Wheatland, Pennsylvania

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Wheatland is a borough in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, along the Shenango River. The population was 748 at the 2000 census. It is part of the YoungstownWarrenBoardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Wheatland suffered extensive damage on May 31, 1985, when an F5 tornado struck the area. The tornado killed 18 (seven of whom were Wheatland residents), injured over 300, and was easily the most powerful and damaging in Pennsylvania's history (see 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak).


Wheatland is located at 41°12′1″N 80°29′45″W / 41.20028°N 80.49583°W / 41.20028; -80.49583 (41.200389, -80.495709)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 748 people, 349 households, and 202 families residing in the borough. The population density was 847.8 people per square mile (328.2/km²). There were 379 housing units at an average density of 429.6/sq mi (166.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.96% White, 12.03% African American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 349 households out of which 17.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the borough the population was spread out with 18.3% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 27.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $27,596, and the median income for a family was $34,250. Males had a median income of $30,521 versus $18,409 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,365. About 8.3% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

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