Hooversville, Pennsylvania

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Hooversville is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 779 at the 2000 census.



Hooversville was established in 1836. The first settlers to claim land in the Hooversville area were George Lohr (1780), Michael Kocher, and Casper Ripple (warrant 1794), who died in 1828. Jonas Hoover, the founder of Hooversville, came to Quemahoning Township in 1834 and bought land from the heirs of Casper Ripple. In 1836, he had lots surveyed along the present Water and Main Streets. Jonas Hoover was a farmer who ran a gristmill and sawmill on Hoover Street in 1847. He was a Justice of the Peace from 1852 to 1862. He and David Crissey took part in establishing the German Reformed Church at Hooversville.

This town, like many in the area, in primarily residential, with a small Riverside convenience store, Daniel Shaffer's hardware store, and Country Bargains store. There is also a locally-owned gas station/garage on Route 403 just outside of the town.


Hooversville is located at 40°8′57″N 78°54′51″W / 40.14917°N 78.91417°W / 40.14917; -78.91417 (40.149267, -78.914062)[1].

Pennsylvania Route 403 runs through Hooversville and serves as the main road through the borough. U.S. Route 30 is 5 miles to the south via Route 403 as well.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 779 people, 335 households, and 213 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,186.2 people per square mile (455.7/km²). There were 364 housing units at an average density of 554.3/sq mi (212.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.84% White, 0.26% African American, 0.13% Native American, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.13% of the population.

There were 335 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.97.

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