyersdale, is the longest tunnel on the trail.

The Pennsylvania Maple Festival has taken place each March in Meyersdale since 1948.


Meyersdale was first settled as early as 1776, but the growth of the town dates from the advent of the first railroad in 1871. Coal mining began in the next year. The borough was named for an early settler.

In 1981-82, Meyersdale received an All-America City Award from the National Civic League.

The Meyersdale Wind Farm began commercial operations in 2003.

The New Colonial Hotel and Second National Bank of Meyersdale are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Salisbury Junction Viaduct north of Meyersdale has been documented by the Historic American Engineering Record.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,423
1890 1,847 29.8%
1900 3,024 63.7%
1910 3,741 23.7%
1920 3,716 −0.7%
1930 3,065 −17.5%
1940 3,250 6.0%
1950 3,137 −3.5%
1960 2,901 −7.5%
1970 2,648 −8.7%
1980 2,581 −2.5%
1990 2,518 −2.4%
2000 2,473 −1.8%
2010 2,184 −11.7%
Est. 2015 2,082 −4.7%

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,473 people, 1,019 households, and 666 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,950.7 people per square mile (1,136.7/km²). There were 1,089 housing units at an average density of 1,299.3 per square mile (500.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.35% White, 0.24% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.16% Asian, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 1,019 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $24,652, and the median income for a family was $29,798. Males had a median income of $26,167 versus $18,205 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,116. About 16.8% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.4% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.

Wells Creek Bollman Bridge near Meyersdale
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