Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Greensburg-pennsylvania-courthouse.jpg
Seal of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Westmoreland County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1773
Named for Westmorland
Seat Greensburg
Largest city Greensburg
Area
 • Total 1,036 sq mi (2,683 km2)
 • Land 1,025 sq mi (2,655 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.05%
Population
 • (2010) 365,169
 • Density 360/sq mi (139/km²)
Congressional districts 9th, 12th, 14th, 18th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.westmoreland.pa.us

Westmoreland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 365,169.[1] The county seat is Greensburg.[2]Cut from Lancaster, Northumberland, and later Bedford County, Westmoreland County was founded on February 26, 1773 and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania west of the Allegheny Mountains. Westmoreland County originally included the present-day counties of Fayette, Washington, Greene, and parts of Beaver, Allegheny, Indiana, and Armstrong counties. It is named for Westmorland, a historic county of England.

Westmoreland County is included in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the much larger Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV Combined Statistical Area.

A major coal strike occurred in the county in the winter of 1910–11.

Politics and government[edit]

As of November 2008, there are 249,147 registered voters in Westmoreland County [3]

The Democratic Party had been historically dominant in county-level politics, however Westmoreland has trended Republican at the national and statewide levels. In 2000, Republican George W. Bush won 51% and Democrat Al Gore won 45%. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won 56% and Democrat John Kerry won 43%. In 2008, Republican John McCain won 57% to Democrat Barack Obama's 41%. Governor Ed Rendell lost Westmoreland in both 2002 and 2006. In 2008 Republican Tim Krieger picked up the 57th House district left open by the retirement of Democrat Tom Tangretti. In 2010, both Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett won Westmoreland in their statewide bids. Also the GOP gained control of two more State House districts, the 54th with Eli Evankovich and the 56th with George Dunbar. In 2011, the Republican Party swept all county row offices[4]

Presidential election results since 1960[edit]

2012 Mitt Romney 103,932 (61.3%) Barack Obama 63,722 (37.6%)

2008 John McCain 102,294 (57.6%) Barack Obama 72,721 (41.0%)

2004 George W. Bush 100,087 (56.0%) John Kerry 77,774 (43.5%)

2000 George W. Bush 80,858 (52.0%) Al Gore 71,792 (46.2%)

1996 Bill Clinton 63,686 (44.2%) Bob Dole 62,058 (43.1%)

1992 Bill Clinton 69,817 (45.0%) George H. W. Bush 47,315 (30.5%)

1988 Michael Dukakis 76,710 (55.1%) George H. W. Bush 61,472 (44.1%)

1984 Walter Mondale 79,906 (52.4%) Ronald Reagan 71,377 (46.8%)

1980 Jimmy Carter 68,627 (49.2%) Ronald Reagan 63,140 (45.6%)

1976 Jimmy Carter 74,217 (54.5%) Gerald Ford 59,172 (43.5%)

1972 Richard Nixon 75,085 (54.6%) George McGovern 59,322 (43.1%)

1968 Hubert Humphrey 81,833 (55.0%) Richard Nixon 52,206 (35.1%)

1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 107,131 (71.7%) Barry Goldwater 41,493 (27.8%)

1960 John F. Kennedy 85,641 (55.3%) Richard Nixon 68,825 (44.4%)

County commissioners[edit]

  • Chuck Anderson, Chairman, Republican
  • Tyler Courtney, Republican
  • Ted Kopas, Democrat

Other county officials[edit]

  • Clerk of Courts, Bryan Kline, Republican
  • Controller, Jeff Balzer, Republican
  • Coroner, Kenneth Bacha, Democrat
  • District Attorney, John Peck, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Christina O'Brien, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Frank Schiefer, Republican
  • Register of Wills, Michael H Ginsburg, Republican
  • Sheriff, Jonathan Held, Republican
  • Treasurer, Jared M Squires, Republican

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
25 Joseph Markosek Democrat
52 Deberah Kula Democrat
54 Eli Evankovich Republican
55 Joseph A. Petrarca Democrat
56 George Dunbar Republican
57 Tim Krieger Republican
58 R. Ted Harhai Democrat
59 Mike Reese Republican

Pennsylvania State Senate[edit]

District Senator Party
32 Rich Kasunic Democrat
38 Jim Ferlo Democrat
39 Kim Ward Republican
41 Donald C. White Republican
45 Sean Logan Democrat
46 J. Barry Stout Democrat

