Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
|Armstrong County, Pennsylvania|
Armstrong County Courthouse
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 12, 1800|
|Named for||John Armstrong|
|• Total||664 sq mi (1,720 km2)|
|• Land||653 sq mi (1,691 km2)|
|• Water||11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.58%|
|• Density||105/sq mi (40.7/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Designated||October 15, 1982|
Armstrong County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 68,941. The county seat is Kittanning. The county was organized on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Lycoming Counties. It was named in honor of John Armstrong, who represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress and served as a major general during the Revolutionary War.
Armstrong County is included in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the much larger Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV Combined Statistical Area.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Politics
- 5 Municipalities
- 6 Education
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The County was named after John Armstrong, who served as a brigadier general and major general in the Revolutionary War.
Armstrong County is home to the City of Parker, an incorporated third-class city, which was an oil boom town with a population rumored to be approximately 20,000 in 1873, but now is the "Smallest City in America" with a population of just under 800. Parker is located in the extreme northwest portion of the county.
Iron was made in the Brady's Bend area of the county twenty years before there was a foundry in Pittsburgh doing so. Ford City is home to the plate-glass industry, as John Ford created the company which later became Pittsburgh Plate Glass.
Kittanning once boasted more millionnaires than anywhere else in Pennsylvania during the 1880s.
Leechburg was the first place in the United States to use natural gas for metallurgical purposes, in 1869. Natural gas was found while drilling for oil, and eventually introduced into the boilers and furnaces of Siberian Iron Works here.
Freeport, Leechburg and Apollo were communities built along the Pennsylvania Canal, which passed through on the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas rivers, at the southern border of the county.
The Allegheny and Kiskiminetas rivers; Buffalo, Crooked, Cowanshannock, Redbank, and Mahoning creeks; and Carnahan Run, among others, have watersheds within the county. The Murphy, Nicholson, Ross, and Cogley islands are in the Allegheny in Armstrong County.
- Clarion County (north)
- Jefferson County (northeast)
- Indiana County (east)
- Westmoreland County (south)
- Allegheny County (southwest)
- Butler County (west)
- Venango County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 72,392 people, 29,005 households, and 20,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 111 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 32,387 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.6% were of German, 10.8% Italian, 9.3% Irish, 8.7% American, 7.4% English and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 29,005 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.
As of November 2008, there were 45,532 registered voters in Armstrong County.
- David K. Battaglia (Republican), Chairman
- Robert T. Bower, Vice-Chairman
- Richard L. Fink, Secretary
- Scott J. Andreassi (Democrat)
- Bill Rupert (Democrat)
- Myra "Tammy" Miller (Republican)
- Amanda Hiles
Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds:
- Marianne Hileman (Republican)
Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts:
- Brenda C. George (Republican)
- Karen Shreckengost (Republican)
- Patricia Graff Fiorina (Democrat)
- Kenneth G. Valasek, President Judge (Democrat)
- James Panchik (Democrat)
- Joseph A. Nickleach, Sr. Judge (Democrat)
Pennsylvania State Senate
- Jim Ferlo, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 38th Senatorial District
- Donald C. White, Republican, Pennsylvania's 41st Senatorial District
Pennsylvania House Of Representatives
- Eli Evankovich, Republican, Pennsylvania's 54th Representative District
- Jeff Pyle, Republican, Pennsylvania's 60th Representative District
- Joseph A. Petrarca, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 55th Representative District
- Donna Oberlander, Republican, Pennsylvania's 63rd Representative District
- Sam Smith, Republican, Pennsylvania's 66th Representative District
United States House of Representatives
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 Armstrong County:
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.
- Barnard (historic community)
County Population Ranking
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
Colleges and universities
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania Northpointe - South Buffalo Township
Public school districts
- Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District (part) - ranked 415th (2012), 448th in 2010
- Apollo-Ridge School District (part) - ranked 406 (2012), 437th (2010)
- Armstrong School District (part, 3 high schools) - ranked 342nd (2012), 328th in 2010
- Freeport Area School District (part) - ranked 148th (2012), 124th in 2010
- Karns City Area School District (part) - ranked 193rd (2012), 177th in 2010
- Kiski Area School District (part) - ranked 96th (2012), 101st in 2010
- Leechburg Area School District (part) - ranked 416th (2012), 400th in 2010
- Redbank Valley School District (part) - ranked 298th (2012), 279th in 2010
The 498 school districts of Pennsylvania, that have high schools, were ranked for student academic achievement as demonstrated by four years of writing, science math and reading PSSA results by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2010.
- Lenape Technology School - Ford City
As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education - EdNA. April 2012.
- Adelphoi Village Miller Home - Apollo
- Divine Redeemer School - Ford City
- Dry Knob Amish School - Smicksburg
- Evangelical Lutheran School - Worthington
- Grace Christian School - Kittanning
- Meadow View School - Dayton
- Model Education Program - Kittanning
- New Bethlehem Wesleyan Methodist School - New Bethlehem
- Orchard Hills Christian Academy - Apollo
- Owl Hollow Amish School - Smicksburg
- Shady Lane Amish School - Smicksburg
- Shady Run Amish School - Smicksburg
- Stony Acres Amish School - Smicksburg
- Stony Flat Amish School - Smicksburg
- United Cerebral Palsy Of Western Pennsylvania - Spring Church
- Whippoorwill School - Smicksburg
- Worthington Baptist Christian School - Worthington
- Apollo Memorial Library - Apollo, PA
- Ford City Public Library - Ford City, PA
- Freeport Area Library - Freeport, PA
- Kittanning Public Library - Kittanning, PA
- Leechburg Public Library - Leechburg, PA
- Worthington West Franklin Community Library - Worthington, PA
- List of counties in Pennsylvania
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
- "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
- Armstrong Libraries. Armstrong Libraries. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
- Freeport Area Library Association - Home. Freeportlibrary.org (2013-07-12). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
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