Tyrone, Pennsylvania

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Tyrone is a borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania, 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Altoona, on the Little Juniata River. Tyrone was of considerable commercial importance in the twentieth century. It was an outlet for the Clearfield coal fields, and it was noted for the manufacture of paper products. There were planing mills, and chemical and candy factories. In 1900, 5,847 people lived here; in 1910, 7,176; and in 1940, 8,845 people resided here. The population was 5,528 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Altoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It was named after County Tyrone in Ireland.

Located along the main lines of the Norfolk Southern and Nittany and Bald Eagle railroads, and US-220, PA-453, and I-99 highways, Tyrone was at one time known as "The Hub of the Highways." In those days four railroads [Pennsylvania, Tyrone and Clearfield, Tyrone and Lock Haven, Lewisburg and Tyrone] and three main highways [US-220, PA-350, PA-453] converged there. Prior to the development of the railroads through the state, Tyrone was on the Main Line Canal, Juniata Division, of the Pennsylvania Canal system.


General information

  • ZIP Code: 16686
  • Area Code: 814
  • Local Phone Exchanges: 684, 686, 682
  • Current Mayor: William Fink


Tyrone is located at 40°40′29″N 78°14′29″W / 40.67472°N 78.24139°W / 40.67472; -78.24139 (40.674681, -78.241258)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), all of it land.

Tyrone in situated in the Bald Eagle Valley at the base of Bald Eagle Mountain along Bald Eagle Creek at the Little Juniata River water gap.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,528 people, 2,381 households, and 1,507 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,736.6 people per square mile (1,056.6/km²). There were 2,567 housing units at an average density of 1,270.8/sq mi (490.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.86% White, 1.00% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

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