Introduction to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in Jefferson county, is 64 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town has a population of 6,271.

Punxsutawney History

Greater Punxsutawney was incorporated in 1907 by consolidating the Punxsutawney and Claysville boroughs. The town is named for the Delaware Indian term meaning "town of the sandflies." This town was known for its glassworks, machine shops, silk, planning, flour mills, foundries, and ironworks. Punxsutawney became famous when a movie was made about a groundhog that lives in the town. This groundhog, named Phil, can supposedly predict the weather. When the movie became a hit, it drew thousands of tourists who visit every year to find out the length of winter from the groundhog.

Punxsutawney and Nearby Attractions

  • Portage Station Museum
  • Railroaders Memorial Museum
  • Baker Mansion
  • Lakemont Park
  • Blue Spruce County Park

Things To Do In Punxsutawney

The history of the mining and railroad industries is presented at the Portage Station Museum. The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site features a 1,500-acre park where the history of the railroad is exhibited. The Bushy Run Battlefield where the Pontiac War was fought can be accessed from the town. Exhibits related to the career and hometown of Jimmy Stewart are displayed at the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Retrospectives and clips are shown in a theater built in the 1930s. The 420-acre Blue Spruce County Park offers opportunities for fishing and picnicking.

Punxsutawney Transportation

Air transportation is available from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

Punxsutawney Higher Education

Penn State Dubois, Clarion University, and Saint Francis University are situated close to Punxsutawney.


Total Population 5,899
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 21.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,286
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 38.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $42,550
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 38.7%
Median Gross Rent $567
Median House Value $70,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 17.4%

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

Punxsutawney Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 64 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 15767
Phone Area Codes 814
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.943
Longitude -78.971

Punxsutawney Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
Distance 15.4 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
Station CLARION 3 SW
Distance 29.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Punxsutawney, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Juneau (15767)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Big Run 605 $43,750
Glen Campbell 227 $48,472

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

Punxsutawney Public Libraries

Punxsutawney Memorial Library
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
(814) 938-5020

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Punxsutawney Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(814) 938-1800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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