Beaver County, Pennsylvania

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Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Beaver County Courthouse, Pennsylvania.jpg
Beaver County Courthouse
Seal of Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Beaver County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 12, 1800
Seat Beaver
Largest city Aliquippa
Area
 • Total 444 sq mi (1,150 km2)
 • Land 434 sq mi (1,124 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 2.18%
Population
 • (2010) 170,539
 • Density 393/sq mi (151.7/km²)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.beavercountypa.gov

Beaver County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 170,539.[1] Its county seat is Beaver.[2] The county was created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties.[3]

Beaver County is part of the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the much larger Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150.0 km2), of which 434 square miles (1,124.1 km2) is land and 10 square miles (25.9 km2) (2.18%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 5,776
1810 12,168 110.7%
1820 15,340 26.1%
1830 24,183 57.6%
1840 29,368 21.4%
1850 26,689 −9.1%
1860 29,140 9.2%
1870 36,148 24.0%
1880 39,605 9.6%
1890 50,077 26.4%
1900 56,432 12.7%
1910 78,253 38.7%
1920 111,621 42.6%
1930 149,062 33.5%
1940 156,754 5.2%
1950 175,192 11.8%
1960 206,948 18.1%
1970 208,418 0.7%
1980 204,441 −1.9%
1990 186,093 −9.0%
2000 181,412 −2.5%
2010 170,539 −6.0%
Est. 2012 170,245 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 181,412 people, 72,576 households, and 50,512 families residing in the county. The population density was 418 people per square mile (161/km²). There were 77,765 housing units at an average density of 179 per square mile (69/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 5.96% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.0% were of German, 17.4% Italian, 9.9% Irish, 6.5% English, 6.4% Polish and 5.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 72,576 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 26.90% 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 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Beaver 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 Beaver County:

Cities[edit]

Boroughs[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

County Population Ranking[edit]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Aliquippa 9,438 City 1928 (borough) 1987 (city)
2 Beaver Falls 8,987 City 1868 (borough) 1928 (city)
3 Economy 8,970 Borough 1957
4 Ellwood City (partialy in Lawrence County) 7,921 Borough
5 Ambridge 7,050 Borough 1905
6 New Brighton 6,025 Borough 1838
7 Monaca 5,737 Borough 1840
8 Beaver 4,531 Borough 1802
9 Baden 4,135 Borough 1868
10 Rochester 3,657 Borough 1849
11 Ohioville 3,533 Borough 1860
12 Harmony Township 3,197 CDP and Township 1851
13 Patterson Township 3,029 CDP and Township 1845
14 Midland 2,635 Borough 1906
15 Conway 2,176 Borough 1902
16 Big Beaver 1,970 Borough 1858
17 Industry 1,835 Borough 1960
18 Freedom 1,569 Borough 1838
19 West Mayfield 1,239 Borough 1923
20 Koppel 762 Borough 1910
21 Bridgewater 704 Borough 1835
22 Patterson Heights 636 Borough 1899
23 East Rochester 567 Borough 1908
24 South Heights 475 Borough 1910
25 New Galilee 379 Borough 1854
26 Fallston 266 Borough 1829
27 Darlington 254 Borough 1820
28 Eastvale 225 Borough 1892
29 Shippingport 214 Borough 1910
30 Georgetown 174 Borough 1850
31 Hookstown 147 Borough 1843
32 Frankfort Springs 130 Borough 1844
33 Homewood 109 Borough 1910
34 Glasgow 60 Borough 1854

Area attractions[edit]

Beaver County offers many shops and places to eat. Beaver County is home to the Beaver Valley Mall located in Center Township which is home to hundreds of shops and restaurants.

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

Public Transit[edit]

Public transit is provided by the Beaver County Transit Authority.

Bodies of Water[edit]

  • The Ohio River flows north through Beaver County from a point near Ambridge, then turns west near Beaver and on to the Ohio and West Virginia borders. It divides the southern third of the county from the northern two-thirds.
  • The Beaver River flows south from Lawrence County entering Beaver County near Koppel and continuing south to its confluence with the Ohio near Beaver.

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Community, junior, and technical colleges[edit]

Map of Beaver County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts. Note that two of those districts on this map, Monaca School District and Center Area School District, merged in 2009 to form the Central Valley School District.

Public school districts[edit]

The 498 school districts of Pennsylvania, that have high schools, were ranked for student academic achievement as demonstrated by three years of math and reading PSSA results by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2008.

High schools[edit]

Charter Schools[edit]

As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education - EdNA. April 2010.

Private schools[edit]

As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education - EdNA. April 2010.

  • Agapeland Children Garden - Beaver
  • Beaver County Christian School -Upper - Beaver Falls
  • Beaver Co Christian -West Park Elementary - Beaver Falls
  • Bethel Christian School - Aliquippa
  • Deliverance Temple Ministries ROOTS Inc Christian Academy - Aliquippa
  • Divine Mercy Academy - Beaver Falls
  • Hope Christian Academy - Aliquippa
  • North Hills Christian School - Baden
  • Our Lady of Fatima School - Aliquippa
  • Pleasant Hill Wesleyan Academy - Hookstown
  • Quigley Catholic High School - Baden
  • St John the Baptist School - Monaca
  • Sts Peter & Paul School - Beaver
  • Sylvania Hills Christian - Rochester

Former School Districts[edit]

In 2009, Center Area School District and Monaca School District merged to form Central Valley School District.

Notable people[edit]

Law and government/Politics[edit]

As of November 2008, there are 118,269 registered voters in Beaver County.[8]

Beaver County used to be a Democratic stronghold and the Democrats continue to hold the commissioner majority and all county row offices, but in recent years it has been shifting heavily Republican. Multiple Democratic seats in both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature have been lost to Republicans over the past few years. In statewide and federal elections it has been moving rightward as well. In 2004 Democrat John Kerry won Beaver County over Republican George Bush 51% to 48%. In 2008 Republican John McCain defeated Democrat Barack Obama 50% to 47%, becoming the first republican to win there since 1972. Each of the three state row office winners carried Beaver. In 2010 Republican Governor Tom Corbett and Republican Senator Pat Toomey both carried Beaver in their successful statewide bids.

County commissioners[edit]

  • Tony Amadio, Chairman, Democrat
  • Joe Spanik, Democrat
  • Dennis Nichols, Republican

Other county offices[edit]

  • Clerk of Courts, Judy Enslen, Democrat
  • Controller, David A. Rossi, Democrat
  • Coroner, Teri Tatalovich-Rossi, Democrat
  • District Attorney, Anthony Berosh, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Nancy Werme, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Janice Jeschke Beall, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Carol Fiorucci, Democrat
  • Sheriff, George David, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Connie Javens, Democrat

Pennsylvania State Senate[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

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. ^ "History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania" Page 1, 1882
  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. ^ Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°41′N 80°21′W / 40.69°N 80.35°W / 40.69; -80.35