Bradford County, Pennsylvania
|Bradford County, Pennsylvania|
Towanda is the county seat
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 21, 1810|
|Named for||William Bradford|
|• Total||1,161 sq mi (3,007 km2)|
|• Land||1,147 sq mi (2,971 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (36 km2), 1.2%|
|• Density||55/sq mi (21/km²)|
|Designated||July 10, 1982|
Bradford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 62,622. Its county seat is Towanda. The county was created on February 21, 1810, from parts of Lycoming and Luzerne counties. Originally called Ontario County, it was reorganized and separated from Lycoming County on October 13, 1812, and renamed Bradford County for William Bradford, who had been a chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and United States Attorney General.
Bradford County comprises the Sayre, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Micropolitan Statistical Area
- 5 Law and government
- 6 Economy
- 7 Education
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Recreation
- 10 Communities
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
As noted above, Bradford County was originally named Ontario County. The county was reorganized and renamed in 1812. However, a section of north Philadelphia in which major east-west streets are named after Pennsylvania counties retains an Ontario Street, between Westmoreland and Tioga Streets. There are two short Bradford Streets in northeast Philadelphia, approximately four miles from Ontario Street.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,161 square miles (3,010 km2), of which 1,147 square miles (2,970 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.2%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Pennsylvania by land area and third-largest by total area.
- Chemung County, New York (north)
- Tioga County, New York (north)
- Susquehanna County (east)
- Wyoming County (southeast)
- Sullivan County (south)
- Lycoming County (southwest)
- Tioga County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 62,761 people, 24,453 households, and 17,312 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 28,664 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.94% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.4% were of English, 19% German, 12.6% Irish and 6.4% Italian ancestry according to the 2012 American Community Survey.
There were 24,453 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.
Micropolitan Statistical Area
The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Bradford County as the Sayre, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census the micropolitan area ranked 8th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 131st most populous in the United States with a population of 62,622.
Law and government
- Doug McLinko, Chairman, Republican
- Daryl Miller, Republican
- Mark W. Smith, Democrat
Other county officials
- Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Sally Vaughn, Republican
- Coroner, Thomas Carman, Republican
- District Attorney, Daniel Barrett, Republican
- Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Shirley Rockefeller, Republican
- Sheriff, Clinton J. Walters, Republican
- Treasurer, Becky Clark, Republican
- Jury Commissioners, Bill Dell, Republican and Edward Barrett, Democrat
State House of Representatives
- Matthew E. Baker, Republican, Pennsylvania's 68th Representative District
- Tina Pickett, Republican, Pennsylvania's 110th Representative District
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
Major employers are the natural gas industry, DuPont, Global-Tungsten and Powders (former Sylvania), CraftMaster, and Cargill Regional Beef, Wyalusing.
Public school districts
- Athens Area School District
- Canton Area School District (also in Lycoming and Tioga Counties)
- Northeast Bradford School District
- Sayre Area School District
- Towanda Area School District
- Troy Area School District
- Wyalusing Area School District (also in Wyoming County)
- There are 14 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available for free statewide, to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.
Other public school entities
- Canton Country School - Canton
- Children's Place - Sayre
- Epiphany School (Catholic) K-8 - Sayre accepting OSTCP students
- Freedom Lane Academy - Milan
- G&G Learning Center - Rome
- Maranatha Mission Learning Community Branch 19 - Canton
- North Rome Christian School
- South Hill Amish School - Wylausing
- St Agnes Elementary School - Towanda accepting OSTCP students
- Union Valley Christian School - Ulster
- Valley View Amish School - Pike Township
- Wyalusing Valley Children's Center INC - Wyalusing
Data from EdNA database maintained by Pennsylvania Department of Education 2012
- Allen F Pierce Free Library - Troy
- Bradford County Library - Troy
- Bradford County Library System - Troy
- Green Free Library - Canton
- Mather Memorial Library - Ulster
- Monroeton Public Library - Monroeton
- New Albany Community Library Inc.
- Sayre Public Library
- Spalding Memorial Library - Athens
- Towanda Public Library
- Wyalusing Public Library
Public transportation is provided by Endless Mountains Transportation Authority.
There is one Pennsylvania state park in Bradford County.
Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in only one case (Bloomsburg, Columbia County), towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Bradford County:
- North Towanda
- South Creek
- Standing Stone
- West Burlington
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
- "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.
- An outline history of Tioga and Bradford counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York: by townships, villages, boro's and cities, John L. Sexton. The Gazette Company, 1885, p67. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- Bradford County History, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Accessed August 21, 2007
- "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Bradford County official website
- Bradford County Historical Society
- Bradford County Tourist and Visitor Guide
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division, "2005 General Highway Map of Bradford County". Note: shows boroughs, townships, roads, villages, some streams. URL accessed on April 6, 2006.
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