Cambria County, Pennsylvania
|Cambria County, Pennsylvania|
Cambria County Courthouse
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||November 2, 1807|
|Named for||Latin name of Wales|
|• Total||694 sq mi (1,797 km2)|
|• Land||688 sq mi (1,782 km2)|
|• Water||5.3 sq mi (14 km2), 0.8%|
|• Density||209/sq mi (81/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Designated||May 25, 1982|
Cambria County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 143,679. Its county seat is Ebensburg. The county was created on March 26, 1804, from parts of Bedford, Huntingdon, and Somerset Counties and later organized in 1807. It was named for the nation of Wales.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Law and government
- 4 Education
- 5 Recreation
- 6 Communities
- 7 Unincorporated communities
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- Clearfield County (north)
- Blair County (east)
- Bedford County (southeast)
- Somerset County (south)
- Westmoreland County (southwest)
- Indiana County (west)
National protected areas
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census 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.
Law and government
As of November 2008, there are 92,456 registered voters in Cambria County.
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. That is primarily due to its mixed urban-rural ratio. The city of Johnstown is Democratic while some of its suburbs along with the county's more rural areas are more Republican. 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%.
- Mark Wissinger, Chairman, Republican
- Doug Lengenfelder, Republican
- Thomas C. Chernisky, Democrat
Other county offices
- 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, Democrat
- Sheriff, Bob Kolar, Democrat
- Treasurer, Barbara J. Kline, Democrat
State House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
Colleges and universities
- Christ the Saviour Seminary
- Mount Aloysius College
- Saint Francis University
- University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown 
Community, junior, and technical colleges
Public school districts
- Blacklick Valley School District
- Cambria Heights School District
- Central Cambria School District
- Conemaugh Valley School District
- Ferndale Area School District
- Forest Hills School District
- Glendale School District (also in Clearfield County)
- Greater Johnstown School District
- Northern Cambria School District
- Penn Cambria School District (also in Blair County)
- Portage Area School District
- Richland School District
- Westmont Hilltop School District
- Windber Area School District (also in Somerset County)
- There are 11 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available for free statewide, to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.
There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Cambria County.
- Prince Gallitzin State Park is named for Demetrius Gallitzin, a Russian nobleman turned Catholic priest who was instrumental in the settlement of Cambria County.
- Laurel Ridge State Park surrounds a 70-mile (113-km) hiking trail that begins in Cambria County and ends at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.
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:
- Chest Springs
- East Conemaugh
- Ebensburg (county seat)
- Northern Cambria
- Scalp Level
- South Fork
- Tunnelhill (partly in Blair 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.
- Cambria Somerset Authority - Water supply authority for Cambria County and Somerset County
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cambria 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.
- "Pennsylvania: Individual County Chronologies". Pennsylvania Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- "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.
- Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cambria County, Pennsylvania.|
- Cambria County official website
- Cambria County Historical Society housed in the A.W. Buck House
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Map of Cambria County showing cities, boroughs, unincorporated villages, and townships.