Manns Choice, Pennsylvania

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Manns Choice is a borough in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 291 at the 2000 census.



In 1848, Congressman Job Mann pressured to have a post office at an unnamed village in Harrison Township. The Post Office Department approved the new post office, but as the village had no name, Congressman Mann was to give it one. Before he did so, postal maps were made with the temporary designation "Mann's Choice" written on it. The name was never changed, and became the permanent and official one.


Manns Choice is located at 40°0′10″N 78°35′29″W / 40.00278°N 78.59139°W / 40.00278; -78.59139 (40.002836, -78.591440)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land. This town is famous for the well known Coral Caverns.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 291 people, 116 households, and 75 families residing in the borough. The population density was 620.0 people per square mile (239.1/km²). There were 124 housing units at an average density of 264.2/sq mi (101.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.66% White, and 0.34% from two or more races.

There were 116 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $36,042. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,533. About 6.7% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

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