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Houtzdale, Pennsylvania

Houtzdale, Pennsylvania

Houtzdale is a borough in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1] The population was 797 at the 2010 census.[6]

Houtzdale, Pennsylvania
Houtzdale skyline in January 2021
Location within Clearfield County
and State of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°49′30″N 78°21′04″W[1]
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1872 (Borough)[2]
Named forDr. Daniel Houtz[3]
  TypeBorough Council
  MayorIzen Lingenfelter[2]
  Total0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
  Land0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,522 ft (464 m)
  Density1,947.78/sq mi (752.04/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code814, exchange 378
FIPS code42-35928 [1]
GNIS ID1177516 [1]


Houtzdale is named after Dr. Daniel Houtz, the original owner of the town site.[3] The town was built quickly in the late 19th century and is structured on a square grid plan. Focused mainly on the railroad and coal industry, the town served as a hub for the railroad which made its way onto Ramey and Madera to the west. Houtzdale become an incorporated borough in 1872.[2]


Houtzdale is bordered to the north by the borough of Brisbin. Pennsylvania Route 53 passes through Houtzdale, leading east 5 miles (8 km) to Osceola Mills and west 9 miles (14 km) to Glen Hope. Pennsylvania Route 153 leads north from Houtzdale 17 miles (27 km) to Clearfield, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Houtzdale has a total area of 0.38 square miles (0.99 km2), all of it land.[6]


Historical population
2019 (est.)746[5]−6.4%
First United Methodist Church (2012)

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 941 people, 380 households, and 275 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,682.2 people per square mile (1,038.1/km²). There were 432 housing units at an average density of 1,231.4 per square mile (476.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.57% White, 0.21% Native American, and 0.21% from two or more races.

There were 380 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the borough, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,219, and the median income for a family was $33,309. Males had a median income of $27,039 versus $20,438 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,177. About 9.3% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.

Ukrainian ancestry

In 2000, 6.9% of Houtzdale claimed Ukrainian ancestry.[10]

Parks and recreation

In 2020, Trella Memorial Park was created, the first public park in Houtzdale.[11]


The borough council consists of seven members, who are elected in the general elections, and serve four year terms with seats coming available every 2 years. The mayor serves a four year term for ceremonial duty. As of 2020, the mayor was Izen Lingenfelter.[2]


The community is served by Moshannon Valley School District, which has two schools:


WMMH is a Catholic radio station licensed to Houtzdale.[12]

Notable people

See also


  1. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Houtzdale, Pennsylvania; United States Geological Survey (USGS); August 2, 1979.
  2. Byers, Dianne (April 30, 2020). "History in the Making".
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 162.
  4. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  5. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  6. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Houtzdale borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  7. "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. "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.
  10. "Ancestry Map of Ukrainian Communities". Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  11. "Houtzdale breaks ground for Trella Park". The Progress. October 25, 2020. Archived from the original on November 3, 2020.
  12. "FM Query Results". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  13. "Bill Bishop". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  14. "Camille Bud George". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-06-23.

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