Vintondale was founded by Warren Delano, maternal uncle of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was a property owner and mayor of the town.
Vintondale is located on the western border of Cambria County at along the South Branch of Blacklick Creek. It is at the approximate midpoint of the Ghost Town Trail, a rail trail extending through Cambria and Indiana counties.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Vintondale has a total area of 0.49 square miles (1.26 km2), of which 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 3.49%, is water.
Vintondale is the home of Litmus Gardens, an environmental art project.
As of the census of 2000, there were 528 people, 210 households, and 145 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,143.7 people per square mile (443.2/km²). There were 231 housing units at an average density of 500.4 per square mile (193.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.
There were 210 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $22,386, and the median income for a family was $34,688. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $11,908 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $11,689. About 9.4% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.