Mercer, Pennsylvania

Mercer is a borough in and the county seat of Mercer County, Pennsylvania, United States. [4] The population was 1,982 at the 2020 census.[3] It is part of the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area.

Mercer, Pennsylvania
Borough of Mercer
Mercer County Courthouse (1909)
Mercer County Courthouse (1909)
Etymology: Hugh Mercer
Motto: 
"Meet Me In Mercer"
Location of Mercer in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Mercer in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
Mercer, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Location of Mercer within Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°13′35″N 80°14′15″W / 41.22639°N 80.23750°W / 41.22639; -80.23750Coordinates: 41°13′35″N 80°14′15″W / 41.22639°N 80.23750°W / 41.22639; -80.23750
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyMercer
Established1803
Government
 • MayorRichard Konzen (D)
Area
 • Total1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Land1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,280 ft (390 m)
Highest elevation1,280 ft (390 m)
Lowest elevation1,075 ft (328 m)
Population
 • Total1,982 Decrease
 • Estimate 
(2021)[3]
1,964
 • Density1,626.62/sq mi (628.00/km2)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (EDT)
Zip code
16137
Area code724

The community was named after Brigadier General Hugh Mercer. The Mercer County Court House and Christiana Lindsey House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

GeographyEdit

Mercer is located at 41°13′35″N 80°14′15″W / 41.22639°N 80.23750°W / 41.22639; -80.23750 (41.226347, -80.237436).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.

Point of interestEdit

The United States post office in Mercer contains a mural, Clearing the Land, painted in 1940 by Lorin Thompson. Murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department.[7]

Camp Nazareth, an Eastern Orthodox camp for youth and young adults, has been on 300 acres in Mercer since 1977. It has been accredited by the American Camp Association since its founding.[8] The camp is under the jurisdiction of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, which is itself under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

DemographicsEdit

 
Businesses on Pitt Street
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840781
18501,00428.6%
18601,24924.4%
18701,235−1.1%
18802,34489.8%
18902,138−8.8%
19001,804−15.6%
19102,02612.3%
19201,932−4.6%
19302,12510.0%
19402,2726.9%
19502,3975.5%
19602,80016.8%
19702,773−1.0%
19802,532−8.7%
19902,444−3.5%
20002,391−2.2%
20102,002−16.3%
20201,982−1.0%
2021 (est.)1,964[3]−0.9%
Sources:[9][10][11]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,391 people, 1,020 households, and 609 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,930.3 people per square mile (744.5/km2). There were 1,086 housing units at an average density of 876.7 per square mile (338.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.45% White, 2.17% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 1,020 households, out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,795, and the median income for a family was $46,979. Males had a median income of $27,371 versus $19,576 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,161. About 6.0% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Indian Run Topo Map, Mercer County PA (Mercer Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". Census.gov. US Census Bureau. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ Arnesen, Eric (2007). Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History. Vol. 1. New York: Routledge. p. 1540. ISBN 9780415968263.
  8. ^ "Camp Nazareth".
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  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 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.