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Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Shanksville is a borough located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the borough had a total population of 245.

It has become somewhat famous since the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack as it is located near the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93. A modest memorial to the victims and heroes of the attack is now hosted there.


\nShanksville is located at 40°1'2" North, 78°54'21" West (40.017182, -78.905891)1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²). 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 245 people, 96 households, and 69 families residing in the borough. The population density is 525.5/km² (1,391.9/mi²). There are 100 housing units at an average density of 214.5/km² (568.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 100.00% White, 0.00% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.00% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 96 households out of which 32.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% are married couples living together, 12.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% are non-families. 22.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 3.06. In the borough the population is spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.5 males. The median income for a household in the borough is $29,792, and the median income for a family is $40,833. Males have a median income of $25,250 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $14,500. 9.1% of the population and 4.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.7% are under the age of 18 and 12.5% are 65 or older.