Indiana County, Pennsylvania
|Indiana County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 30, 1803|
|• Total||834 sq mi (2,160 km2)|
|• Land||829 sq mi (2,147 km2)|
|• Water||5 sq mi (13 km2), 0.60%|
|• Density||107/sq mi (41.3/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Indiana County was created on March 30, 1803, from parts of Westmoreland and Clearfield Counties, and is probably named for the Indiana Territory, and it is also interesting since the county boundaries are somewhat shaped like the actual State of Indiana. The county proclaims itself the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World", shipping over one million trees annually. The county is entirely in the defined region of the Pittsburgh media market and since 2013 part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area as a consolidated county.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Government and politics
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Municipalities
- 5 Environment
- 6 Notable natives and residents
- 7 Education
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- Jefferson County (north)
- Clearfield County (northeast)
- Cambria County (southeast)
- Westmoreland County (south)
- Armstrong County (west)
||Jefferson County||Clearfield County|
|Westmoreland County||Cambria County|
Government and politics
As of November 2008, there are 58,077 registered voters in Indiana County.
- Rodney Ruddock, Chairman, Republican
- Patricia Evanko, Democrat
- David S. Frick, Republican
Other county offices
- Coroner, Mike Baker, Republican
- District Attorney, Patrick Dougherty, Democrat
- Prothonotary, Randy Degenkolb, Republican
- Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Patricia Streams-Warman, Republican
- Sheriff, Robert Fyock, Republican
- Treasurer, Sandra Kirkland, Democrat
- Jeff Pyle, Republican, 60th district
- David Reed, Republican, 62nd district
- Sam Smith, Republican, 66th district
- Donald C. White, Republican, 41st district
- Bill Shuster, Republican, 9th district
As of the census of 2000, there were 89,605 people, 34,123 households, and 22,521 families residing in the county. The population density was 108 people per square mile (42/km²). There were 37,250 housing units at an average density of 45 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.87% White, 1.57% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.9% were of German, 11.6% Italian, 10.7% Irish, 8.6% American, 7.1% English and 6.8% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 34,123 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county, the population was spread out with 21.10% under the age of 18, 16.60% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.
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 Indiana 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.
The county is also the site of the Homer City Generating Station, a coal-burning power plant. The plant has caught the attention of environmentalists as being ranked second in emissions, in 2002, of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in Pennsylvania. The plant also ranked high, in 2003, in the emissions of both sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide ranking 4th and 28th in the nation.
Notable natives and residents
- John Buccigross, ESPN anchor, former co-host of NHL 2Night
- Samuel Kier, "Grandfather of the American Oil Industry"
- Jim Nance, former football player, Running Back Syracuse University and later professionally with the New England/Boston Patriots
- James Stewart, actor, born in Indiana Borough
- Todd Marino, radio personality
Public school districts
- Armstrong School District (pt.)
- Apollo-Ridge School District (pt.)
- Blairsville-Saltsburg School District †
- Harmony Area School District (pt.)
- Homer-Center School District
- Indiana Area School District
- Marion Center Area School District
- Penns Manor Area School District
- Punxsutawney Area School District (pt.)
- Purchase Line School District †
- United School District
- (pt.) – district partially in Indiana County, with school buildings located in another county.
† - district with facilities within Indiana County, but which also serves other regions.
- Cambria-Rowe Business College – Indiana
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana
- Westmoreland County Community College – Indiana
- WyoTech – Blairsville
- Indiana County Transit Authority
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Indiana County, Pennsylvania
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "'Tis the season for tree farmers". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. December 20, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2006.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Figure 3. Mobile Source Contribution to Smog-Forming Emissions in Counties Recommended for Nonattainment under New EPA Ozone Standards". Surface Transportation Policy Project. April 16, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2006.
- "Pa. ranks among worst states for toxic emissions". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. November 18, 2002. Retrieved May 16, 2006.
- Environmental Integrity Project & Public Citizen’s Congress Watch (May 2004). America’s Dirtiest Power Plants: Plugged into the Bush Administration (PDF). Retrieved May 16, 2006.
|Wikisource has the text of an 1879 American Cyclopædia article about Indiana County, Pennsylvania.|
- Indiana County official website
- The Indiana County Tourist Bureau
- The Historical & Genealogical Society of Indiana County