Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Beaver County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 12, 1800|
|Named for||Beaver River|
|• Total||444 sq mi (1,150 km2)|
|• Land||435 sq mi (1,130 km2)|
|• Water||9.3 sq mi (24 km2) 2.1%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||379/sq mi (146/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Designated||July 5, 1982|
Beaver County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 170,539. Its county seat is Beaver. The county was created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties. It took its name from the Beaver River.
Beaver County is part of the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The original townships at the date of the erection of Beaver County (1800) were North Beaver, east and west of the Big Beaver Creek; South Beaver, west of the Big Beaver; and Sewickley, east of the Big Beaver—all north of the Ohio River; and Hanover, First Moon, and Second Moon, south of the Ohio.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 9.3 square miles (24 km2) (2.1%) is water. It has a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in the Beaver/Rochester vicinity range from 29.4 °F in January to 73.2 °F in July.
Bodies of water
- The Ohio River flows north through Beaver County from a point near Ambridge, then turns west near Beaver and on to the Ohio and West Virginia borders. It divides the southern third of the county from the northern two-thirds.
- The Beaver River flows south from Lawrence County entering Beaver County near Koppel and continuing south to its confluence with the Ohio near Beaver.
- Lawrence County (north)
- Butler County (east)
- Allegheny County (southeast)
- Washington County (south)
- Hancock County, West Virginia (west)
- Columbiana County, Ohio (west)
- Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Raccoon Creek State Park, a Pennsylvania state park
- Bradys Run Park
- Brush Creek Park
- Old Economy Park
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 181,412 people, 72,576 households, and 50,512 families residing in the county. The population density was 418 people per square mile (161/km2). There were 77,765 housing units at an average density of 179 per square mile (69/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 5.96% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.0% were of German, 17.4% Italian, 9.9% Irish, 6.5% English, 6.4% Polish and 5.8% American ancestry.
There were 72,576 households, out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. Of all households 26.90% were made up of individuals, and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the county, the age distribution of the population shows 22.60% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.
- Birth rate
Beaver County's live birth rate was 2,437 births in 1990. Beaver County's live birth rate in 2000 was 1,891 births, while in 2011 it had declined to 1,690 babies. Over the past 50 years (1960 to 2010), rural Pennsylvania saw a steady decline in both the number and proportion of residents under 18 years old. In 1960, 1.06 million rural residents, or 35 percent of the rural population, were children.
- Teen pregnancy rate
Beaver County reported 1,069 babies born to teens (age 15–19) in 2011. In 2015, the number of teen births in Beaver County was 1,025.
- County poverty demographics
According to research by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which is a legislative Agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the poverty rate for Beaver County was 11.7% in 2014. The statewide poverty rate was 13.6% in 2014. The 2012 childhood poverty rate by school district was: Ambridge Area School District: 40.6% living at 185% or below than the Federal Poverty Level; Aliquippa School District: 82.7%; Beaver Area School District: 17.4%; Big Beaver Falls Area School District: 71.3%; Blackhawk School District: 27.9%; Central Valley School District: 30.8%; Freedom Area School District: 40.8%, Hopewell Area School District: 24.9%; Midland Borough School District: 64.9%; New Brighton Area School District: 54.4%; Riverside Beaver County School District: 31.9%; Rochester Area High School: 66.3%; South Side Area School District: 31.5%; and Western Beaver County School District: 36.5%. The child poverty rate is collected by the school districts as part of the federal free school lunch program.
Government and politics
In November 2008, there were 118,269 registered voters in Beaver County.
By April 2016, there were 109,091 registered voters, a decrease of 7.7% since 2008.
The county is divided into 129 precincts.
- Democratic: 58,828 (53.93%)
- Republican: 38,015 (34.85%)
- Other parties/non-partisan: 12,248 (11.23%)
As of November 7, 2017 there were 108,931 registered voters in the county. Democrats had a majority of the voters. There were 55,600 registered Democrats, 40,101 registered Republicans, 12,581 voters registered to other parties, 568 to the Libertarian Party and 81 voters registered to the Green Party.
|Voter registration and party enrollment|
|Party||Number of voters||Percentage|
Beaver County used to be a Democratic stronghold, and still has a large Democratic edge in registration. In 2015, however, the GOP took majority status in the Commissioners' Office for the first time since 1955. Multiple Democratic seats in both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature have been lost to Republicans over the past few years. In statewide and federal elections it has been moving rightward as well. In 2004 Democrat John Kerry won Beaver County over Republican George Bush 51% to 48%. In 2008 Republican John McCain defeated Democrat Barack Obama 50% to 47%, becoming the first Republican to win there since 1972 and only the third since 1928. Mitt Romney and Donald Trump (twice) carried the county in the next three elections, cementing its status as a "red county" in presidential politics.
Each of the three state row office winners carried Beaver. In 2010 Republican Governor Tom Corbett and Republican Senator Pat Toomey both carried Beaver in their successful statewide bids. However, Beaver County voted for Bob Casey Jr. in his reelection bid in 2012 50% to 47%.
- Tony Amadio, Democrat
- Jack Manning, Republican 
- Daniel C. Camp III, Chairman, Republican
Other county offices
- Clerk of Courts, Judy Enslen, Democrat
- Controller, Maria Longo, Republican 
- Coroner, David Gabauer, Republican
- District Attorney, David Lozier, Republican
- Prothonotary, Michael Rossi, Democrat 
- Recorder of Deeds, Ronald Alberti, Republican 
- Register of Wills, Tracey Antoline Patton, Democrat
- Sheriff, Tony Guy, Republican
- Treasurer, Sandie Egley, Republican 
- Camera Bartolotta, Republican, Pennsylvania's 46th Senatorial District
- Elder Vogel, Jr., Republican, Pennsylvania's 47th Senatorial District
- Aaron Bernstine, Republican, Pennsylvania's 10th Representative District
- Jim Marshall, Republican, Pennsylvania's 14th Representative District
- Josh Kail, Republican, Pennsylvania's 15th Representative District
- Robert F. Matzie, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 16th Representative District
United States House of Representatives
United States Senators
Near Koppel there is Buttermilk Falls, a naturally occurring waterfall.
