Birmingham, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

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Birmingham is a borough in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 91 at the 2000 census. Birmingham is the site of the Birmingham Window, a geologic structure created by a Paleozoic thrust fault. Birmingham's early settler, John Cadwallader, settled on a hill above the Little Juniata River and made plans to establish a large city. Legend among the local residents is that it was once in consideration to be the state capital. In the first several decades of the 19th century, the village grew quickly as a hub for commerce being carried on the Little Juniata River and on the nearby Pennsylvania Canal. By 1850, the Pennsylvania Railroad had passed through the valley. The development of the railroad diminished the importance of Birmingham as a trading hub since the railroad's nearby hubs in Tyrone and Altoona grew quickly on land that was better suited for development. In 1853, the Mountain Female Seminary opened in Birmingham as a boarding school for girls. In its earliest years, the school benefited from the ease of transportation afforded by the passage of the Pennsylvania railroad through Birmingham. Currently, the school still operates as Grier School, a boarding school for girls.

Geography

Birmingham is located at 40°38′50″N 78°11′43″W / 40.64722°N 78.19528°W / 40.64722; -78.19528 (40.647275, -78.195181)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 91 people, 39 households, and 24 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,454.2 people per square mile (585.6/km²). There were 44 housing units at an average density of 703.1/sq mi (283.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.70% White, 1.10% Asian, 2.20% from other races.

There were 39 households out of which 20.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,000, and the median income for a family was $30,625. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $27,679 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,964. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

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