Corry, Pennsylvania

Corry is a city in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,834 at the 2000 census.


Corry is located at (41.924947, -79.640511). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,834 people, 2,660 households, and 1,763 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,120.5 people per square mile (432.6/km²). There were 2,868 housing units at an average density of 470.2/sq mi (181.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.19% White, 0.29% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 2,660 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,967, and the median income for a family was $35,375. Males had a median income of $30,220 versus $22,127 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,143. About 14.2% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.


Settlers began arriving in the area in the late 1700s, and one of the earliest was Michael Hare, who staked his claim on land given to him by the newly-formed government of the United States. He and his wife Elizabeth built a log cabin in 1795 on the banks of a creek that is known to us today as Hare Creek, located one mile north of Corry.

The construction of railroad tracks through the piney woods in the early 1800s heralded a new era. By 1861, the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad intersected the Sunbury & Erie Railroad at a spot called, appropriately enough, Junction. The land at Junction was owned by Hiram Cory, who sold a small piece of this 63-acre holding to the A&GW Railroad in October 1861. Mr. Hill, superintendent of the railroad, was so pleased by Mr. Cory's fair price that he renamed Junction in his honor, although he misspelled it in the process. That was the beginning of the City of Corry.

The combination of railroad growth and the discovery of oil in nearby Titusville contributed greatly to Corry's development. This boomtown was chartered as a borough in 1863 and designated as a city in 1866. Industry has played a big part in Corry's growth, and the Corry Area Historical Society maintains a museum where one of the Climax locomotives (the steam engine used in logging operations that brought fame to Corry) is on display.


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