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Smithton, Pennsylvania
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Location of Smithton in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Smithton in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Smithton, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Smithton, Pennsylvania
Smithton, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Westmoreland
Incorporated February 2, 1901
Government
 • Type Borough Council
Area
 • Total 0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
 • Land 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
810 ft (250 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 399
 • Estimate 
(2019)
373
 • Density 3,656.86/sq mi (1,409.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
15479
FIPS code 42-71424

Smithton is a borough in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 399 at the 2010 census. As of 2018, the population was listed at 378. Smithton has its own post office, with zip code 15479, and is serviced by Yough School District.

History

Around 1801 a mill, known as Smith's Mill, was built at the location which became Smithton Borough. The town was incorporated as a borough in 1901. Smithton's early industry was in coal mining, coke ovens, and the transportation of goods produced in the valley of Jacobs Creek.

By 1906, four schools were located at Smithton, with 4 teachers serving 144 students. William B. Jones (grandfather of actress Shirley Jones) founded The Jones Brewing Company at Smithton in 1907. The company brewed Stoney's Beer in Smithton until 2002, when the brewing operation was moved to Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Geography

Smithton is located at 40°9′14″N 79°44′26″W / 40.15389°N 79.74056°W / 40.15389; -79.74056 (40.153985, -79.740531). The Youghiogheny River runs along Smithton's western limits. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.

Surrounding neighborhoods

Smithton is completely surrounded by South Huntingdon Township. Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, a 946-megawatt power plant fueled by natural gas, is located near Smithton in South Huntington Township. Staffed by 24 employees, it became operational in 2018.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 784
1920 790 0.8%
1930 709 −10.3%
1940 737 3.9%
1950 690 −6.4%
1960 649 −5.9%
1970 552 −14.9%
1980 559 1.3%
1990 388 −30.6%
2000 444 14.4%
2010 399 −10.1%
2019 (est.) 373 −6.5%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 444 people, 188 households, and 124 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,858.5 people per square mile (1,428.6/km2). There were 208 housing units at an average density of 1,807.6 per square mile (669.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.10% White, 0.23% Native American, and 0.68% from two or more races.

There were 188 households, out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $28,854, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $26,667 versus $23,056 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,715. About 7.1% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Smithton Pa 2011
Business district (Peer Street)

Government

Smithton has a small local government that consists of 7 (currently 6 active) Council members and a Mayor. Borough meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month.

The Smithton Borough Police Department has 8 sworn Police Officers, one full-time officer and 7 part-time officers, which patrol the town less than 40 hours per month in total.

Notable people

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