Mercer, Pennsylvania

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Mercer is a borough in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,391 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Mercer County[1]. Mercer is part of the YoungstownWarrenBoardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The community was named after physician Brigadier General Hugh Mercer. Brigadier General Mercer was a close friend to General Washington and became a rallying point for the Battle of Princeton.

Mercer is the birthplace of the 19th century painter Samuel Waugh, as well as musician Trent Reznor, creator of the band Nine Inch Nails. Mercer is also known for its Memorial Day Parade with the main street lined with 500 flags. Each February it holds Penn's Woods West Arts & Crafts Festival at the Mercer Area High School as well Victorian Days in the summer. Many attend the outdoor concerts by the Mercer Community Band on Friday evenings each summer.[citation needed]


Mercer is located at 41°13′35″N 80°14′15″W / 41.22639°N 80.2375°W / 41.22639; -80.2375 (41.226347, -80.237436)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,391 people, 1,020 households, and 609 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,930.3 people per square mile (744.5/km²). There were 1,086 housing units at an average density of 876.7/sq mi (338.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.45% White, 2.17% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

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