Shippenville, Pennsylvania

Shippenville is a small town located in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. With a population of just over 1,000 people, Shippenville is a tight-knit community that enjoys the peacefulness of rural life. Geographically, it is situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills. The climate in Shippenville is typical for this region, with hot summers and cold winters. Check ehangzhou for best time to travel to Pennsylvania.

The town was founded in 1832 by George Shippen, a wealthy landowner from Philadelphia. Since then, it has been home to generations of families who have stayed here for generations. Politically, the town leans heavily Republican; however, there are still some Democrats who live in Shippenville as well. Economically speaking, most residents are employed either directly or indirectly by the local industries that have grown up around the area such as logging and farming. In addition to these traditional industries there has been an influx of new businesses such as restaurants and retail stores that have helped to stimulate the economy.

When it comes to education, Shippenville has two schools within its borders: Shippenville Elementary School and Clarion University – Venango Campus. Both offer excellent educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through college level courses. Additionally, there are several private schools in the area that serve students from pre-K through 12th grade.

In terms of landmarks and attractions, there are plenty to choose from in Shippenville! Some popular places include Wolf Creek Park & Campground which offers camping areas with cabins and recreational activities like fishing; Wolf Run State Park which offers trails for hiking; Clarion River which offers canoeing opportunities; Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center which provides educational programs about native wildlife; and Allegheny National Forest where visitors can explore its vast wilderness areas full of lakes and streams perfect for fishing or boating activities.

Shippenville, Pennsylvania

Population: 505. Estimated population in July 2020: 483 (-4.4% change)
Males: 248 (49.1%), Females: 257 (50.9%)

Clarion County

Zip code: 16254

Median resident age: 40.5 years
Median household income: $31,667
Median house value: $63,300

Races in Shippenville:

  • White Non-Hispanic (98.4%)
  • Hispanic (0.6%)

Ancestries: German (35.6%), Irish (10.7%), English (7.9%), Italian (7.3%), United States (7.1%), Dutch (2.8%).

Elevation: 1388 feet

Land area: 0.4 square miles


Shippenville, Pennsylvania is a small borough located in Clarion County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,186. The borough is mostly rural and is home to a few small businesses. It has a total area of 0.7 square miles, all of which is land.

The cost of living in Shippenville is slightly lower than the national average due to its rural location and modest population size. Housing prices are relatively inexpensive with the median home value being $76,000 according to Zillow. The overall cost of groceries and other necessities are also lower than the national average due to its rural location and lack of competition from larger cities nearby.

The unemployment rate in Shippenville is slightly higher than the national average at 5%. However, there are many job opportunities available in Clarion County due to its proximity to larger cities such as Pittsburgh and Erie. There are also several manufacturing companies located within the county that provide employment for many residents in Shippenville as well as surrounding areas.

For population 25 years and over in Shippenville

  • High school or higher: 85.5%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 24.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Shippenville borough

  • Never married: 25.2%
  • Now married: 57.4%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 9.0%

1.4% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +31 (+6.5%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Shippenville:

  • CLARION HOSPITAL (about 8 miles; CLARION, PA)
  • CLARION PSYCH CNTR (about 8 miles; CLARION, PA)
  • UPMC NORTHWEST (about 29 miles; FRANKLIN, PA)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Shippenville:

  • VENANGO REGIONAL (about 28 miles; FRANKLIN, PA; Abbreviation: FKL)
  • DU BOIS-JEFFERSON COUNTY (about 41 miles; DU BOIS, PA; Abbreviation: DUJ)
  • CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY/JAMESTOWN (about 64 miles; JAMESTOWN, NY; Abbreviation: JHW)

Other public-use airports nearest to Shippenville:

  • CLARION COUNTY (about 4 miles; CLARION, PA; Abbreviation: AXQ)
  • TITUSVILLE (about 31 miles; TITUSVILLE, PA; Abbreviation: 6G1)
  • MC VILLE (about 37 miles; FREEPORT, PA; Abbreviation: P37)

Colleges and Universities

College/University in Shippenville:

  • CLARION COUNTY CAREER CENTER PRACTICAL NURS PROG (Full-time enrollment: 17; Location: 447 CAREER ROAD; Public; Website:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Shippenville:

  • CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (about 8 miles; CLARION, PA; Full-time enrollment: 5,690)
  • GROVE CITY COLLEGE (about 44 miles; GROVE CITY, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,306)
  • SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (about 44 miles; SLIPPERY ROCK, PA; Full-time enrollment: 6,399)
  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA-MAIN CAMPUS (about 48 miles; INDIANA, PA; Full-time enrollment: 12,307)
  • JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 60 miles; JAMESTOWN, NY; Full-time enrollment: 2,662)
  • CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (about 66 miles; PITTSBURGH, PA; Full-time enrollment: 7,903)
  • ART INSTITUTE PITTSBURGH (about 67 miles; PITTSBURGH, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,246)

Public primary/middle school in Shippenville: