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Sandy Ridge is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 407 at the 2010 census. It neighbors Retort
Sandy Ridge is located in Pennsylvania, at 40°48′43″N 78°13′56″W (40.811904, -78.232142), southwest of the center of Rush Township. It sits at an elevation of 1,800 to 1,950 feet (550 to 590 m), 3 miles (5 km) northwest of the physical Sandy Ridge, the 2,500-foot-high (760 m) local expression of the Allegheny Front.
Pennsylvania Route 970 passes through the community, leading northwest 4 miles (6 km) to Osceola Mills on Moshannon Creek in Clearfield County. Pennsylvania Route 350 forms the eastern edge of the community, leading north 6 miles (10 km) to Philipsburg (also on Moshannon Creek) and south over the Allegheny Front 9 miles (14 km) to Interstate 99 at Bald Eagle.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Sandy Ridge CDP has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.65 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 407 people, 170 households, and 129 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 620.1 people per square mile (239.4/km²). There were 194 housing units at an average density of 295.6/sq mi (114.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.8% White and 0.2% other.