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Rockwood, Pennsylvania
—  Borough  —
Rockwood, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°54′58″N 79°09′21″W / 39.91611°N 79.15583°W / 39.91611; -79.15583
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Somerset
Settled 1857
Incorporated 1885
Government
 - Type Borough Council
 - Mayor
Area
 - Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 1,837 ft (560 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 954
 - Density 3,053.4/sq mi (1,178.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 15557
Area code(s) 814

Rockwood is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 954 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Rockwood is located at 39°54′58″N 79°9′21″W / 39.91611°N 79.15583°W / 39.91611; -79.15583 (39.916222, -79.155808)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 954 people, 406 households, and 272 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,053.4 people per square mile (1,188.2/km²). There were 421 housing units at an average density of 1,347.4/sq mi (524.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.58% White, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, and 0.21% from two or more races.

There were 406 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $25,139, and the median income for a family was $31,023. Males had a median income of $26,500 versus $20,066 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,687. About 12.3% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Schools

Both the Rockwood Area Elementary School and the Rockwood Area Junior/Senior High School are located within the Borough of Rockwood. A second elementary school within the Rockwood School District is the Kingwood Elementary School, however this elementary school is not within the Borough of Rockwood.

Typically, Rockwood High School graduates 65 - 80 students per year.[3]

Transportation

PA 653 runs through Rockwood. The nearest limited-access freeway is the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Somerset, 10 miles (16 km) to the north.

Up until April 30, 1971, Rockwood was a stop on the Baltimore & Ohio's daily Washington—Akron passenger train. Since 1981 Amtrak's Capitol Limited (Chicago—Washington) has passed through Rockwood without stopping. Since 1990 local officials have lobbied for Rockwood to be added as a stop, and in October 2009 Amtrak released a feasibility study which placed the cost of a new station at $2.2 million.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ Public Schools Report http://schools.publicschoolsreport.com/Pennsylvania/Rockwood/RockwoodAreaJshs.html
  4. ^ Rock, Vicki (June 24, 2008). "Chamber lobbies for Rockwood Amtrak stop". Daily American. http://www.dailyamerican.com/articles/2008/06/24/news/news/news509.txt. Retrieved 2009-12-18.  
  5. ^ Amtrak (October 16, 2009). "P.R.I.I.A. Section 224: Pennsylvania Feasibility: Studies Report". http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/BlobServer?blobcol=urldata&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobkey=id&blobwhere=1249200498813&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobheadername1=Content-disposition&blobheadervalue1=attachment;filename=Amtrak_PennsylvaniaServiceStudies.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-18.  

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