Shanksville, Pennsylvania

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Shanksville is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 245, as of the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Pittsburgh Tri-State area. Shanksville came to international attention during the September 11, 2001 attacks when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed nearby.



Shanksville is located at 40°1′2″N 78°54′21″W / 40.01722°N 78.90583°W / 40.01722; -78.90583 (40.017182, -78.905891),[1] with the borough covering 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km²).

Shanksville has the seventh-highest elevation of towns in Pennsylvania, at 2,230 feet (680 m).[2]

The town is primarily residential, with a small service station, Beaner's Marine, Ida's Country Store, a grocery store owned by Rick King, Creekside Country Store, a locally owned gift and craft shop, and the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department.[citation needed] Shanksville United Methodist Church and St. Mark Lutheran Church are also located here.


As of the census of 2000, there were 245 people, 96 households, and 69 families residing in the borough.[3] The population density was 1,391.9 people per square mile (525.5/km²). There were 100 housing units at an average density of 568.1/sq mi (214.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White.

There were 96 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.

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