Cambria County, Pennsylvania

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Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Cambria County Courthouse - Ebensburg, PA.jpg
Cambria County Courthouse
Seal of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cambria County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 26, 1804
Seat Ebensburg
Largest city Johnstown
Area
 • Total 693 sq mi (1,795 km2)
 • Land 688 sq mi (1,782 km2)
 • Water 5 sq mi (13 km2), 0.78%
Population
 • (2010) 143,679
 • Density 209/sq mi (80.6/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.cambria.pa.us
Cambria Iron Company, Johnstown, 1987

Cambria County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 143,679.[1] Its county seat is Ebensburg[2].

Cambria County was created on March 26, 1804, from parts of Bedford, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties and was named for the nation of Wales. It comprises the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Law and Government[edit]

As of November 2008, there are 92,456 registered voters in Cambria County.[3]

Despite being overwhelmingly Democratic in registration and the Democrats holding all row offices, Cambria is a swing county in statewide elections, with all four statewide winners carrying it in 2008. Cambria County is one of Pennsylvania's most competitive counties. Al Gore received 50.3% of the county vote to 46.4% for George W. Bush in 2000, but Bush carried it with 50.8% of the vote to 48.7% for John Kerry in 2004. Cambria returned to the Democratic Presidential column in 2008, with Barack Obama receiving 49.4% of the vote to 48.7% for John McCain. In 2011 the GOP won a majority on the county commissioners board and in 2012 gave Mitt Romney 58.1% of the vote to Barack Obama's 40.1%.

County commissioners[edit]

  • Mark Wissinger, Chairman, Republican
  • Doug Lengenfelder, Republican
  • Thomas C. Chernisky, Democrat

Other county offices[edit]

  • District Attorney, Kelly Callihan, Democrat
  • Clerk of Courts, Susan Kuhar, Democrat
  • Controller, Ed Cernic Jr., Democrat
  • Coroner, Dennis Kwiatkowski, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Patty Berkebile, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Andrea Fedore Sims, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Patty Sharbaugh, Democra
  • Sheriff, Bob Kolar, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Barbara J. Kline, Democrat

Pennsylvania State Senate[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
71 Bryan Barbin Democrat
72 Frank Burns Democrat
73 Gary Haluska Democrat

United States House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
9 Bill Shuster Republican
12 Keith Rothfus Republican

United States Senate[edit]

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 693 square miles (1,794.9 km2), of which 688 square miles (1,781.9 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.78%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,117
1820 3,287 55.3%
1830 7,076 115.3%
1840 11,256 59.1%
1850 17,773 57.9%
1860 29,155 64.0%
1870 36,569 25.4%
1880 46,811 28.0%
1890 66,375 41.8%
1900 104,837 57.9%
1910 166,131 58.5%
1920 197,839 19.1%
1930 203,146 2.7%
1940 213,459 5.1%
1950 209,541 −1.8%
1960 203,283 −3.0%
1970 186,785 −8.1%
1980 183,263 −1.9%
1990 163,029 −11.0%
2000 152,598 −6.4%
2010 143,679 −5.8%
Est. 2012 141,584 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 152,598 people, 60,531 households, and 40,616 families residing in the county. The population density was 222 people per square mile (86/km²). There were 65,796 housing units at an average density of 96 per square mile (37/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.80% White, 2.83% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.7% were of German, 10.2% Irish, 10.1% Italian, 10.0% Polish, 6.5% Slovak, 6.2% American and 5.6% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 60,531 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.00% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Cambria 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 Cambria County:

Cities[edit]

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.

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Community, junior, and technical colleges[edit]

Map of Cambria County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public School Districts[edit]

  • There are 11 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available for free statewide, to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.

Recreation[edit]

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Cambria 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. ^ Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°29′N 78°43′W / 40.49°N 78.72°W / 40.49; -78.72