Saxton, Pennsylvania

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Saxton is a borough in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 803 at the 2000 census.



Saxton is located at 40°12′53″N 78°14′43″W / 40.21472°N 78.24528°W / 40.21472; -78.24528 (40.214584, -78.245241)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

Saxton is in an area know as the Broad Top. It sits on the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountains. Saxton is located in a valley. About a mile to the west is Tussey Mountain. The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River flows through the town. But most people just simply call it "The River." It flows into Raystown Lake just north of town. Surrounding Saxton are several mountains and hills.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 803 people, 357 households, and 213 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,949.9 people per square mile (756.2/km²). There were 397 housing units at an average density of 964.0/sq mi (373.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.25% White, 0.12% African American, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 357 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 79.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,853, and the median income for a family was $34,250. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,326. About 13.2% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

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