Introduction to Indiana, Pennsylvania

Indiana, Pennsylvania, in Indiana county, is 46 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. About 14,895 people live in Indiana.

Indiana History

The area was named Indiana after the newly formed Indiana Territory. Formerly leading industry had been coal mining. The history of the county of Indiana traces back to 1727 when a trading post was established for the Indians near the town of Shelocta. The trading post was set up by a French Huguenot trader, James LeTort. The borough of Indiana is also nicknamed the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World", because at one time, a number of Christmas trees were cultivated in the area.

Indiana and Nearby Attractions

  • Blue Spruce County Park
  • Jimmy Stewart Museum
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  • Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
  • Johnstown Inclined Plane
  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Things To Do In Indiana

Museums such as the Portage Station Museum and Windber Coal Heritage Center may be visited. The Jimmy Stewart Museum, which is near Indiana, exhibits the Hollywood career and hometown history of Jimmy Stewart. There are several parks and recreational areas including Keystone State Park, Blue Knob State Park, Laurel Ridge State Park, and Yellow Creek State Park. Activities like fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking may be enjoyed in these parks. People participate in local festivals like the Jimmy Stewart Festival Week and the Indiana County Fair.

Indiana Transportation

Air transportation is available at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

Indiana Higher Education

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is situated in Indiana. Colleges and universities nearby include Westmoreland County Community College, California University of Pennsylvania, and Saint Vincent College.


Total Population 14,050
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,738
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 16.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42%
Median Earnings25+ $30,248
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,167
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,150


Median Family Income $59,951
% Above Poverty Level 59.2%
% Below Poverty Level 40.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 23.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 36.3%
Median Gross Rent $786
Median House Value $118,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 21.1%

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

Indiana Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 46 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Indiana
Standard Zip Codes 15701
Company Zip Codes 15705
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.621
Longitude -79.152

Indiana Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station INDIANA 3 SE
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 37 F
Apr Temp 36 to 63 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Station SALINA 3 W
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 37 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Armagh 121 $77,708
Clymer 1,237 $42,727
Creekside 320 $45,625
Ernest 355 $62,656

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

Indiana Public Libraries

Indiana Free Library Inc
Indiana, Pennsylvania
(724) 465-8841
Library Web Site

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Indiana Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(724) 357-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Indiana High Schools

Serves 825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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