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Fayette County, Pennsylvania


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Statistics & Facts

The Pennsylvania state capital is Harrisburg.
The population of Fairchance is approximately 2,083 (2006), 1975 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 932 (2000), 779 (2010).
The amount of land area in Fairchance is 3.107 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Fairchance is 1.21 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fairchance to Washington DC is 167 miles.
The distance to the Pennsylvania state capital is 160 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fairchance is positioned 39.82 degrees north of the equator and 79.75 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Fairchance per capita income is $ 14,021 (2000).
Fairchance median income is $ 30,600 (2005).
The Fairchance median home price is $ 87,600 (2005).


40 miles south of Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania, not far from the West Virginia border. Neighboring communities include: Brownfield, Smithfield, Leith-Hatfield, Hopwood, Uniontown, East Uniontown, Oliver, New Salem-Buffington and Masontown.
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History & History Related Items

The naming of Fairchance is interesting. In the early days of transportation if you made it from Smithfield to the borough by noon you had a "fair chance" of making it to Uniontown before dark. Hence, that's how Fairchance got its name.
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The incorporation of Fairchance

1889, March 7


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Fairchance City Government

Borough of Fairchance
125 West Church Street
Fairchance, Pa 15436
Boro: 724.564.9980
Police: 724.564.1430

Fairchance Police Department

Fairchance Historical Events

1905 - 1958
Fairchance Borough High School
The original High School of Fairchance, Borough Fairchance Pennsylvania existed between the years 1905 -1958. On Feb. 12, 1958 the High School was destroyed by fire, and the students were moved to the Son's of Italy Hall and the Windy Hill school, belonging to Georges Township for the remainder of the year. Fairchance-Georges District was formed the next year, and has since become the Albert-Gallatin School District.
The All-Class reunions for the students, 1905-1958 began with their first reunion on July 3, 1976, 536 in attendance.
The second in 1983, was a 3 day celebration June 17,18,19. 400 attendance.
The third in 1989 July 7,8,9. 500 in attendance.
The fourth 1993 June 25,26,27. 350+ attendance
And in 1997 July 4,5,6. Was our last reunion to date.

Fairchance High School's first class was graduated in 1905. Mr. Corpenning was the principal and later became superintendent of Fayette County schools. He was followed by Fred Ruble, Ray Minerd, and Mr. Deppa, followed by Quincy Vincent, H.V.Lucas and Anthony Moats, then Jacob Wentzel, and Leonard Bailey. Jesse Franks was the principal at the time of the fire in 1958.

The school became well known through the years for its operettas, three-act plays and minstrels. In the 1920s Chapel was held in the auditorium, consisting of reading the bible, prayer, flag salute and brief remarks from the principal.

The first kindergarten was begun in 1947 by the late Ellen Belle Hickle. The parent & teachers organization followed in 1948, and the first student council in 1949.

Inasmuch as it is impossible for us to retain in any part, the name Fairchance, we must admit that there could be no better name chosen than Albert Gallatin, historically speaking. We should all feel pride in the name when we recall how much this statesman (Albert Gallatin) contributed to our early development and helped in many ways to make this area what it is today.
Note: I do possess the teachers names and the students for each class that attended the school. Any one inquiring about these groups can receive this info through an Email to me

Fairchance High School
The Fairchance elementary is now known as the Alfred L. Wilson school. The name was changed by the school board in 1955. Alfred L. Wilson was the only Fayette County serviceman from World War II to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Alfred did not graduate because he left school to serve for his country.

Fairchance Schools

The students of Fairchance attend schools in the Albert Gallatin Area School District.
Albert Gallatin Area School District
2625 Morgantown Road
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: 724-564-7190 Fairchance


The population of Fairchance was:
1990 - 1,918
2000 - 2,174
2006 - 2,083
Median age:
2000 - 38.1 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 26,840
2005 - $ 30,600

Median house value:
2000 - $ 73,100
2005 - $ 87,600

Fairchance is in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time.

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