Ford City, Pennsylvania

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Ford City is a borough in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States, 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Pittsburgh along the east bank of the Allegheny River and 4 miles south of Kittanning, the county seat.

It was founded in 1887 as a company town by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (now PPG Industries) as the site for its Works No. 3 glass factory. The town was named in honor of the company founder, John Baptiste Ford (1811–1903). The factory employed as many as 5,000 workers in its heyday. PPG shut down its Ford City operations in the 1990s. The once largest employer in Armstrong County, Eljer Plumbing, shut down its Ford City plant in 2008. Eljer Plumbing was once one of the largest and most modern plants of its type in the world. The plant shut down after Eljer merged with Crane Plumbing and American Standard of Americas to form American Standard Brands; some or all of these companies were majority owned by Sun Capital Partners.

In 1900, 2,870 people resided in Ford City borough proper; in 1910, 4,850 people lived there; in 1930, 6,127; and, in 1940, 5,795. The population was 3,451 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Ford City is located at 40°46′17″N 79°31′48″W / 40.77139°N 79.53°W / 40.77139; -79.53 (40.771410, -79.529906)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (10.13%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,451 people, 1,580 households, and 935 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,864.8 people per square mile (1,876.7/km²). There were 1,713 housing units at an average density of 2,414.8/sq mi (931.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.38% White, 3.88% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

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