Loretto, Pennsylvania

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Loretto is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Altoona, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Loretto is located at 40°30′23″N 78°38′10″W / 40.50639°N 78.63611°W / 40.50639; -78.63611 (40.506355, -78.636066)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

Loretto is home to Saint Francis University, an institute of higher learning with an enrollment of 2,210.[2]

Loretto was founded in 1799 by Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin as the first English-speaking Roman Catholic settlement west of the Allegheny Front. He named it after the town of Loreto, Italy, site of a Catholic place of pilgrimage.

Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, is a U.S. federal prison located in Loretto.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,190 people, 133 households, and 82 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,167.3 people per square mile (450.5/km²). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 150.1/sq mi (57.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.39% White, 2.52% African American, 0.50% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

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