Clarion County, Pennsylvania

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Clarion County
Clarion County Courthouse
Clarion County Courthouse
Official seal of Clarion County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clarion County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°11′N 79°25′W / 41.19°N 79.42°W / 41.19; -79.42
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedMarch 11, 1839
Named forClarion River
SeatClarion
Largest boroughClarion
Area
 • Total610 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Land601 sq mi (1,560 km2)
 • Water9.0 sq mi (23 km2)  1.5%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
37,241
 • Density66/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district15th
Websitewww.co.clarion.pa.us
DesignatedApril 26, 1982[1]

Clarion County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 37,241.[2] Its county seat is Clarion.[3] The county was formed on March 11, 1839, from parts of Venango and Armstrong counties. Clarion County is entirely defined as part of the Pittsburgh media market.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 610 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 601 square miles (1,560 km2) is land and 9.0 square miles (23 km2) (1.5%) is water.[4] It has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb), and average temperatures in Clarion borough range from 24.5 °F in January to 82 °F in July.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Parks[edit]

Part of Cook Forest State Park is in Clarion County.

The Clarion County Park is located in Paint Township. Clarion County Veterans Memorial Park is located directly across Main Street (Route 322) from the Clarion County Courthouse in the center of the Borough of Clarion.

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
185023,565
186024,9886.0%
187026,5376.2%
188040,32852.0%
189036,802−8.7%
190034,283−6.8%
191036,6837.0%
192036,170−1.4%
193034,531−4.5%
194038,41011.2%
195038,334−0.2%
196037,480−2.2%
197038,4142.5%
198043,36212.9%
199041,699−3.8%
200041,7650.2%
201039,988−4.3%
202037,241−6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2017[2]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 41,765 people, 16,052 households, and 10,738 families residing in the county. The population density was 69 people per square mile (27/km2). There were 19,426 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (12/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.16% White, 0.79% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.9% were English or Welsh, 12.9% American, 10.5% German, 8.0% Irish, 6.3% Scotch-Irish, 5.5% Italian and 2.6% Dutch, and 2.0% French ancestry.

There were 16,052 households, out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.10% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 21.60% under the age of 18, 15.40% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.40 males.

Government[edit]

United States presidential election results for Clarion County, Pennsylvania[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 14,578 74.67% 4,678 23.96% 268 1.37%
2016 12,576 71.21% 4,273 24.20% 811 4.59%
2012 10,828 66.55% 5,056 31.08% 386 2.37%
2008 10,737 60.06% 6,756 37.79% 384 2.15%
2004 11,063 64.38% 6,049 35.20% 72 0.42%
2000 9,796 61.81% 5,605 35.37% 448 2.83%
1996 6,916 45.89% 5,954 39.51% 2,201 14.60%
1992 6,477 41.21% 5,584 35.53% 3,657 23.27%
1988 8,026 58.37% 5,616 40.84% 109 0.79%
1984 9,836 64.27% 5,407 35.33% 61 0.40%
1980 8,812 58.35% 5,472 36.24% 817 5.41%
1976 8,360 54.96% 6,585 43.29% 265 1.74%
1972 10,073 67.96% 4,509 30.42% 239 1.61%
1968 8,077 56.00% 5,341 37.03% 1,005 6.97%
1964 6,143 39.92% 9,235 60.01% 11 0.07%
1960 10,307 65.04% 5,506 34.74% 34 0.21%
1956 10,048 66.94% 4,955 33.01% 8 0.05%
1952 9,340 63.76% 5,212 35.58% 97 0.66%
1948 6,866 57.94% 4,984 42.06% 0 0.00%
1944 8,098 60.16% 5,263 39.10% 99 0.74%
1940 9,035 57.76% 6,564 41.96% 44 0.28%
1936 8,477 49.32% 8,412 48.94% 300 1.75%
1932 5,991 46.03% 6,651 51.10% 373 2.87%
1928 9,183 70.43% 3,746 28.73% 109 0.84%
1924 5,913 55.27% 3,642 34.04% 1,143 10.68%
1920 4,615 53.28% 3,487 40.26% 560 6.47%
1916 2,595 41.07% 3,269 51.74% 454 7.19%
1912 916 14.63% 3,079 49.17% 2,267 36.20%
1908 2,915 42.92% 3,291 48.46% 585 8.61%
1904 2,978 50.95% 2,466 42.19% 401 6.86%
1900 3,002 44.69% 3,472 51.68% 244 3.63%
1896 3,338 43.57% 4,097 53.47% 227 2.96%
1892 2,543 39.23% 3,746 57.79% 193 2.98%
1888 2,950 41.71% 3,880 54.86% 243 3.44%


Voter Registration[edit]

As of February 21, 2022, there are 23,454 registered voters in Clarion County.[12]

Chart of Voter Registration

  Republican (62.11%)
  Democratic (26.64%)
  Independent (7.89%)
  Third Party (3.36%)










County Commissioners[edit]

  • Wayne Brosius; Republican
  • Ted Tharan; Republican
  • Ed Heasley; Democrat

Other county officials[edit]

  • Hon. James G. Arner, senior judge, Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas
  • Hon. Sara Seidle-Patton, president judge, Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas
  • Duane L. Quinn (18-3-01), district judge
  • Timothy P. Schill (18-3-02), district judge
  • Jarah L Heeter (18-3-03), district judge
  • Jeffery C. Miller (18-3-04), district judge
  • Drew Welsh; Republican, District Attorney
  • Rex Munsee; Republican, sheriff
  • Karyn Montana; Republican, treasurer

State Senate[edit]

District Senator Party
21 Scott E. Hutchinson Republican

State House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
63 Donna Oberlander Republican

United States House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
15 Glenn Thompson Republican

United States Senate[edit]

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

Education[edit]

Map of Clarion County public school districts

Colleges and universities[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

Intermediate unit[edit]

Public school districts and private schools in the county are served by Riverview Intermediate Unit IU6 which provides special education and professional development services.

Technical school[edit]

Clarion County Career Center is located along State Route 66 in Marianne (Shippenville address).

Private schools[edit]

  • Alexander Amish School - Venus
  • Bear Run School - Knox
  • Christs Dominion Academy - Summerville
  • Clarion Center School - Clarion
  • County Corner - Knox
  • Deer View School - Mayport
  • Immaculate Conception School - Clarion
  • Little Bird Preschool - New Bethlehem
  • Meadow View Amish School - Knox
  • New Bethlehem Mennonite School - New Bethlehem
  • Shady Nook Amish School - Sligo
  • St Josephs School - Lucinda
  • Zacheral Amish School - Venus

Communities[edit]

Map of Clarion County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white)

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 Clarion County:

Boroughs[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

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

county seat

Rank City/town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Clarion Borough 5,276
2 Marianne CDP 1,167
3 Knox Borough 1,146
4 New Bethlehem Borough 989
5 Rimersburg Borough 951
6 East Brady Borough 942
7 Sligo Borough 720
8 Strattanville Borough 550
9 Hawthorn Borough 494
10 Shippenville Borough 480
11 St. Petersburg Borough 400
12 Callensburg Borough 207
13 Tylersburg CDP 196
T-14 Foxburg Borough 183
T-14 Crown CDP 183
15 Leeper CDP 158
16 Vowinckel CDP 139

Notable people[edit]

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. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State U".
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Voter registration statistics by county". Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  13. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

Coordinates: 41°11′N 79°25′W / 41.19°N 79.42°W / 41.19; -79.42