Cambria County, Pennsylvania

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Cambria County
Cambria County Courthouse
Cambria County Courthouse
Official seal of Cambria County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cambria County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°29′N 78°43′W / 40.49°N 78.72°W / 40.49; -78.72
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedNovember 2, 1807
Named forLatin name of Wales
SeatEbensburg
Largest cityJohnstown
Area
 • Total694 sq mi (1,800 km2)
 • Land688 sq mi (1,780 km2)
 • Water5.3 sq mi (14 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
133,472
 • Density194/sq mi (75/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts13th, 15th
Websitewww.co.cambria.pa.us
DesignatedMay 25, 1982[1]
Cambria Iron Company, Johnstown, 1987

Cambria County is a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 133,472.[2] Its county seat is Ebensburg.[3] The county was created on March 26, 1804, from parts of Bedford, Huntingdon, and Somerset Counties and later organized in 1807.[4] It was named for the nation of Wales, which in Latin is known as "Cambria".[5]

Cambria County comprises the Johnstown, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Johnstown-Somerset, PA Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 694 square miles (1,800 km2), of which 688 square miles (1,780 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (0.8%) is water.[6] Cambria has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in downtown Johnstown range from 27.8 °F in January to 71.0 °F in July, while in Ebensburg they range from 23.9 °F in January to 67.7 °F in July. PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State U

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18102,117
18203,28755.3%
18307,076115.3%
184011,25659.1%
185017,77357.9%
186029,15564.0%
187036,56925.4%
188046,81128.0%
189066,37541.8%
1900104,83757.9%
1910166,13158.5%
1920197,83919.1%
1930203,1462.7%
1940213,4595.1%
1950209,541−1.8%
1960203,283−3.0%
1970186,785−8.1%
1980183,263−1.9%
1990163,029−11.0%
2000152,598−6.4%
2010143,679−5.8%
2020133,472−7.1%
[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 152,598 people, 60,531 households, and 40,616 families residing in the county. The population density was 222 people per square mile (86 per km2). There were 65,796 housing units at an average density of 96 per square mile (37 per km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.80% White, 2.83% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.7% were of German, 10.2% Irish, 10.1% Italian, 10.0% Polish, 6.5% Slovak, 6.2% American and 5.6% English ancestry.

There were 60,531 households, out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 21.00% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

2020 Census[edit]

Cambria County Racial Composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (NH) 119,380 89.44%
Black or African American (NH) 5,665 4.24%
Native American (NH) 96 0.07%
Asian (NH) 764 0.57%
Pacific Islander (NH) 35 0.03%
Other/Mixed (NH) 5,067 3.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2,465 1.84%

Law and government[edit]

United States presidential election results for Cambria County, Pennsylvania[10][11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 48,085 67.96% 21,730 30.71% 936 1.32%
2016 42,258 66.45% 18,867 29.67% 2,464 3.87%
2012 35,163 58.10% 24,249 40.06% 1,114 1.84%
2008 31,995 48.47% 32,451 49.16% 1,560 2.36%
2004 34,048 50.83% 32,591 48.66% 344 0.51%
2000 28,001 46.45% 30,308 50.27% 1,977 3.28%
1996 20,341 34.32% 30,391 51.27% 8,543 14.41%
1992 20,770 31.30% 34,334 51.75% 11,245 16.95%
1988 25,626 39.70% 38,517 59.67% 409 0.63%
1984 32,173 44.50% 39,865 55.14% 258 0.36%
1980 33,072 45.85% 36,121 50.08% 2,938 4.07%
1976 32,469 45.02% 38,797 53.79% 862 1.20%
1972 43,825 60.05% 27,950 38.30% 1,200 1.64%
1968 33,280 42.05% 41,225 52.08% 4,645 5.87%
1964 26,281 32.21% 55,183 67.63% 134 0.16%
1960 37,062 41.35% 52,409 58.48% 151 0.17%
1956 46,373 52.55% 41,753 47.31% 123 0.14%
1952 39,294 43.54% 50,774 56.26% 182 0.20%
1948 27,725 39.37% 41,533 58.98% 1,164 1.65%
1944 28,203 41.39% 39,676 58.22% 264 0.39%
1940 30,306 41.29% 42,894 58.44% 201 0.27%
1936 24,378 33.72% 46,687 64.57% 1,239 1.71%
1932 21,351 41.75% 28,197 55.13% 1,597 3.12%
1928 29,494 51.79% 27,024 47.46% 427 0.75%
1924 24,728 51.77% 13,563 28.40% 9,473 19.83%
1920 19,629 63.91% 6,961 22.67% 4,122 13.42%
1916 10,688 49.75% 9,416 43.83% 1,378 6.41%
1912 3,252 14.97% 7,282 33.52% 11,191 51.51%
1908 12,325 57.87% 7,979 37.47% 992 4.66%
1904 13,109 61.78% 7,232 34.08% 879 4.14%
1900 10,476 57.99% 7,168 39.68% 420 2.33%
1896 8,865 55.33% 6,843 42.71% 314 1.96%
1892 6,020 47.42% 6,259 49.30% 417 3.28%
1888 5,517 47.11% 5,948 50.79% 246 2.10%
1884 4,253 44.45% 4,816 50.34% 498 5.21%
1880 3,962 45.61% 4,555 52.44% 169 1.95%

As of November 7, 2022, there are 86,213 registered voters in Cambria County.[12]

Cambria has been a swing county in statewide elections since the 1990s, with all four statewide winners carrying it in 2008. Cambria County is one of Pennsylvania's most competitive counties. That is primarily due to its mixed urban-rural ratio.

