Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Huntingdon is a borough in (and the county seat of) Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located along the Juniata River, approximately 32 miles (51 km) east of Altoona and 92 miles (148 km) west of Harrisburg. With a population of 7,093 at the 2010 census,[2] it is the largest population center near Raystown Lake, a winding, 28-mile-long (45 km) flood-control reservoir managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Standing Stone Village (historical)
Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church
Ye Ancient Borough (historical)
"Our Home, Our Town"
Location of Huntingdon in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Location of Huntingdon in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Huntingdon is located in Pennsylvania
Huntingdon is located in the United States
Coordinates: 40°29′43″N 78°0′47″W / 40.49528°N 78.01306°W / 40.49528; -78.01306Coordinates: 40°29′43″N 78°0′47″W / 40.49528°N 78.01306°W / 40.49528; -78.01306
CountryUnited States
Plat drawn of streets and lots1767
 • TypeBorough Council
 • MayorThomas Yoder (R), elected 2021
 • Total3.70 sq mi (9.59 km2)
 • Land3.62 sq mi (9.37 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.22 km2)
643 ft (196 m)
 • Total6,827
 • Density1,887.3/sq mi (728.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
16652, 16654
Area code(s)814 Exchanges: 251,641,643,644
FIPS code42-36368

The borough is located on the main line of the Norfolk Southern (formerly Pennsylvania) Railway, in an agricultural and outdoor recreational region with extensive forests and scattered deposits of ganister rock, coal, fire clay, and limestone. Historically, the region surrounding Huntingdon was dotted with iron furnaces and forges, consuming limestone, iron ore and wood (for charcoal production) throughout the 19th century. Dairy farms dominate the local agriculture. The town is a regular stop for the Amtrak passenger service which connects Harrisburg with Pittsburgh.

Huntingdon is home to Juniata College, a private liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of the Brethren in 1876.


The original inhabitants of Huntingdon and neighboring counties were the Susquehannock. Through a combination of ongoing war with other indigenous nations, such as the Haudenosaunee, disease brought by Europeans, and violence from settlers, the Susquehannock are currently thought to have been entirely wiped out or subsumed by other tribes.

In 1768, Rev. Dr. William Smith began selling lots on the Standing Stone Tract along the Juniata, land he had recently acquired. The tracts' two prior owners had not attempted to lay out a town, so Dr. Smith is considered the founder. Huntingdon (the name by which he eventually called his town) sits at the site of corn fields that had been cultivated at a date now unknown, next to where Standing Stone Creek flows into the Juniata River. The 100th anniversary of its incorporation was marked by the erection of a "Standing Stone Monument" on Third Street, modeled on a tall, narrow shaft known to have existed before 1750, whose purpose is unclear but may have served as a trail marker. It may be significant that natural sandstone formations (popularly called Pulpit Rocks), which "stand erect", are on a nearby ridge. A story surfaced during the early 19th century that Smith had renamed Standing Stone Settlement to honor an Englishwoman, Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon. Smith's descendants vehemently denied the story, and there exists no evidence to support it, despite a wide circulation in published sources. More likely, the Anglican cleric named it after the town of the same name in England; doing so had become a pattern for naming Pennsylvania settlements, Bedford, Carlisle and York being nearby examples of the trend. In 1796, the little village was incorporated as a borough.

Huntingdon long served as the junction of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and as an important port on the Main Line of Public Works of the Pennsylvania Canal. In past years, Huntingdon boasted of manufacturers of flour, heavy machinery, radiators, furniture, stationery, woolen goods, shirts, shoes, electronic components, finished lumber, fiberglass yarn, matting and underground storage tanks. In the 19th century, J. C. Blair, a native of Shade Gap and a stationer and businessman, popularized the writing tablet and began marketing it nationwide. His factory in downtown Huntingdon was later relocated to nearby Alexandria.

