Tyrone, Pennsylvania

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Tyrone, Pennsylvania, in Blair county, is 93 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town, which is included in the Altoona metropolitan area, had 5,528 residents as of the 2000 census.

Tyrone History

Tyrone, which was founded in 1850 as Eagleville, was also known as Shorbsville before being given its present name. It grew as a railroad town, but the depot at South Pennsylvania Avenue was torn down in 1968 when the train business deteriorated. After 1975, Tyrone functioned as the connecting point of Altoona and State College because of the Route 220 By-pass. The development of Tyrone picked up when it was connected by the Fiber Optic Super Highway.

Tyrone and Nearby Attractions

  • Juniata College Museum of Art
  • Railroaders Memorial Museum
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  • Baker Mansion
  • Black Moshannon State Park
  • Whipple Dam State Park

Things To Do In Tyrone

The Railroaders Memorial Museum celebrates the contributions of Railroaders and their families to the lives of Americans. Exhibits displayed at the 1,500-acre Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site narrate the history of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. The Hollsopple Train Station that was previously part of the Baltimore & Ohio rail line is accessible from Tyrone. An ironmaster's house named Baker Mansion has been restored near Tyrone. Opportunities for fishing, swimming, and camping are available at the Black Moshannon State Park, the Canoe Creek State Park, and the Gallitzin State Park.

Tyrone Transportation

The Harrisburg International Airport is located close to Tyrone.

Tyrone Higher Education

Penn State Altoona, Juniata College, and Mount Aloysius College are situated near Tyrone.

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High Points

Tyrone strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Tyrone Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 13% Tyrone Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Comparing Tyrone to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 8
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Age of the Population 8 6
Well-Paid Single Men 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 5
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 4
Average Household Size 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
Median Family Income 3 4
People Above Poverty 3 2
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 6 7
Working at Home 5 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Public Transportation Use 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 9
People Living Alone 9 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Housing Recently Built 1 3

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Tyrone Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 93 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Blair
Metro Area Altoona
Standard Zip Codes 16686
Phone Area Codes 814
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.67
Longitude -78.238

Tyrone Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station MADERA 2 SE
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
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Tyrone Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,528 100%
Male 2,525 45.7%
Female 3,003 54.3%
Under 18 1,246 22.5%
18+ 4,282 77.5%
65+ 1,167 21.1%
Median Age 39.7
Average Family Size 2.87
White 5,465 98.9%
African-American 18 0.3%
Asian 6 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 8 0.1%
Mixed Race 25 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 30 0.5%

Estimated Tyrone Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,324
Growth -204
Growth % -3.7%

Tyrone Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 34.3%
US/American 17.2%
Irish 9.8%
Italian 8.4%
English 6.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.8%
Polish 2.9%
Dutch 2.8%
Scottish 2.3%
Pennsylvania German 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Welsh 1.2%
Ukrainian 1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Swedish 0.7%
British 0.6%
Russian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
African 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Tyrone 5,528 $37,818
Alexandria 401 $43,750
Bellwood 2,016 $40,091
Brisbin 413 $35,875
Houtzdale 941 $33,309
Petersburg 455 $35,417
Ramey 525 $36,563

Tyrone Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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