Corry, Pennsylvania

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Corry is a city in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,834 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Erie Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Settlers began arriving in the area in the late 18th century, and one of the earliest was Michael Hare, who staked his claim on land given to him by the newly-formed government of the United States. He and his wife Elizabeth built a log cabin in 1795 on the banks of a creek that is known to us today as Hare Creek, located one mile (1.6 km) north of Corry.

The construction of railroad tracks through the piney woods in the early 19th century heralded a new era. By 1861, the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad intersected the Sunbury & Erie Railroad at a spot called, appropriately enough, Junction. The land at Junction was owned by Hiram Cory, who sold a small piece of this 63-acre (250,000 m2) holding to the A&GW Railroad in October 1861. Mr. Hill, superintendent of the railroad, was so pleased by Mr. Cory's fair price that he renamed Junction in his honor, although he misspelled it in the process. That was the beginning of the City of Corry.

The combination of railroad growth and the discovery of oil in nearby Titusville contributed greatly to Corry's development. This boomtown was chartered as a borough in 1863 and designated as a city in 1866. Industry has played a big part in Corry's growth, and the Corry Area Historical Society maintains a museum where one of the Climax locomotives (the steam engine used in logging operations that brought fame to Corry) is on display.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,834 people, 2,660 households, and 1,763 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,120.5 people per square mile (432.6/km²). There were 2,868 housing units at an average density of 470.2/sq mi (181.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.19% White, 0.29% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 2,660 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.07.

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