Meyersdale, Pennsylvania

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Meyersdale is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on the Casselman River, 73 miles (111 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. In the past, its chief industry was the mining of coal. Meyersdale was first settled as early as 1776, but the growth of the town dates from the advent of the first railroad in 1871. Coal mining began in the next year. In 1900, 3,024 people resided here, and in 1910, 3,741 people resided here. The population was 2,473 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Meyersdale is widely known as a sports town. The small community has little to bond over since the slow decline of the coal industry, other than sports. The Meyersdale “Red Raiders” have appeared on the state radar in numerous sports: Girls Volleyball, Football, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball and Track & Field.

The first state champions from Meyersdale Area High School were two brothers; David and Michael Warnick. David (class of 1988) won two individual PIAA state titles in 1987 and 1988. Michael (class of 1989) won the 1989 PIAA state title held in Hershey, PA..


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Geography

Meyersdale is located at 39°48′49″N 79°1′35″W / 39.81361°N 79.02639°W / 39.81361; -79.02639 (39.813643, -79.026494)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²),

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,473 people, 1,019 households, and 666 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,950.7 people per square mile (1,136.7/km²). There were 1,089 housing units at an average density of 1,299.3 per square mile (500.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.35% White, 0.24% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.16% Asian, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 1,019 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.89.

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