Huntingdon's Herncane Broom Factory was founded in 1863 by Benjamin F. Herncane. The 1897 Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of the Juniata Valley reported that the factory's output was twenty-five dozens per day and furnished "all the brooms used by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company." The company employed 14 workers and 3 traveling salesman. The building stood on Fourteenth Street from number 1416 to 1422.[3] On 27 February 1903, the Everett Press reported that the "Herncane Broom Factory of Huntingdon was destroyed by fire last Saturday night. Loss about $1500." Brothers Walter S. and George B. Herncane, who worked with their father at the broom factory, went on to found the Herncane Bros. general store, which stood at the corner of 6th and Washington.[4]

The vicinity (but not much of the town proper) has been the subject of repeated flooding, in 1889, in 1936, and again in 1972. More recently in 2004, Hurricane Ivan resulted in major flooding close to Huntingdon, the worst since the remnants of Hurricane Agnes stalled over the region in July 1972.

The Huntingdon Borough Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[5]

From June 8 to 11, 2017, Huntingdon celebrated its 250th anniversary.[6]


Huntingdon is located north of the center of Huntingdon County at 40°29′43″N 78°0′47″W / 40.49528°N 78.01306°W / 40.49528; -78.01306 (40.495187, -78.013147),[7] on the northeast side of the Juniata River, an east-flowing major tributary of the Susquehanna River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), of which 3.6 square miles (9.4 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 2.50%, are water.[2]

Adjacent municipalitiesEdit

The following municipalities are also located in Huntingdon County, bordering on the borough:


Huntingdon has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), with warm summers and moderately cold winters.

Climate data for Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
Average high °F (°C) 38
Average low °F (°C) 19
Record low °F (°C) −29
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.8
Source: Weatherbase[8]


As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 7,093 people, 2,674 households, and 1,461 families residing in the borough.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

The population density was 2,026.6 people per square mile (779.5/km²). There were 2,911 housing units at an average density of 831.7 per square mile (319.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.61% White, 1.93% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 2,674 households, out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.4% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 17.7% under the age of 18, 24.4% from 18 to 24, 19.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,057, and the median income for a family was $54,621. The per capita income for the borough was $19,070. About 6.3% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.


In adjoining Smithfield Township (across the Juniata River) are the regional headquarters of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (Southcentral Division) and the Bureau of Forestry (Rothrock State Forest). State Game Lands 322 extends north from Huntingdon Borough in the direction of Petersburg. Public parks are the George N. Weaver Memorial Park (ball field and playground) at the end of 16th Street, Portstown Park along the Juniata River, and Blair Field bordering Standing Stone Creek. Historic Blair Park, directly across the same stream, is owned and managed by a nonprofit group; it contains a gazebo and a level hiking and biking trail. A vintage chapel within the park is used by the congregation of Epiphany of Our Lord Orthodox Church.

Huntingdon is the nearest town to the Allegrippis Trail system, ranked 15th on the list of "The BEST Mountain Bike Trails in the World."[13]


In 2009, Huntingdon was named by Budget Travel magazine's readers as the 5th Coolest Small Town in the United States. Results were announced on The Early Show on April 15, 2009, by Budget Travel's editor in chief Nina Willdorf and show host Harry Smith.[14]

In 2015, Huntingdon was chosen by as the 7th Best City to Retire in Pennsylvania.[15]


Higher educationEdit

Public educationEdit

  • Huntingdon Area Senior High School - opened in 1960 (renovated 2004) - Grades 9-12 (2400 Cassady Avenue)
  • Huntingdon Area Middle School - opened in 2012 - Grades 6-8 (2500 Cassady Avenue)
  • Southside Elementary School - opened in 1997 - Grades K-5 (10906 Station Road)
  • Standing Stone Elementary School - opened in 1999 - Grades K-5 (10 West 29th Street)

Private educationEdit

  • Calvary Christian Academy - Grades K-12 (300 Standing Stone Avenue)

