Driftwood, Pennsylvania

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Driftwood is a borough in Cameron County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 103 at the 2000 census.



Driftwood was incorporated as the second and last borough in Cameron County (the other being Emporium, the county seat) on January 17, 1872. The tracks of the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad, however, had previously been placed in Driftwood in 1863. Around the time of its incorporation Driftwood was at the center of the lumber industry and was a boomtown, with three hotels, two banks, two churches and numerous places of business, including a weekly newspaper, the Driftwood Gazette, owned by John T. Earl who was also the editor.


Driftwood is located at 41°20′20″N 78°8′8″W / 41.33889°N 78.13556°W / 41.33889; -78.13556 (41.338836, -78.135535).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (4.79%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 103 people, 49 households, and 27 families residing in the borough. The population density was 57.5 people per square mile (22.2/km²). There were 88 housing units at an average density of 49.1/sq mi (19.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White.

There were 49 households out of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $21,458, and the median income for a family was $44,167. Males had a median income of $32,250 versus $28,333 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,708. There were no families and 8.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 33.3% of those over 64.

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