Tionesta, Pennsylvania

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Tionesta is a borough in Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 615 at the 2000 census and has declined by about 4% since[1]. It is the county seat of Forest County[2]. The name is a Native American word meaning "waters meet."

Tionesta lies at the heart of a forested region that is a popular destination for hunters and other outdoor lovers. While the general area has seen some growth as a result of this tourist activity, the borough proper has suffered several setbacks in recent years including the closure of an Evenflo plant that was a major employer and a 2002 fire that leveled an entire block of the borough's downtown area. However, there have also been signs of progress, including the ongoing construction of a multimillion-dollar hunting and fishing museum.



Tionesta is located at 41°29′42″N 79°27′21″W / 41.495017°N 79.455939°W / 41.495017; -79.455939.[3] The borough is located 54 miles (87 km) SE of Erie, Pennsylvania and 78 miles (126 km) N of Pittsburgh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.5 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 615 people (296 males, 319 females), 282 households, and 166 families residing in the borough. A more recent estimate has Tionesta's population being 592, a loss of 3.69%. The population density was 457.5 people per square mile (177.2/km2). There were 337 housing units at an average density of 250.7/sq mi (97.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.67% White, 0.16% Asian, and 0.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 282 households out of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.88.

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