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Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Westmoreland County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of USA PA
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1773
Seat Greensburg
Largest city Greensburg
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,036 sq mi (2,683 km²)
1,025 sq mi (2,655 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 1.05%
 - (2010)
 - Density

356/sq mi (137.5/km²)

Westmoreland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It was founded on February 26, 1773, and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania west of the Allegheny Mountains. Westmoreland County originally included the present-day counties of Fayette, Washington, Greene, and parts of Beaver, Allegheny, Indiana, and Armstrong counties. At the 2010 census, the population was 365,169. The county seat is Greensburg.[1] It is wholly part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area, while north-eastern Westmoreland County borders the Johnstown Metro Area. A major coal strike occurred in the county in the winter of 1910–1911.

Politics and governmentEdit

As of November 2008, there are 249,147 registered voters in Westmoreland County [2]

The Democratic Party has been historically dominant in county-level and national politics and continues to hold the commissioner majority and all county row offices, however Westmoreland has trended Republican at the national and statewide levels. In 2000, Republican George W. Bush won 51% and Democrat Al Gore won 45%. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won 56% and Democrat John Kerry won 43%. In 2008, Republican John McCain won 57% to Democrat Barack Obama's 41%. Governor Ed Rendell lost Westmoreland in both 2002 and 2006. In 2008 Republican Tim Krieger picked up the 57th House district left open by the retirement of Democrat Tom Tangretti. In 2010, both Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett won Westmoreland in their statewide bids. Also the GOP gained control of two more State House districts, the 54th with Eli Evankovich and the 56th with George Dunbar.

Presidential election results since 1960Edit

2008 John McCain 102,294 (57.6%) Barack Obama 72,721 (41.0%)

2004 George W. Bush 100,087 (56.0%) John Kerry 77,774 (43.5%)

2000 George W. Bush 80,858 (52.0%) Al Gore 71,792 (46.2%)

1996 Bill Clinton 63,686 (44.2%) Bob Dole 62,058 (43.1%)

1992 Bill Clinton 69,817 (45.0%) George H. W. Bush 47,315 (30.5%)

1988 Michael Dukakis 76,710 (55.1%) George H. W. Bush 61,472 (44.1%)

1984 Walter Mondale 79,906 (52.4%) Ronald Reagan 71,377 (46.8%)

1980 Jimmy Carter 68,627 (49.2%) Ronald Reagan 63,140 (45.6%)

1976 Jimmy Carter 74,217 (54.5%) Gerald Ford 59,172 (43.5%)

1972 Richard Nixon 75,085 (54.6%) George McGovern 59,322 (43.1%)

1968 Hubert Humphrey 81,833 (55.0%) Richard Nixon 52,206 (35.1%)

1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 107,131 (71.7%) Barry Goldwater 41,493 (27.8%)

1960 John F. Kennedy 85,641 (55.3%) Richard Nixon 68,825 (44.4%)

County commissionersEdit

  • Tom Balya (elected), Democrat
  • Ted Kopas (appointed), Democrat
  • Charles Anderson (appointed), Republican

Other county officialsEdit

  • Clerk of Courts, Bryan Kline, Republican
  • Controller, Carmen Pedicone, Democrat
  • Coroner, Kenneth Bacha, Democrat
  • District Attorney, John Peck, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Christina O'Brien, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Tom Murphy, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Earl S. Keim II, Democrat
  • Sheriff, Chris Scherer, Democrat (Resigned to become Judge, appointment for successor is still pending)
  • Treasurer, Kathalyn O'Brien, Democrat

Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesEdit

District Representative Party
25 Joseph Markosek Democrat
52 Deberah Kula Democrat
54 Eli Evankovich Republican
55 Joseph A. Petrarca Democrat
56 George Dunbar Republican
57 Tim Krieger Republican
58 R. Ted Harhai Democrat
59 Mike Reese Republican

Pennsylvania State SenateEdit

District Senator Party
32 Rich Kasunic Democrat
38 Jim Ferlo Democrat
39 Kim Ward Republican
41 Donald C. White Republican
45 Sean Logan Democrat
46 J. Barry Stout Democrat

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

District Representative Party
4 Jason Altmire Democrat
12 Mark Critz Democrat
18 Tim Murphy Republican

United States SenateEdit

Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,036 square miles (2,684 km²), of which 1,025 square miles (2,656 km²) is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) (1.05%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 16,019
1800 22,726 41.9%
1810 26,392 16.1%
1820 30,540 15.7%
1830 38,400 25.7%
1840 42,699 11.2%
1850 51,726 21.1%
1860 53,736 3.9%
1870 58,719 9.3%
1880 78,036 32.9%
1890 112,819 44.6%
1900 160,175 42.0%
1910 231,304 44.4%
1920 273,568 18.3%
1930 294,995 7.8%
1940 303,411 2.9%
1950 313,179 3.2%
1960 352,629 12.6%
1970 376,935 6.9%
1980 392,294 4.1%
1990 370,321 −5.6%
2000 369,993 −0.1%
2010 365,169 −1.3%

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 365,169 people, 149,813 households, and 104,569 families residing in the county. The population density was 361 people per square mile (139/km²). There were 161,058 housing units at an average density of 157 per square mile (61/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of German, 18.5% Italian, 9.7% Irish, 8.9% Polish, 6.7% English, 5.2% Slovak and 5.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 149,813 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.


Map of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County:




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.


Public school districtsEdit

Map of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania School Districts

Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Private high schoolEdit

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Notable residentsEdit

See also: Category:People from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania



Autumn on a small state road near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Laurel Mountains.

There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Westmoreland County.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Britannica
  2. ^ [1].
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  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 40°19′N 79°28′W / 40.31, -79.47

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