Gallitzin, Pennsylvania

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Gallitzin is a borough within Gallitzin Township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Standing 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Altoona, it was first incorporated in 1872, and named for Prince Gallitzin, who founded the Catholic town of Loretto, Cambria County. Coal-mining and the production of coke were important industries. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1900, 2,759 people lived in Gallitzin, and by 1910, that number had risen to 3,504 people. As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough population was 1,756.

Gallitzin is known for its historic railroad tunnels (Gallitzin Tunnel), which are a minor tourist draw. Horseshoe Curve and the Allegheny Portage Railroad historic site are also nearby.



Gallitzin is located at 40°28′55″N 78°33′8″W / 40.48194°N 78.55222°W / 40.48194; -78.55222 (40.481816, -78.552336)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.

Gallitzin has the tenth-highest elevation of towns in Pennsylvania, at 2167 feet.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,756 people, 700 households, and 476 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,396.0 people per square mile (928.8/km²). There were 763 housing units at an average density of 1,041.1/sq mi (403.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.86% White, 0.11% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.06% Asian, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

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