Major roads and highways
- I-76 / Penna Turnpike
- US 30 / Lincoln Highway
- PA 18
- PA 51
- PA 65
- PA 68
- PA 151
- PA 168
- PA 251
- PA 288
- PA 351
- PA 551
- PA 588
- PA 989
Public transit is provided by the Beaver County Transit Authority.
Colleges and universities
- Geneva College
- Penn State Beaver Campus
- Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry
- Community College of Beaver County
Community, junior, and technical colleges
Public school districts
- Aliquippa School District
- Ambridge Area School District
- Beaver Area School District
- Big Beaver Falls Area School District
- Blackhawk School District (part)
- Central Valley School District
- Freedom Area School District
- Hopewell Area School District
- Midland Borough School District
- New Brighton Area School District
- Riverside Beaver County School District
- Rochester Area School District
- South Side Area School District
- Western Beaver County School District
The 498 school districts of Pennsylvania that have high schools were ranked for student academic achievement as demonstrated by three years of math and reading PSSA results by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2008.
- Aliquippa High School
- Ambridge Area High School
- Beaver Area High School
- Beaver County Christian High School
- Beaver Falls High School
- Big Beaver Area High School
- Blackhawk High School
- Central Valley High School
- Freedom Area High School
- Hopewell High School
- Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
- New Brighton High School
- Quigley Catholic High School
- Riverside High School
- Rochester Area High School
- South Side Beaver High School
- Western Beaver High School
As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education – EdNA, as of April 2010.
- Baden Academy Charter School
- Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
- Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School
As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education – EdNA, as of April 2010.
- Agapeland Children Garden – Beaver
- Beaver County Christian School -Upper – Beaver Falls
- Beaver Co Christian -West Park Elementary – Beaver Falls
- Bethel Christian School – Aliquippa
- Deliverance Temple Ministries ROOTS Inc Christian Academy – Aliquippa
- Divine Mercy Academy – Beaver Falls
- Hope Christian Academy – Aliquippa
- North Hills Christian School – Baden
- Our Lady of Fatima School – Aliquippa
- Pleasant Hill Wesleyan Academy – Hookstown
- Quigley Catholic High School – Baden
- St John the Baptist School – Monaca
- Sts Peter & Paul School – Beaver
- Sylvania Hills Christian – Rochester
Former school districts
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 in Beaver County:
- Beaver (county seat)
- Big Beaver
- East Rochester
- Ellwood City (mostly in Lawrence County)
- Frankfort Springs
- New Brighton
- New Galilee
- Patterson Heights
- South Heights
- West Mayfield
- Borough Township – established in 1804 from the small southeast corner of South Beaver Township. In 1970, it was renamed Vanport Township.
† county seat
|Rank||City/town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
|1||Aliquippa||9,438||City||1928 (borough) 1987 (city)|
|2||Beaver Falls||8,987||City||1868 (borough) 1928 (city)|
|4||Ellwood City (partially in Lawrence County)||7,921||Borough|
|12||Harmony Township||3,197||CDP and township||1851|
|13||Patterson Township||3,029||CDP and township||1845|
- Sam Adams – early explorer of the American west
- Gust Avrakotos – CIA operative active in Operation Cyclone
- Julian Michael Carver – science fiction novelist known for his usage of dinosaurs in fiction
- Jim Covert – former NFL offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003
- Ed DeChellis – head men's basketball coach for The Naval Academy
- Mike Ditka – former NFL tight end for the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, and head coach for the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988 (as a tight end)
- Tony Dorsett – former NFL running back for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, inducted into both the Pro and College Football Hall of Fame in 1994
- Shane Douglas – born Troy Martin, professional wrestler, best known with Extreme Championship Wrestling, having also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and (briefly) with the World Wrestling Federation
- Terry Francona – former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers, and former manager for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox
- Sean Gilbert – former NFL defensive lineman for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders
- Donnie Iris – musician, former member of The Jaggerz and Wild Cherry, also notable for his solo performances
- Ty Law – former NFL cornerback for the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos
- Joe Letteri – three-time Academy Award-winning visual imaging artist, and visual effects supervisor of the movie Avatar
- Henry Mancini – music composer, including "Moon River" and "The Pink Panther Theme", among many others
- "Pistol" Pete Maravich – former NBA guard for the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans/Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987
- Press Maravich – former NCAA Basketball coach
- Doc Medich – former Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers
- Joe Namath – former NFL and AFL quarterback for the New York Jets and Los Angeles Rams, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985
- Babe Parilli – former NFL and AFL quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Boston Patriots and New York Jets, former CFL quarterback for the Ottawa Rough Riders, and All-American quarterback for the University of Kentucky
- Paul Posluszny – NFL linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Dan Radakovich – Athletics Director for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Darrelle Revis – NFL cornerback for the New York Jets
- Jesse Steinfeld – former Surgeon General of the United States
- Pete Suder – former Major League Baseball infielder for the Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics
- Mark Vlasic – former NFL quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- William Ziegler – industrialist and co-founder of the Royal Baking Powder Company
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