Mont Alto, Pennsylvania

Mont Alto is a borough in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,705 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 1,357 at the 2000 census.

Mont Alto, Pennsylvania
Mont Alto, Pennsylvania
Mont Alto, Pennsylvania
Location of Mont Alto in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Mont Alto in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
Mont Alto is located in Pennsylvania
Mont Alto
Mont Alto
Mont Alto is located in the United States
Mont Alto
Mont Alto
Coordinates: 39°50′36″N 77°33′18″W / 39.84333°N 77.55500°W / 39.84333; -77.55500Coordinates: 39°50′36″N 77°33′18″W / 39.84333°N 77.55500°W / 39.84333; -77.55500
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • MayorJohn Esser
 • Total0.56 sq mi (1.46 km2)
 • Land0.56 sq mi (1.46 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
886 ft (270 m)
 • Total1,705
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,071.05/sq mi (1,186.49/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)717
FIPS code42-50544


John Funk built the first house in the borough (then unestablished) in 1817 on what is now Main Street. At this time the town was known as "Funkstown".[4] Eventually the town of Altodale and the surrounding area, called Mont Alto, combined into what is now known as Mont Alto.[5]

In 1915 the town of Mont Alto was incorporated with a population of 800.

In the beginning of the 20th century, Mont Alto contained one of the largest sanatoriums in the area for treatment of tuberculosis.[6]


Mont Alto is located in southeastern Franklin County at 39°50′36″N 77°33′18″W / 39.84333°N 77.55500°W / 39.84333; -77.55500 (39.843234, -77.555023).[7] It sits at the western base of South Mountain along the headwaters of the West Branch of Antietam Creek. Mont Alto State Park is located in the creek valley 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the borough.

Pennsylvania Route 997 passes through the center of town as Main Street; it leads north 5 miles (8 km) to U.S. Route 30 near Fayetteville and south 7 miles (11 km) to Waynesboro. Pennsylvania Route 233 runs east out of the borough as Park Street, leading northeast 9 miles (14 km) to US 30 at Caledonia State Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.47 km2), all of it land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,729[2]1.4%

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,357 people, 541 households, and 413 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,339.5 people per square mile (903.3/km2). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 993.1 per square mile (383.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.72% White, 0.96% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

There were 541 households, out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,163, and the median income for a family was $41,705. Males had a median income of $32,169 versus $21,579 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,216. About 4.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Penn State Mont Alto is located at the intersection Slabtown Rd and Campus Drive and route 233 goes right by the university.

Points of interestEdit


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Mont Alto borough, Pennsylvania". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  4. ^ M'Cauley, I. H. (1878). Historical Sketch of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Patriot. p. 209.
  5. ^ "Borough of Mont Alto - History". 2008-04-09. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14.
  6. ^ "Has Immunization From Consumption been found?" (PDF). New York Times. 1910-07-24. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "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.

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