With the Great Depression came a gradual decline of the economy. As the economy worsened the business district diminished to almost nothing. The mill, which was primarily responsible for Volant's success, closed its doors in the early 1960s and the trains stopped running through Volant in 1975. Volant soon became forgotten and returned to its rural roots.
In 1984, a renaissance began with the old mill as its centerpiece. Opening its doors for the first time in over 20 years as a country gift and antique store, it paved the way for a business revival that still continues. Encouraged by its success, other shops were opened on Main Street. After several years of rapid growth, there are now over 50 shops and restaurants turning Volant from a sleepy little village into one of western Pennsylvania's most popular tourist attractions.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all of it land.
Volant is a unique village of quaint shops and restaurants located on Pennsylvania Route 208 only 10 minutes from I-79 and I-80. It has an old-fashioned main street nestled in the rolling hills of scenic western Pennsylvania Amish country.
There were 55 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.49.
In the borough the population was spread out with 15.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $37,917. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $25,417 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $17,642. There were 6.1% of families and 7.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under 18 and 7.1% of those over 64.
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