Blair County, Pennsylvania

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Blair County, Pennsylvania
Blair County Courthouse Apr 10.JPG
Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg
Seal of Blair County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1846
Seat Hollidaysburg
Largest city Altoona
Area
 • Total 527 sq mi (1,365 km2)
 • Land 526 sq mi (1,362 km2)
 • Water 1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.25%
Population
 • (2010) 127,089
 • Density 242/sq mi (93.3/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.blairco.org

Blair County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2010, the population was 127,089.[1] Its county seat is Hollidaysburg.[2] The county was created on February 26, 1846, from parts of Huntingdon and Bedford Counties.

Blair County comprises the Altoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Law and government[edit]

County commissioners[edit]

  • Terry Tomassetti, Chair, Republican
  • Diane Meling, Vice-chair, Republican
  • Ted Beam, Secretary, Democrat

Other county offices[edit]

  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Carol Newman, Republican
  • Controller, Richard Peo, Republican
  • Coroner, Patricia Ross, Republican
  • District Attorney, Richard Consiglio, Republican
  • Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Mary Ann Bennis, Republican
  • Sheriff, Mitch Cooper, Republican
  • Treasurer, James Carothers, Republican

Pennsylvania State Senate[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

Politics[edit]

As of November 2014, there are 84,077 registered voters in Blair County.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,364.9 km2), of which 526 square miles (1,362.3 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.25%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Significant Topographic Features[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 21,777
1860 27,829 27.8%
1870 38,051 36.7%
1880 52,740 38.6%
1890 70,866 34.4%
1900 85,099 20.1%
1910 108,858 27.9%
1920 128,334 17.9%
1930 139,840 9.0%
1940 140,358 0.4%
1950 139,519 −0.6%
1960 137,270 −1.6%
1970 135,356 −1.4%
1980 136,621 0.9%
1990 130,542 −4.4%
2000 129,144 −1.1%
2010 127,089 −1.6%
Est. 2012 127,121 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 127,089 people and 52,159 households within the county. The population density was 246 people per square mile (95/km²). There were 55,061 housing units at an average density of 105 per square mile (40/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White, 1.68% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.0% were of German, 12.2% Irish, 10.7% Italian, 9.9% American and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 52,159 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 27.80% 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 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 19, 5.9% from 20 to 24, 11.1% from 25 to 34, 19.3% from 35 to 49, 21.4% from 50 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. The population was 48.55% male, and 51.45% female.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Blair 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 Blair County:

City[edit]

Altoona has a population of 46,148 as of July 1, 2012.

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.

County Population Ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Blair County.[7]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Altoona 46,320 City 1854 (borough) 1868 (city)
2 Hollidaysburg 5,791 Borough 1836
3 Tyrone 5,477 Borough 1857
4 Bellwood 3,564 Borough 1898
5 Roaring Spring 2,585 Borough 1888
6 Greenwood 2,458 CDP
7 Martinsburg 1,958 Borough 1832
8 Lakemont 1,868 CDP
9 Claysburg 1,625 CDP
10 Williamsburg 1,254 Borough 1827
11 Duncansville 1,233 Borough 1891
12 Tipton 1,083 CDP
13 East Freedom 972 CDP
14 Foot of Ten 672 CDP
15 Grazierville 665 CDP
16 Tunnelhill (mostly in Cambria County) 363 Borough 1876
17 Northwood 296 CDP
18 Newry 270 Borough 1876

Education[edit]

Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities[edit]

Penn State Altoona

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges[edit]

Public School Districts[edit]

Charter schools[edit]

  • Agora Cyber Charter School
  • Central PA Digital Learning Foundation Charter School grades K-12. Altoona.
  • There are 17 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available statewide for free, to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.[8]

VoTech school[edit]

  • Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center - Altoona

Private schools[edit]

Data taken from Pennsylvania EdNA - PDE database of public private schools 2012

Libraries[edit]

  • Altoona Area Pub Library Media Center - Altoona
  • Altoona Area Public Library - Altoona
  • Bellwood Antis Public Library - Bellwood
  • Blair County Library System - Altoona
  • Claysburg Area Public Library Inc - Claysburg
  • Hollidaysburg Area Public Library - Hollidaysburg
  • Martinsburg Community Library - Martinsburg
  • Roaring Spring Community Library - Roaring Spring
  • Tyrone-Snyder Twnshp Pub Library - Tyrone
  • Williamsburg Public Library - Williamsburg

Recreation[edit]

There is one Pennsylvania state park in Blair County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Voter Registration Statistics. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2014-11-04.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Charter Schools in Pennsylvania". Retrieved February 9, 2011. 

Coordinates: 40°28′N 78°21′W / 40.47°N 78.35°W / 40.47; -78.35