Al Gore received 50.3% of the county vote to 46.4% for George W. Bush in 2000, but Bush carried it with 50.8% of the vote to 48.7% for John Kerry in 2004–only the third time since 1928 that the county had supported a Republican for president. Cambria returned to the Democratic Presidential column in 2008, with Barack Obama receiving 49.4% of the vote to 48.7% for John McCain. In 2011 the GOP won a majority on the county commissioners board and in 2012 gave Mitt Romney 58.1% of the vote to Barack Obama's 40.1%.

In 2016, Donald Trump carried the county with 66.5% of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 29.7%, winning the county by 36.8%. This broke the modern record for margin of victory in the county of 35.4% set by Lyndon Johnson in 1964.[10] Four years later, Trump won the county with an even bigger margin of 37.34%.

County commissioners[edit]

Commissioner Party
Thomas C. Chernisky Democrat
William "B.J." Smith Democrat
Scott W. Hunt Republican

Other county offices[edit]

Office Official Party
District Attorney Gregory J. Neugebauer Republican
Clerk of Courts Max R. Pavlovich Democrat
Controller Ed Cernic Jr. Democrat
Coroner Jeffrey Lees Republican
Prothonotary Lisa Crynock Republican
Recorder of Deeds Melissa Kimla Republican
Register of Wills Cindy Perrone Republican
Sheriff Don Robertson Republican
Treasurer Lisa Kozorosky Republican

State Senate[edit]

District Senator Party
35 Wayne Langerholc Republican

State House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
71 James Rigby Republican
72 Frank Burns Democrat
73 Tommy Sankey Republican

United States House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
13 John Joyce Republican
15 Glenn Thompson Republican

United States Senate[edit]

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

Public services[edit]

Waste management for the county is regulated by the Cambria County Solid Waste Management Authority.

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Community, junior, and technical colleges[edit]

Map of Cambria County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public school districts[edit]

Private schools[edit]

  • All Saints Catholic School, Cresson
  • Appalachian Youth Service
  • Arbutus Park Manor, Johnstown
  • Bishop Carroll High School (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania)
  • Bishop McCort High School, Johnstown
  • Cambria County Child Development Center, Ebensburg
  • Cambria County Christian School, Johnstown
  • Carousel Learning & Development Center, Johnstown
  • Cathedral Catholic Academy, Johnstown
  • Center for Achievement
  • Childrens Express Inc., Cresson
  • Easter Seal Day Care Center, Johnstown
  • Genesis Christian Academy, Johnstown
  • Holy Name School, Ebensburg
  • Houston House, Johnstown
  • Laurel Highlands Therapeutic Academy, Ebensburg
  • Little Learning Lamp, Johnstown
  • Northern Cambria Catholic School, Nicktown
  • Occupational Preparation School, Ebensburg
  • Our Mother of Sorrow School, Johnstown
  • Richland Academy Montessori School, Johnstown
  • Sean Davison School of Driving, Lilly
  • St Michael's School, Loretto
  • St Sophia Orthodox Christian Academy, Johnstown

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Ed Names and Addresses, July 1, 2015

Vocational/Technical schools[edit]

Recreation[edit]

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Cambria County.

Communities[edit]

Map of Cambria 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 Cambria County:

City[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.

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Cambria County.[13]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Johnstown City 20,978
2 Westmont Borough 5,181
3 Northern Cambria Borough 3,835
4 Elim CDP 3,727
5 Ebensburg Borough 3,351
6 Belmont CDP 2,784
7 Nanty Glo Borough 2,734
8 Portage Borough 2,638
9 Geistown Borough 2,467
10 Southmont Borough 2,284
11 Patton Borough 1,769
12 Cresson Borough 1,711
13 Gallitzin Borough 1,668
14 Mundys Corner CDP 1,651
15 Ferndale Borough 1,636
16 Oakland CDP 1,578
17 University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown) CDP 1,572
18 Vinco CDP 1,305
19 Loretto Borough 1,302
20 Hastings Borough 1,278
21 Dale Borough 1,234
22 East Conemaugh Borough 1,220
23 Salix CDP 1,149
24 Beaverdale CDP 1,035
25 Lilly Borough 968
26 Colver CDP 959
27 South Fork Borough 928
28 Carrolltown Borough 853
29 Spring Hill CDP 839
30 Scalp Level Borough 778
31 Lorain Borough 759
32 Brownstown Borough 744
33 Sankertown Borough 675
34 Revloc CDP 570
35 Summerhill Borough 490
36 Sidman CDP 431
37 Vintondale Borough 414
38 St. Michael CDP 408
39 Blandburg CDP 402
40 Riverside CDP 381
41 Tunnelhill (partially in Blair County) Borough 363
42 Dunlo CDP 342
43 Daisytown Borough 326
44 Franklin Borough 323
45 Ehrenfeld Borough 228
46 Ashville Borough 227
47 Wilmore Borough 225
48 Chest Springs Borough 149
49 Cassandra Borough 147

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers Search". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on March 21, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Cambria County, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania: Individual County Chronologies". Pennsylvania Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Espenshade, A. Howry (1925). Pennsylvania Place Names. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State College. pp. 160–161.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Census 2020".
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Cambria County, Pennsylvania".
  10. ^ a b Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  11. ^ http://geoelections.free.fr/. Retrieved January 13, 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Voter registration statistics by county". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  13. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Decennial Census by Decades". The United States Census Bureau.

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