Youngwood, Pennsylvania

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Youngwood is a borough in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,138 at the 2000 census. It was the hometown of the late George Blanda - former NFL quarterback and placekicker.



The community was established in 1899 and was built on land owned by John Y. Woods, a farmer. In creating the name Youngwood, John Y. Woods took his own family name and combined it with his maternal grandfather's name, which was Young (hence Young+Wood).[1]

Youngwood owes its existence to the Southwest Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which ran from Greensburg south to Uniontown and Fairchance. In 1900, a large classification yard was built for sorting railroad cars, and this railroad yard provided Youngwood's economic base for many decades.

Youngwood became a borough on November 10, 1902.[2] The year 1902 was also the date of Youngwood's railroad station, which still stands on Depot Street.


Youngwood is located at 40°14′22″N 79°34′50″W / 40.23944°N 79.58056°W / 40.23944; -79.58056 (40.239566, -79.580686)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.08%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,138 people, 1,506 households, and 891 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,249.2 people per square mile (868.3/km²). There were 1,601 housing units at an average density of 870.2/sq mi (336.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 87.68% White, 11.65% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% from other races, and 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.37% of the population.

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