Forest County, Pennsylvania

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Forest County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Forest County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Forest County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded April 11, 1848
Seat Tionesta
Largest borough Marienville
Area
 • Total 431 sq mi (1,116 km2)
 • Land 428 sq mi (1,109 km2)
 • Water 3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.76%
Population
 • (2010) 7,716
 • Density 18/sq mi (6.9/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.forest.pa.us

Forest County is a county located in Western Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,716.[1] Its county seat is Tionesta.[2]

History[edit]

Forest County was created on April 11, 1848, from part of Jefferson County. The county was enlarged on October 31, 1866, when part of Venango County was incorporated into the county. Forest County was named for the forests contained within its limits.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 431 square miles (1,116.3 km2), of which 428 square miles (1,108.5 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.76%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National Forest[edit]

Part of Allegheny National Forest covers Forest County.

State Park[edit]

Part of Cook Forest State Park is in Forest County.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 898
1870 4,010 346.5%
1880 4,385 9.4%
1890 8,482 93.4%
1900 11,039 30.1%
1910 9,435 −14.5%
1920 7,477 −20.8%
1930 5,180 −30.7%
1940 5,791 11.8%
1950 4,944 −14.6%
1960 4,485 −9.3%
1970 4,926 9.8%
1980 5,072 3.0%
1990 4,802 −5.3%
2000 4,946 3.0%
2010 7,716 56.0%
Est. 2012 7,667 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 4,946 people, 2,000 households, and 1,328 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 8,701 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.94% White, 2.22% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.1% were of German, 13.9% Irish, 8.1% American and 7.8% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,000 households out of which 23.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 28.90% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 111.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.30 males.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Forest County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Forest County:

Boroughs[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

County Population Ranking[edit]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Marienville 3,137 CDP
2 Tionesta 483 Borough 1805

Education[edit]

Public School Districts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 128. 
  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 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/

Coordinates: 41°31′N 79°14′W / 41.52°N 79.24°W / 41.52; -79.24