McVeytown, Pennsylvania

McVeytown is a borough in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Juniata River. Formerly Waynesburg, it was settled in 1762, laid out in 1795,[3] and incorporated in 1833.[4] The population was 344 at the 2020 census.[2] The "Father of Pennsylvania Forestry", Dr. Joseph Rothrock was born in McVeytown on April 9, 1839. He was largely responsible for the acquisition of the lands that became Pennsylvania state parks and forests, including Rothrock State Forest.

McVeytown, Pennsylvania
Post office
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Location of McVeytown in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.
Location of McVeytown in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.
McVeytown is located in Pennsylvania
McVeytown is located in the United States
Coordinates: 40°29′51″N 77°44′27″W / 40.49750°N 77.74083°W / 40.49750; -77.74083Coordinates: 40°29′51″N 77°44′27″W / 40.49750°N 77.74083°W / 40.49750; -77.74083
CountryUnited States
Laid out1795
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Total0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
 • Land0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
 • Total344 Decrease
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,484.21/sq mi (1,338.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code717
FIPS code42-46400
Local phone exchange: 899


The settlement of what is now McVeytown was begun by Samuel Holliday in 1755. But it wasn’t until 1762 that he settled in permanently and not until 1795 that the town of Waynesburg (present day McVeytown) was laid out. John McVey owned the land and was the founder of McVeytown.

Samuel, Adam, John and William Holliday, and his two sisters, Elizabeth and Nancy, the latter of which would become the wife of Andrew Bratton, immigrated to the U.S. in 1745 and located on the “manor” of Lancaster County. They moved later to Conococheague in what is now Franklin County, and John removed to Path Valley, where he lived and died. Adam and William took up land at Hollidaysburg, and it was from him that the borough took its name. In early 1775, Samuel Holliday and Andrew Bratton, just after the New Purchase of the Indians, went out into that region in search for land to settle. After they made a decision on the land, they went to the land-office, at the time located in Philadelphia, and in 1775 received their warrants. Bratton was in what is now Bratton Township, and Holliday at what is now McVeytown and vicinity.[3]


McVeytown is located at 40°29′51″N 77°44′27″W / 40.49750°N 77.74083°W / 40.49750; -77.74083 (40.497584, -77.740796).[5] The unincorporated settlement Mattawana Village lies across the Juniata River, on its east bank.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), of which, 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it is land and 10.00% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2021 (est.)342[2]−0.6%

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 305 people, 168 households, and 115 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,379.9 people per square mile (1,737.5/km2). There were 182 housing units at an average density of 1,968.2 per square mile (780.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.26% White, 0.25% African American, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 168 households, out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $28,571 versus $19,286 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,116. About 3.5% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020—2021". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Ellis' History of Mifflin County, Chapter 10, McVeytown Boro - Mifflin County PAGenWeb
  4. ^ "Mifflin County 7th class" (PDF). Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "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 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.