Patton, Pennsylvania

Patton is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Altoona, in an agricultural region. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1900, 2,651 people lived here, and in 1910, 3,907 people inhabited Patton. The population was 1,769 at the 2010 census.[3]

Patton, Pennsylvania
St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Location of Patton in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Patton in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
Patton is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Patton in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°38′04″N 78°39′03″W / 40.63444°N 78.65083°W / 40.63444; -78.65083Coordinates: 40°38′04″N 78°39′03″W / 40.63444°N 78.65083°W / 40.63444; -78.65083
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough council
 • Total0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Land0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,824 ft (556 m)
 • Total1,769
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,868.18/sq mi (721.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)814
FIPS code42-58432

Patton is perhaps best known for an important local manufacturer, the Patton Clay Works. The Clay Works were one of the largest clay and brick concerns in the world in the first half of the 1900s. The company manufactured terra cotta products (pipe and tiles), building bricks, and pavers (known as "Patton Pavers") from 1893 until it closed in 1968. Bricks made there were used in the construction of the Panama Canal, and the pavers were used around the Eiffel Tower in France. The products were made from clay excavated from the area.

Due to the loss of the Clay Works, Patton’s population has had a major decline. In 1960 it had a population of 2,880, to an estimated 1,626 in 2018.


The Patton Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[4]


Patton is located in northern Cambria County at 40°38′4″N 78°39′3″W / 40.63444°N 78.65083°W / 40.63444; -78.65083 (40.634466, -78.650812),[5] in the valley of Chest Creek, a north-flowing tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Ebensburg, the county seat, is 13 miles (21 km) to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough of Patton has a total area of 0.89 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.[3]


Census Pop.
Est. 20181,626[2]−8.1%

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,023 people, 886 households, and 539 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,033.3 people per square mile (789.0/km²). There were 980 housing units at an average density of 985.0 per square mile (382.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.80% White, 0.05% Native American, and 0.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.05% of the population.

There were 886 households, out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.3% 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 3.00.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $22,546, and the median income for a family was $35,473. Males had a median income of $26,940 versus $16,875 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,851. About 11.5% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Patton borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  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 "American FactFinder". 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.

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