Introduction to Clarion, Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pennsylvania is 62 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is in Clarion county and has a populatino of 6,185.

Clarion History

Scotch-Irish and German settlers arrived in the region in 1801, and a settlement was officially established in 1839. The area was named after the Clarion River. On April 6, 1841, the community was officially incorporated as the Borough of Clarion. It later became the seat of Clarion County which was formed on March 11, 1839, from portions of Venango and Armstrong counties. The Clarion area witnessed a rise in population because of its rich natural resources like oil, natural gas, lumber, and coal.

Clarion and Nearby Attractions

  • Clear Creek State Park
  • Old Economy Historical Site
  • Baker Mansion
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  • Sutton-Ditz House Museum

Things To Do In Clarion

Every fall, residents of Clarion celebrate the weeklong Autumn Leaf Festival which features various motorcycle and tractor shows, pageants, food vendors, and parades. The Sutton-Ditz House Museum preserves artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the cultural and historical heritage of the region. The 1,500-acre Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is a place of historic interest near Clarion. This site marks the area where the first railroad was built over the Allegheny Mountains. Another popular place to visit is the Old Economy Historical Site which includes the remains of a utopian village established in 1824. Cook Forest State Park, which occupies an area of 6,668 acres on the Clarion River, offers opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing.

Clarion Transportation

Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Clarion Higher Education

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is located in Clarion. Allegheny College, Butler County Community College, Grove City College, and University of Pittsburgh - Titusville are some of the other nearby colleges.


Total Population 5,298
Male Share of the Population 43%
Female Share of the Population 57%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,194
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 27.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,911
% Above Poverty Level 67%
% Below Poverty Level 33%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $586
Median House Value $115,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 15.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clarion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 62 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Clarion
Standard Zip Codes 16214
Phone Area Codes 814
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.214
Longitude -79.385

Clarion Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CLARION 3 SW
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 60 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 56 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 33.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Callensburg 171 $34,286
Corsica 302 $48,750
Knox 1,110 $57,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clarion Public Libraries

Clarion Free Library
644 MAIN ST.
Clarion, Pennsylvania
(814) 226-7172
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Clarion Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(814) 226-9500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Clarion High Schools

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Serves 454 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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