Clarion, Pennsylvania

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Clarion is a borough in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (161 km) north-northeast of Pittsburgh and part of the Pittsburgh DMA. Clarion was settled in 1839 and incorporated in 1841. In the past, the surrounding area produced natural gas, oil, lumber and coal. Merely 2,004 people lived there in 1900, and only 2,864 lived there in 1910. The population was 6,185 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Clarion County[1] and home to the annual Autumn Leaf Festival and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.



Clarion is located at 41°12′42″N 79°23′2″W / 41.21167°N 79.38389°W / 41.21167; -79.38389 (41.211791, -79.384005)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) (1.97%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 6,185 people, 2,000 households, and 718 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,142.8 people per square mile (1,602.7/km²). There were 2,192 housing units at an average density of 1,468.2/sq mi (568.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.55% White, 3.48% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 2,000 households out of which 15.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 64.1% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.75.

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