Introduction to St. Marys, Pennsylvania

St. Marys, Pennsylvania, in Elk county, is 92 miles SE of Erie, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 101 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city has a population of 14,502.

St. Marys History

The city was originally a Bavarian Catholic town. The German Catholic Brotherhood of Philadelphia and Baltimore organized themselves to form a colony free from racial and religious persecution. This colony was established in 1842, and the group bought a tract of land in the Shippen District. A new settlement arose which was known as Sanct Marien Stadt or St. Marys, in honor of Mother Mary. By 1860, the basic industries emerges and plans began to develop to have a railroad. The area became a city after including the township of Benzinger in 1992.

St. Marys and Nearby Attractions

  • Allegheny National Forest
  • Elk Herd Watch
  • Bendigo State Park
  • Kane Railroad Depot and Museum
  • Kinzua Dam
  • Fisherman’s Paradise

Things To Do In St. Marys

Several parks in proximity to the city include Elk State Park, Allegheny National Forest, and Bendigo State Park. Decker’s Chapel, America’s smallest chapel is another popular attraction. Kane Railroad Depot and Museum and Robinson Museum are also nearby. Opportunities to play golf are available at The Bavarian Hills Golf Course and St. Marys Country Club. People may participate in sports like archery, volleyball, swimming, and basketball at Luhr, Memorial, Kaulmont, and Benzinger Parks.

St. Marys Transportation

Bradford Regional Airport is located near the city.

St. Marys Higher Education

Colleges near St. Marys include Penn State Dubois, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford campus, and Clarion University.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

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

St Marys Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 92 miles SE of Erie, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 101 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Elk
Standard Zip Codes 15857
Phone Area Codes 814
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.427
Longitude -78.561

St Marys Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 31 to 57 F
Jul Temp 54 to 80 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 58 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches
Distance 28.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brockway 1,975 $56,316
Emporium 1,917 $48,967
Johnsonburg 2,465 $49,500
Kane 3,658 $55,341

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

St Marys Public Libraries

Saint Marys Public Library
St Marys, Pennsylvania
(814) 834-6141
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St Marys Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(814) 788-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17

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