Public servicesEdit

Emergency servicesEdit

  • Huntingdon Borough Police Department (530 Washington Street)
  • Huntingdon Ambulance Services (530 Washington Street)
  • Huntingdon County Sheriff's Office (241 Mifflin Street)

Health careEdit

  • J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital (1225 Warm Springs Avenue)
  • J.C. Blair Convenient Care Center (7651 Raystown Shopping Center Drive)
  • Huntingdon Health & Wellness Association (HHWA) (313 Fourth Street)
  • Huntingdon Health Care, Inc. (814 Washington Street)

Postal servicesEdit

  • Huntingdon Post Office (401 Washington Street)
  • Huntingdon Post Office at Juniata College (1700 Moore Street)

Public libraryEdit

  • Huntingdon County Library (330 Penn Street)


Water sourceEdit

The source of the city water for Huntingdon borough and Smithfield Township is Standing Stone Creek, with the water treatment facility being located in the east end of the borough.[16]




Huntingdon's stations are WHUN AM 1150, WOWY 103.5 FM,[19] Bigfoot Country 106.3 FM,[20] and the Juniata College station WKVR 92.3 FM,[21]


Huntingdon receives all television programming from the Johnstown-Altoona-State College media market.

Annual eventsEdit

  • Mayfest - historically-themed festival covering five city blocks in downtown Huntingdon,[22] held annually on last Saturday of April
  • Memorial Day parade - held annually on last Monday of May (Memorial Day observed)
  • Hauntingdon – compilation of events leading up to Halloween, such as the annual Halloween parade and trick or treat night[23]
  • Veterans Day Parade - during the month of November to honor veterans
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony - during the first week of December at the 700 block of Washington Street
  • Christmas Parade - held on a Saturday night during the month of December
  • Cultural District Walking Tours – free tours provided by volunteers during the summer months

Non-profit organizationsEdit

  • Rotary Club of Huntingdon (10305 Raystown Road)
  • Kiwanis Club of Huntingdon (2506 Shadyside Avenue)
  • Stone Creek Valley Lions Club (5303 Cold Springs Road)
  • The Salvation Army (2514 Shadyside Avenue)
  • Huntingdon Food Pantry (5th & Mifflin streets)
  • Huntingdon House Domestic Violence Shelter (401 7th Street)
  • Huntingdon County Humane Society (11371 School House Hollow Road)

Residents and former residentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Huntingdon borough, Pennsylvania". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Commemorative biographical encyclopedia of the Juniata Valley: comprising the counties of Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry, Pennsylvania. Containing sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settlers. Chambersburg, PA: JM Runk. Co. 1897. p. 45.
  4. ^ Historic Huntingdon, 1767-1909: being a brief account of the history of Huntingdon from its earliest settlements to the present day, comprising many historical facts, now published for the first time, regarding its formation, divisions and government, together with its military, educational and industrial progress. Pennsylvania Historical Committee. 1909. pp. Herncane Bros. ad placed at end of text.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "Huntingdon 250th Anniversary Celebration". Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Weatherbase: Weather for Huntingdon, Pennsynlvania". Weatherbase. 2016. Retrieved on February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "The BEST Mountain Bike Trails in the World -- SINGLETRACKS.COM". Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "America's Coolest Small Towns, Circa 2009". April 15, 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Here Are The 10 Best Cities In Pennsylvania To Retire In". Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Misiti. "Source Water Assessment Public Summary". Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "October 12, 2017 - The Daily News serving Huntingdon, Mount Union, Orbisonia, and Saxton PA". The Daily News. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  18. ^ "The Valley Log - The Daily News serving Huntingdon, Mount Union, Orbisonia, and Saxton PA". Archived from the original on October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  19. ^ "Home - Hunny 103.5". Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  20. ^ "Bigfoot Country". Bigfoot Country. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  21. ^ "Power 92.3 WKVR". Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  22. ^ "Mayfest of Huntingdon". Mayfest of Huntingdon. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  23. ^ "Hauntingdon, Pa". Hauntingdon, Pa. Retrieved February 22, 2016.

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