Vanderbilt is a borough in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, The United States of America. The population was 553 at the 2000 census. The town is named for the railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. It is served by the Connellsville Area School District.
Vanderbilt is the site of a mine fire, although it has not been as destructive as the one in, Central Pennsylvania, and has little impact on the small town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 553 people, 222 households, and 150 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,995.9 people per square mile (1,186.2/km²). There were 234 housing units at an average density of 1,267.7/sq mi (501.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.56% White and 3.44% African American.
There were 222 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% 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 borough the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $39,306. Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,045. About 9.4% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.
Community Vision Statement
In 2020, Vanderbilt will be a united community. One of safety, respect and value driven. We believe that by working together we can create a quality of life for all to enjoy and watch our community grow.
Projects from Meeting 10/8/09.
- We need to develop a Vanderbilt Garden Club. (Agriculture)
- We need to develop programs in the Vanderbilt Area that would help small farmers to sell there farm product locally. (Agriculture)
- We need to focus on cleaning up the downtown areas in Vanderbilt and Dawson and the county should look at ways to develop incentive program for all downtown areas to clean up there streets also. (Community Development)
- We need the County to look at way that we can access solar/wind energy for the use in our homes. (Energy)
Community Meeting, October 8, 2009
- We need a garden club in Vanderbit. (Agriculture)
- Clean up downtown area/infrastructue/sidewalks/roads,etc. (Countywide)
- Solar/wind power expansion needed (Energy/Countywide)
- We need more recycling centers available. (Environment)
- More family type recreation areas, parks/zoo, etc. (Arts & Culture)
- After school tutoring needed in Dawson & Vanderbilt areas. (Education)
- A focus on child nutrition. (Education)
- Drug and Alcohol Problems (Social Conditions)
- We need Neighborhood Watch Programs in Dawson & Vanderbilt areas.) (Social Conditions)
- Connect the Hike/Bike Trail from Vanderbilt to Dickerson Run/Vanderbilt. (Recreation)
- Add Walking Trail at the playground in Vanderbilt. (Recreation)
- We need organized playground summer activities for Vanderbilt. (Recreation)
- We need education assistance for Adult College Classes in Dawson & Vanderbilt areas. (Workforce Development)
- Lack of community involvement of absentee Land Lords and respect for others property and the appearance.(Housing)
- Include Job Placement – Dawson & Vanderbilt. (Workforce Development)
- Need Student IEP & Graduates no working to introduce Military Training. (There is a cycle of doing nothing with the graduates SSI Programs). (Countywide Projects)
- Take a deeper look at “Generation’Welfare Cycle” to change. (Countywide)
- Focus on the needs of the Elderly population. (Countywide)
- Would like to see the community grow. (Community Development)
- We have a need for more younger people to be involved. (Social Conditions)
- See the walking trail extended and wants the playgrounds modernized to give the youth somewhere safe to play. (Community Development)
- Would like to see funds come into the tri-town area to beautify and attract small businesses into the community. (Economic Development)
- A better tax base to survive (would trickle down to less crime). (Economic Development)
- Would like to see more community spirit. (Community Development)
- A stronger police force watching out for everyone, particularly the elderly. (Local Government)
- Main concern for community centers around law enforcement. (Local Government)
- More police and something for kids to do and reduce the crime stats. (Local Government)
- Would like to see a change in the police force in Dawson. (Local Government)
- Start with the youth (education, recreation, something to build their self esteem, so that they grow up and make things better). (Social Conditions)
- Our children NEED direction. (Social Conditions)
- There are empty buildings, empty parking lots and there is no work available. (Economic Development)
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