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Encyclopedia > Bedford, Pennsylvania

Bedford is a borough located in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the borough had a total population of 3,141. It is the county seat of Bedford County6.

Bedford is notable for having been the headquarters of George Washington and his force of 13,000 while putting down the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.


Bedford is located at 40°0'59" North, 78°30'15" West (40.016361, -78.504071)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.9 km˛ (1.1 mi˛). 2.9 km˛ (1.1 mi˛) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 3,141 people, 1,536 households, and 832 families residing in the borough. The population density is 1,092.6/km˛ (2,830.8/mi˛). There are 1,640 housing units at an average density of 570.5/km˛ (1,478.0/mi˛). The racial makeup of the borough is 97.71% White, 0.51% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,536 households out of which 21.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% are married couples living together, 9.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 45.8% are non-families. 40.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.04 and the average family size is 2.76.

In the borough the population is spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough is $28,549, and the median income for a family is $39,122. Males have a median income of $29,148 versus $21,375 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $18,028. 11.9% of the population and 8.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.6% of those under the age of 18 and 7.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=40.016361&longitude=-78.504071&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=40.016361&lon=-78.504071&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-78.504071&lat=40.016361&w=750&h=500)

  Results from FactBites:
Bedford, Pennsylvania - LoveToKnow 1911 (318 words)
Bedford is served by the Bedford branch of the Pennsylvania railway.
Bedford has a large wholesale grocery trade, manufactures flour, dressed lumber, kegs and handles, and is situated in a fine fruitgrowing district, especially known for its apples and plums.
The town of Bedford was laid out in 1769, and in 1771 it was made the county-seat of Bedford county, which was organized in that year.
BEDFORD Speedway - Welcome (802 words)
Located in Bedford, Pennsylvania, the Bedford Speedway is the oldest active dirt track in the state.
Bedford was once part of the road to Indy, with AAA and URC sprint car racing dominating the scene for much of Bedford's early days.
Bedford Speedway has been, and will continue to be an important phase in one of this nation’s most exciting and prolific sports.
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