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Roaring Spring

Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania

  •   State: 
    Blair County
    Roaring Spring
      County all: 
    Blair | Bedford
      County FIPS: 
    42013 | 42009
    40°20′04″N 78°23′55″W
      Area total: 
    0.81 sq mi (2.09 km²)
      Area land: 
    0.81 sq mi (2.09 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    1,027 ft (313 m)
    1865; Settled 1865; Incorporated 1888
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Altoona, PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,961.49 residents per square mile of area (1,143.23/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Roaring Spring was established around the Big Spring in Morrison's Cove, a clean and dependable water source vital to the operation of a paper mill. Prior to 1866, when the first paper mill was built, Roaring Spring had been a grist mill hamlet with a country store at the intersection of two rural roads that lead to the mill near the spring. After 1867, as the paper mill expanded, surrounding tracts of land were acquired to accommodate housing development for new workers. The formalization of a town plan, however, never occurred. As a result, the seemingly random street pattern of the historic district is the product of hilly topography, a small network of pre-existing country roads, and the property lines of adjacent tracts that were acquired through the years for community expansion. The boundaries of the district essentially include those portions of Roaring spring Borough which had been laid out for development by the early 1920s. This area encompasses 233 acres (0.94 km²) or 55 percent of the borough's area of 421 acres (1.70 km²). Since the district's period of significance extends to 1944, most of those buildings erected after the 1920s were built as infill within the areas already subdivided by the1920s. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The population was 2,392 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Altoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The largest segment of the building between 1865 and 1944 was constructed on 15 acre (810 m2) lots.


Roaring Spring is the primary city name, but also Bakers Summit, Roaring Spg are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. Roaring Spring was established around the Big Spring in Morrison's Cove, a clean and dependable water source vital to the operation of a paper mill. Prior to 1866, when the first paper mill was built, Roaring Spring had been a grist mill hamlet with a country store at the intersection of two rural roads that lead to the mill near the spring. By 1873, the borough contained about 170 lots and 50 buildings, which included the paper and grist mills, three churches, a company store, a schoolhouse, and one hotel. The village core remained the industrial, commercial and retailing core of the town until 1957 when the bypass of Main Street, PA Rt. 36, was built to the east of town through Taylor Township. Most of those buildings erected after the 1920s were built as infill within the areas already subdivided by the1920s. In the early 1960s, the Borough began to annex sections of adjacent Taylor Township, especially to theEast around the then new R t. 36 Bypass. The area encompasses 233 acres (0.94 km²) or 55 percent of the borough's area of 421 acres (1.70 km²). Most of the buildings are two-story, wood-frame single-family buildings situated on lots of 15 acres to 17 acres (580 m2 to 17 m2) in scale. The district contains a variety of 19th to 20th century building styles and styles including Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, and Colonial Revival.


Roaring Spring is located at 40°2004N 78°2355W. The borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land. The town features a natural spring, which empties out into a pond, known to locals as the Spring Dam. The Spring Dam also contains many large fish. The water is very clear, allowing visitors to see all the way to the bottom of the pond. It is located in the borough of Roaring Spring, New Jersey, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The population of the borough was 1,071 at the 2010 census. It has a population of 1,081. The Borough has a history of being called "Roaring Springs" since the 1800s. It was named after the town's founder, who was born in the town in 1858. The current mayor of the Borough is John Rector, who is also the former mayor of Roaring Spring. He was elected to a second term in 2010, and was re-elected to a third term in 2012. He is currently serving his fourth term in office, and has been in office since 2008. He has served in the New Jersey House of Representatives since 2007, and is a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Council (RNC) since 2010. He also served as mayor from 2003 to 2007. He served a term as mayor in the 1990s, when he was elected again.


Roaring Spring is home to the Spring Cove School District administration offices. The district serves Taylor, Freedom, Huston, and N. Woodbury Townships as well as the towns of Roaring Spring and Martinsburg. The school district consists of two elementary Schools (Spring Cove Elementary and Martin'sburg Elementary) and Spring Cove Middle School and Central High School. The district web site is


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,418 people, 1,019 households, and 706 families residing in the borough. In the 2005 population estimate, Roaring Spring had a total population of 2,309, a 4.5% decrease from the 2000 census. The median income for a household in the Borough was $35,329, and the median family income was $42,370. The per capita income for the borough was $17,972. About 8.0% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0 per cent of those under age 18 and 9.5 percent of those age 65 or over. The borough is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to New Jersey. It is the only borough in New Jersey that is not part of the New York City subway system. The town's name is derived from the word "roaring" which means "spring" or "sprinkling" in English. It was also known as "Roaring Spring" in the 19th century, when the area was known as the "Spring Valley" area. The name is still used to refer to the town today, but it is no longer known as that of the original "Spring Spring" town. The city's name was taken from the Spring Spring River, which flows through the center of the town and was once a popular tourist destination. The river was once known as a source of water for the town.

Notes and references

The population peaked at mid-century at just over 3,000; since then it has declined by nearly 20 percent [2000 U.S. Census]. The source of Roaring Spring is believed to be an underground limestone lake deep beneath Morrisons Cove. The spring supplies a steady eight million gallons of water every 24 hours at a temperature of 50 degrees. The stream has been engineered into a quiet controlled cascade feeding a duck pond with fountain, the centerpiece of the town park. The first paper mill in the immediate region was established in 1795 just across the county line in Huntingdon at Laurel Springs near Birmingham. This operation continued for about 50 years producing a heavy rag paper for early local newspapers and other documents. Indian mounds also once stood at the present site of Bare Memorial Park at Grove and Locust Streets. The company has been part of Appleton Papers Inc., producing carbonless paper. Since 1971, the mill was producing over 200 tons of paper a day by the late 1980s. This family controlled company still operates out of its original site in addition to a more modern plant in Martinsburg, PA. In 1868, Bare was Postmaster when he sponsored the name change of the post office from Spang's Mill to Roaring spring, despite local nominations for "Baretown." Excavations in 1889 for the foundation of the Church of God at East Main, Church and Spang Streets, uncovered an aboriginal burial ground. In 1920, the Rockhill Iron Company of D.C. and Wooddale, Pennsylvania, founded the Rock Hill Iron Company.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania = 72.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 92. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 81. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Roaring Spring = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 6,531 individuals with a median age of 39.8 age the population dropped by -7.32% in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,961.49 residents per square mile of area (1,143.23/km²). There are average 2.31 people per household in the 969 households with an average household income of $46,496 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.30% of the available work force and has dropped -4.35% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.00%. The number of physicians in Roaring Spring per 100,000 population = 247.8.


The annual rainfall in Roaring Spring = 36.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 38 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 132. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 190. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 19.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 58, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania which are owned by the occupant = 65.11%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 16.3 years with median home cost = $99,300 and home appreciation of 3.47%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.71 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,398 per student. There are 15 students for each teacher in the school, 636 students for each Librarian and 477 students for each Counselor. 8.66% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 13.81% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.52% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Roaring Spring's population in Blair County, Pennsylvania of 1,344 residents in 1900 has increased 4,86-fold to 6,531 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.83% female residents and 48.17% male residents live in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania.

    As of 2020 in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania are married and the remaining 40.27% are single population.

  • 20.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Roaring Spring require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.96% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.85% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 1.77% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania, 65.11% are owner-occupied homes, another 27.00% are rented apartments, and the remaining 7.89% are vacant.

  • The 53.21% of the population in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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