Cresson, Pennsylvania

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Cresson is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, 75 miles (121 km) east of Pittsburgh. Cresson is an elevated place known for its beauty. Mineral springs add to its attractions. It is above 2,000 feet (610 m) in elevation. Lumber, coal, and coke yards were industries that had supported the population which numbered 1,470 in 1910. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population at the 2000 census was 1,631.

The location was named Cresson in 1854, as a memorial to philanthropist Elliott Cresson. Railroads, specifically the Allegheny Portage Railroad, fueled the growth of the area. Many famous businessmen from Pittsburgh (Charles Schwab, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, etc.) maintained summer residences in the area.



Cresson is located at 40°27′45″N 78°35′11″W / 40.4625°N 78.58639°W / 40.4625; -78.58639 (40.462631, -78.586319)[1], about 10.5 miles west-southwest of Altoona.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,631 people, 726 households, and 426 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,297.7 people per square mile (1,285.2/km²). There were 786 housing units at an average density of 1,589.2/sq mi (619.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.90% White, 0.12% African American, 0.37% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

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