United States House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
12 Keith Rothfus Republican
14 Mike Doyle Democratic
18 Tim Murphy 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 1,036 square miles (2,684 km²), of which 1,025 square miles (2,656 km²) is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) (1.05%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 16,019
1800 22,726 41.9%
1810 26,392 16.1%
1820 30,540 15.7%
1830 38,400 25.7%
1840 42,699 11.2%
1850 51,726 21.1%
1860 53,736 3.9%
1870 58,719 9.3%
1880 78,036 32.9%
1890 112,819 44.6%
1900 160,175 42.0%
1910 231,304 44.4%
1920 273,568 18.3%
1930 294,995 7.8%
1940 303,411 2.9%
1950 313,179 3.2%
1960 352,629 12.6%
1970 376,935 6.9%
1980 392,294 4.1%
1990 370,321 −5.6%
2000 369,993 −0.1%
2010 365,169 −1.3%
Est. 2013 362,437 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 369,993 people, 149,813 households, and 104,569 families residing in the county. The population density was 361 people per square mile (139/km²). There were 161,058 housing units at an average density of 157 per square mile (61/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of German, 18.5% Italian, 9.7% Irish, 8.9% Polish, 6.7% English, 5.2% Slovak and 5.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 149,813 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland 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.

Other Communities[edit]

County Population Ranking[edit]

The following is a rank of the seventy-three populated areas of Westmoreland County in order of population during the 2000 census.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2000 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Murrysville 18,872 Municipality 1976 (municipality)
2 Greensburg 14,892 (2010) City 1799
3 New Kensington 13,116 (2010) City 1891
4 Lower Burrell 11,761 (2010) City 1959 (city)
5 Jeanette 9,654 (2010) City 1889 (borough) 1938 (city)
6 Latrobe 8,338 (2010) City 1854 (borough) 1999 (city)
7 Monessen 7,720 (2010) City 1898 (borough) 1921 (city)
8 Vandergrift 5,455 Borough
9 Arnold 5,157 (2010) City 1896 (borough) 1939 (city)
10 Scottdale 4,772 Borough 1874
11 Mount Pleasant 4,728 Borough 1828
12 Irwin 4,366 Borough 1864
13 Youngwood 4,138 Borough 1902
14 Loyalhanna 3,415 CDP
15 Trafford (partialy in Allegheny County) 3,174 (2010) Borough 1904
16 West Newton 3,083 Borough 1842
17 Manor 2,796 Borough 1884
18 Derry 2,688 (2010) Borough 1881
19 Delmont 2,497 Borough 1833
20 Southwest Greensburg 2,398 Borough 1890
21 Lawson Heights 2,339 CDP
22 South Greensburg 2,280 Borough 1891
23 North Belle Vernon 2,107 Borough 1876
24 New Stanton 1,906 Borough
25 Calumet-Norvelt 1,682 CDP
26 Ligonier 1,573 (2010) Borough 1834
27 West Leechburg 1,290 Borough 1928
28 Oklahoma 915 Borough 1931
29 Export 895 Borough 1911
30 North Irwin 879 Borough 1894
31 Herminie 856 CDP
32 Avonmore 820 Borough
33 New Florence 784 Borough 1865
34 East Vandergrift 742 Borough 1901
35 Grapeville 676 CDP
36 Sutersville 636 Borough 1902
37 New Alexandria 595 Borough 1834
38 Madison 510 Borough 1876
39 Bolivar 501 Borough 1863
40 Hyde Park 500 (2010) Borough 1898
41 Seward 484 Borough 1904
42 Penn 460 Borough 1859
43 Smithton 444 Borough 1901
44 Arona 407 Borough 1895
45 Youngstown 400 Borough 1831
46 Slickville 372 CDP
47 Hunker 329 Borough 1929
48 Crabtree 320 CDP
49 Adamsburg 221 Borough 1841
50 Laurel Mountain 185 Borough 1982
51 Donegal 165 Borough 1867
52 Harrison City 155 CDP

Education[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Public Charter Schools[edit]

  • Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School grades 7th through 12th Latrobe (since 2008)

According to EdNA [8]

Private high school[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Recreation[edit]

Autumn on a small state road near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Laurel Mountains.

There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Westmoreland County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ [1].
  4. ^ [2].
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Education Names and Addresses, 2012
  9. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

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Coordinates: 40°19′N 79°28′W / 40.31°N 79.47°W / 40.31; -79.47