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Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
Clearfield County Courthouse Apr 10
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clearfield County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of USA PA
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 26, 1804
Seat Clearfield
Largest city DuBois
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,154 sq mi (2,989 km²)
1,147 sq mi (2,971 km²)
, 0.56%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

81,642
71/sq mi (27.4/km²)
Website www.clearfieldco.org

Clearfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2010, the population was 81,642.

Clearfield County was created on March 26, 1804, from parts of Huntingdon and Lycoming Counties but was administered as part of Centre County until 1812. Its county seat is Clearfield[1].

Law and GovernmentEdit

As of November 2008, there are 51,471 registered voters in Clearfield County.[2]

While the county registration tends to be evenly matched between Democrats and Republicans, the county trends Republican in statewide elections. In 2006, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. received 55% of its vote when he unseated incumbent Republican US Senator Rick Santorum and Ed Rendell received 50.2% of the vote against Lynn Swann. Each of the three row-office statewide winners carried Clearfield in 2008.

County commissionersEdit

  • John Sobel, Republican
  • Joan McMillen, Republican
  • Mark McCracken, Democrat

Other county officesEdit

  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, William A. Shaw, Democrat
  • Controller, Antonio Scotto, Republican
  • District Attorney, William A. Shaw Jr., Democrat
  • Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Maurene Inlow, Republican
  • Sheriff, Chester Hawkins, Republican
  • Treasurer, Carol Fox, Democrat

Pennsylvania State SenateEdit

District Senator Party
25 Joseph B. Scarnati Republican
35 John N. Wozniak Democrat
41 Donald C. White Republican

Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesEdit

District Representative Party
74 Camille "Bud" George Democrat
75 Matt Gabler Republican

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

District Representative Party
5 Glenn "G.T." Thompson Republican
9 Bill Shuster Republican

United States SenateEdit

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,988 square kilometers (1,154 sq mi). 2,972 km2 (1,147 sq mi) of it is land and 17 km2 (7 sq mi) of it (0.56%) is water.

The mountainous terrain of the county made traffic difficult for early settlers. Various Native American paths and trails crossing the area were used intermittently by settlers, invading armies, and escaped slaves travelling north along the Underground Railroad. A major feature located in Bloom Township, Pennsylvania within the county is known as Bilger's rocks and exhibits fine examples of exposed sandstone bedrock that was created during the formation of the Appalachian Mountains.

Adjacent countiesEdit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 875
1820 2,342 167.7%
1830 4,803 105.1%
1840 7,834 63.1%
1850 12,586 60.7%
1860 18,759 49.0%
1870 25,741 37.2%
1880 43,408 68.6%
1890 69,565 60.3%
1900 80,614 15.9%
1910 93,768 16.3%
1920 103,236 10.1%
1930 86,727 −16.0%
1940 92,094 6.2%
1950 85,957 −6.7%
1960 81,534 −5.1%
1970 74,619 −8.5%
1980 83,578 12.0%
1990 78,097 −6.6%
2000 83,380 6.8%
2010 81,642 −2.1%
[3][4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 83,382 people, 32,785 households, and 22,916 families residing in the county. The population density was 73 people per square mile (28/km2). There were 37,855 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.40% White, 1.49% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.9% were of German, 13.6% American, 10.2% English, 9.9% Irish, 9.1% Italian and 6.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 32,785 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

Municipalities Edit

Map of Clearfield County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels, showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Clearfield County:

Cities Edit

Boroughs Edit

Townships Edit

Census-designated places Edit

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Recreation Edit

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Clearfield County.

Clearfield County is also home to the largest wild area in Pennsylvania, the Quehanna Wild Area. A culturally and historically significant natural formation of massive sandstone megaliths can be found at Bilger's rocks.

Education Edit

Colleges and universities Edit

Map of Clearfield County Pennsylvania School Districts

Map of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges Edit

Public School Districts Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.dos.state.pa.us/elections/lib/elections/055_voter_registration_statistics/currentstats/currentvotestats.xls
  3. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov
  4. ^ http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu/
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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