Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
|Jefferson County, Pennsylvania|
Jefferson County Courthouse
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 26, 1804|
|Named for||Thomas Jefferson|
|• Total||657 sq mi (1,702 km2)|
|• Land||655 sq mi (1,696 km2)|
|• Water||1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.21%|
|• Density||69/sq mi (26.6/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,200. Its county seat is Brookville. The county was established on March 26, 1804, from part of Lycoming County and named for then-President Thomas Jefferson. It is home to Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that predicts when spring will come every February 2 (Groundhog Day).
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Municipalities
- 4 Law and government
- 5 Education
- 6 Recreation
- 7 Notable people
- 8 See also
- 9 References
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 657 square miles (1,701.6 km2), of which 652.4 square miles (1,689.7 km2) is land and 4.3 square miles (11.1 km2) (0.21%) is water.
- Forest County (northwest)
- Elk County (northeast)
- Clearfield County (east)
- Indiana County (south)
- Armstrong County (southwest)
- Clarion County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 45,932 people, 18,375 households, and 12,862 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 22,104 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.97% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.1% were of German, 13.4% Italian, 10.8% American, 9.2% Irish and 7.8% English ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 18,375 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 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 Jefferson County:
Law and government
- Paul Corbin (R)
- James McIntyre (R)
Colleges and universities
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Clarion University of Pennsylvania
- Butler County Community College (Pennsylvania) (Brockway)
Public School Districts
- Brockway Area School District
- Brookville Area School District
- Clarion-Limestone Area School District
- DuBois Area School District
- Punxsutawney Area School District
Related public entities
- Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS
- Riverview Intermediate Unit #6
- Allens Mills School - Reynoldsville
- Bear Lane School - Punxsutawney
- Blose Hill Amish School - Reynoldsville
- Bucks Run - Reynoldsville
- Canoe Ridge Amish School - Rossiter
- Colonial Drake - Punxsutawney
- Eagles Nest Amish School - Brockway
- Highland Park - Punxsutawney
- Hillside School - Punxsutawney
- Lone Maple School - Punxsutawney
- Maple Grove School - Reynoldsville
- Mountain View School - Punxsutawney
- Munderf Amish School - Brockway
- Oak Grove Parochial School - Smicksburg
- Pine Valley Parochial School - Punxsutawney
- Playhouse Children's Center - Punxsutawney
- Praise Christian Academy - Reynoldsville
- Punxsutawney Christian Sch - Ele Level - Punxsutawney
- Spring Hollow Amish School - Reynoldsville
- Spring Run School - Smickburg
- Sts Cosmas & Damian School - Punxsutawney
- Trout Run School - Punxsutawney
- Valley View School - Punxsutawney
- West Creek Road Amish School - Punxsutawney
- Willow Drive School - Punxsutawney
- Windy Hollow Amish School - Mayport
- Jefferson County Library System - Brockway
- Mengle Memorial Library - Brockway
- Punxsutawney Memorial Library - Punxsutawney
- Rebecca M Arthurs Memorial Library - Brookville
- Reynoldsville Public Library - Reynoldsville
- Summerville Public Library - Summerville
- Sykesville Public Library - Sykesville
- Full Circle Inc Boys Home - Reynolds
- Jefferson County Adult Detension Center
- Pendleton Child Care Center Inc - Brockway
- Western Pennsylvania School of Taxidermy - Oliveburg
Two Pennsylvania state parks are in the county.
- Clear Creek State Park is in Barnett and Heath Townships.
- Cook Forest State Park is in Barnett Township and stretches into neighboring Clarion and Forest Counties
The Jefferson County Fair is held annually in July.
- John T. Morrison, sixth Governor of Idaho from 1903 until 1905; born in Jefferson County.
- Sparky Lyle, professional baseball player
- Chuck Daly, American basketball head coach
- George Jenks, politician
- Florence Parry Heide, author
- Wilbur Good, professional baseball player
- Andy Hastings, professional football player
- Mal Eason, professional baseball player
- John Mizerock, professional baseball player
- Devin Mesoraco, professional baseball player
- Jim Pittsley, professional baseball player
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
- Oil Creek Library District
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- "Idaho Governor John T. Morrison". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 19, 2012.