Welcome to New Stanton
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough of New Stanton has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), of which, 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.26%) is water. I-70 joins the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound towards Breezewood, Pennsylvania in New Stanton, and is a free highway westbound.
As of the census of 2000, there are 1,906 people, 870 households, and 508 families residing in the borough. The population density is 484.5 people per square mile (187.3/km²). There are 957 housing units at an average density of 243.3/sq mi (94.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough is 96.22% White, 1.89% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.52% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 870 households out of which 22.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% are married couples living together, 10.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% are non-families. 34.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.10 and the average family size is 2.72.
In the borough the population is spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough is $32,206, and the median income for a family is $38,981. Males have a median income of $33,487 versus $24,276 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $19,358. 12.7% of the population and 10.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.4% of those under the age of 18 and 3.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Volkswagen of America operated an assembly plant in neighboring East Huntingdon Twp. from 1978 to 1988. The facility produced the Volkswagen Rabbit, Rabbit truck, Golf, and Jetta. Originally built as a Chrysler factory in the 1960s, the unfinished building was well suited for the purpose of building cars. With the downturn of VW's sales in the USA, as well as unfavorable currency exchange rates, the plant was closed in 1988 after building a few 1989 model year cars. The facility was subsequently sold to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and remained dormant for a few years.
In 1990, Sony announced it would begin operations at the former VW site manufacturing televisions. The facility employed more than 3,000 people in the late 1990s, however that number has dwindled to just 250 in 2007. On December 9, 2008, the Governor of Pennsylvania announced that Sony planned to close the facility.