Fandom

Familypedia

Columbia County, Pennsylvania

215,769pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Main Births etc
This article is based on the corresponding article in another wiki. For Familypedia purposes, it requires significantly more historical detail on phases of this location's development. The ideal article for a place will give the reader a feel for what it was like to live at that location at the time their relatives were alive there. Also desirable are links to organizations that may be repositories of genealogical information..
Please help to improve this page yourself if you can.


Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Columbia County, Pennsylvania court house
The Columbia County courthouse in Bloomsburg
Seal of Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Columbia County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of USA PA
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 22, 1813
Named for Christopher Columbus
Seat Bloomsburg
Largest town Bloomsburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

490 sq mi (1,269 km²)
486 sq mi (1,259 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 0.87%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

67,295
138/sq mi (53.4/km²)
Congressional district 11th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.columbiapa.org

Columbia County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,295.[1] Its county seat is Bloomsburg.[2] The county was created on March 22, 1813, from part of Northumberland County and named for Columbia, a poetic name for the United States that alludes to Christopher Columbus.

Columbia County is part of the Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area and also the much larger Bloomsburg-Berwick-Sunbury, PA Combined Statistical Area.

GeographyEdit

View of northern Columbia County, Pennsylvania from Kramer Hill Road 3

View of northern Columbia County, Pennsylvania from Kramer Hill Road in Fishing Creek Township. On the horizon (about 8-10 miles away) is North Mountain. The borough of Benton is in the center of the picture.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 490 square miles (1,269.1 km2), of which 486 square miles (1,258.7 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.87%) is water.[3] The southern tip of Columbia County is part of the Coal Region. The area of the county from the Susquehanna River south to several miles south of Numidia is mostly farmland and state game lands. Around the Susquehanna River, there are several communities, such as Bloomsburg and Catawissa. From the Susquehanna River north as far as Waller, the county is mostly farmland with several patches of forest. North of Waller, the county is mostly state game lands and mountains.[4]

The major streams in Columbia County are the Susquehanna River, Fishing Creek, Briar Creek, Catawissa Creek, and Roaring Creek.[4]

Columbia County is served by Pennsylvania Route 93, Pennsylvania Route 118, Pennsylvania Route 42, U.S. Route 11, Interstate 80, and several other state highways.[4]

Adjacent countiesEdit

State ParkEdit

Part of Ricketts Glen State Park is in the northern portion of Columbia County.[5]

Mountains[6][7]Edit

Note: Only mountains higher than 1,500 feet (460 m) are listed

Name Height Image
Red Rock Mountain 2,365 feet (721 m) Red rock mountain
Central Mountain 2,247 feet (685 m)
Chimneystack Rock 2,244 feet (684 m)
Buck Mountain 1,942 feet (592 m) Buck Mountain from Buck Mountain Road
Catawissa Mountain 1,873 feet (571 m) Northwestern edge of Catawissa Mountain
Big Mountain 1,811 feet (552 m)
Knob Mountain 1,752 feet (534 m) Knob Mountain from the southwest 2
Nescopeck Mountain 1,604 feet (489 m) Nescopeck Mountain 1
Lee Mountain 1,594 feet (486 m) Lee Mountain in Briar Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
McCauley Mountain 1,571 feet (479 m) McCauley Mountain 2

Metropolitan and Combined Statistical AreaEdit

The United States Office of Management and Budget[8] has designated Columbia County as the Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census[9] the metropolitan area ranked 20th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 368th most populous in the United States with a population of 82,562. Columbia County is also a part of the larger Bloomsburg-Berwick-Sunbury, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), which combines the populations of Columbia County as well as Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties in Pennsylvania. The Combined Statistical Area ranked 8th in the State of Pennsylvania and 115th most populous in the United States with a population of 264,739.

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 17,621
1830 20,059 13.8%
1840 24,267 21.0%
1850 17,710 −27.0%
1860 25,065 41.5%
1870 28,766 14.8%
1880 32,409 12.7%
1890 36,832 13.6%
1900 39,896 8.3%
1910 48,467 21.5%
1920 48,349 −0.2%
1930 48,803 0.9%
1940 51,413 5.3%
1950 53,460 4.0%
1960 53,489 0.1%
1970 55,114 3.0%
1980 61,967 12.4%
1990 63,202 2.0%
2000 64,148 1.5%
2010 67,295 4.9%
Est. 2012 66,887 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 64,151 people, 24,915 households, and 16,568 families residing in the county. The population density was 132 people per square mile (51/km²). There were 27,733 housing units at an average density of 57 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.59% White, 0.80% Black or African-American, 0.15% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.2% were of German, 10.0% American, 9.4% Irish, 8.1% Italian, 6.7% Polish and 6.2% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 24,915 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.

MunicipalitiesEdit

Map of Columbia County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Towns 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 town, boroughs and townships are located in Columbia County:

TownEdit

BoroughsEdit

TownshipsEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

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.

Unincorporated CommunitiesEdit

EducationEdit

Map of Columbia County Pennsylvania School Districts

Map of Columbia County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Public school districtsEdit

Public Vo-Tech schoolsEdit

Charter schoolEdit

Private schoolsEdit

  • Bald Hill School - Millville
  • Bloomsburg Christian School - Bloomsburg
  • Bloomsburg University Special Education Institute
  • Columbia Co Christian School - Bloomsburg
  • Greenwood Friends School - Millville
  • Heritage Christian Academy - Berwick
  • Holy Family Consolidate - Berwick
  • Keystone National High School - Bloomsburg
  • New Story - Berwick
  • Pennsylvania Institute For Conservation Education - Bloomsburg
  • Rainbow Hill School - Benton
  • St Columba School - Bloomsburg
  • Saint Matthews - Bloomsburg
  • Turkey Ridge School - Bloomsburg

LibrariesEdit

  • Bloomsburg Public Library
  • Columbia County Traveling Library
  • McBride Memorial Library
  • Orangeville Public Library

Politics and governmentEdit

As of November 2011, there are 41,026 registered voters in Columbia County.[12]

While the county registration tends to be evenly matched between Democrats and Republicans, the county trends Republican in statewide elections. While John McCain received 51.6% of its vote to 47.1% for Barack Obama, this was a far-closer margin than the 20 points that George W. Bush carried it by in 2004. Each of the three row-office statewide winners carried Columbia in 2008. In 2006, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. received 51% of its vote when he unseated incumbent Republican US Senator Rick Santorum and Ed Rendell received 50.6% of the vote against Lynn Swann.

For many years Columbia County was represented in the State House by a conservative Democrat in the 109th district until John Gordner changed parties to Republican in 2001. He was elected to the State Senate in 2003 and succeeded by Republican David R. Millard. Columbia is in the 27th Senate district and 11th Congressional district.

County commissionersEdit

  • David Kovach, Democrat
  • Rich Ridgway, Republican
  • Chris Young, Republican

Other county officialsEdit

  • Chief Clerk, Gail Kipp, Democrat
  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Tami B. Kline, Republican
  • Coroner, Lori Masteller, Republican
  • Judge, Gary Norton, Republican
  • Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Beverly Michael, Democrat
  • Sheriff, Tim Chamberlain, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Shirley Turner, Republican

Pennsylvania State SenateEdit

District Senator Party
27 John Gordner Republican

Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesEdit

District Representative Party
107 Kurt Masser Republican
109 David R. Millard Republican
117 Karen Boback Republican

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

District Representative Party
11 Lou Barletta Republican Party

United States SenateEdit

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Commons-logo
Wikimedia Commons has media related to:

Coordinates: 41°03′N 76°24′W / 41.05, -76.40


This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Columbia County, Pennsylvania. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki