Clinton County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 41°14′N 77°38′W / 41.24°N 77.64°W / 41.24; -77.64

Clinton County, Pennsylvania
Clinton County Pennsylvania Courthouse 2 crop.jpg
Clinton County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clinton County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded June 21, 1839
Named for DeWitt Clinton
Seat Lock Haven
Largest city Lock Haven
 • Total 897 sq mi (2,323 km2)
 • Land 888 sq mi (2,300 km2)
 • Water 8.9 sq mi (23 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 39,745
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Designated June 12, 1982[1]

Clinton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,238.[2] Its county seat is Lock Haven.[3] The county was created on June 21, 1839, from parts of Centre and Lycoming Counties. Its name is in honor of the seventh Governor of New York State, DeWitt Clinton, however some sources suggest the namesake is Henry Clinton.[4]

Clinton County comprises the Lock Haven, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Williamsport-Lock Haven, PA Combined Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 897 square miles (2,320 km2), of which 888 square miles (2,300 km2) is land and 8.9 square miles (23 km2) (1.0%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 8,323
1850 11,207 34.7%
1860 17,723 58.1%
1870 23,211 31.0%
1880 26,278 13.2%
1890 28,685 9.2%
1900 29,197 1.8%
1910 31,545 8.0%
1920 33,555 6.4%
1930 32,319 −3.7%
1940 34,557 6.9%
1950 36,532 5.7%
1960 37,619 3.0%
1970 37,721 0.3%
1980 38,971 3.3%
1990 37,182 −4.6%
2000 37,910 2.0%
2010 39,238 3.5%
Est. 2014 39,745 [6] 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[2]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 37,914 people, 14,773 households, and 9,927 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 18,166 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.29% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 36.0% were of German, 15.6% American, 9.6% Irish, 8.6% Italian and 7.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 14,773 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.50% under the age of 18, 13.60% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

Micropolitan Statistical Area[edit]

Map of the Williamsport-Lock Haven, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), composed of the following parts:

The United States Office of Management and Budget[12] has designated Clinton County as the Lock Haven, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census[13] the micropolitan area ranked 16th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 315th most populous in the United States with a population of 39,238. Clinton County is also a part of the Williamsport-Lock Haven, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), which combines the population of both Clinton County and the Lycoming County areas. The Combined Statistical Area ranked 11th in the State of Pennsylvania and 143rd most populous in the United States with a population of 155,349.

Government and politics[edit]

As of February 24, 2014, there were 20,246 registered voters in Clinton County.

While Clinton County has historically been Republican like the rest of central Pennsylvania, Democrats captured the registration edge in early 2008. Each of the three row-office statewide winners carried Clinton in 2008. In 2006, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. received 54% of its vote when he unseated incumbent Republican US Senator Rick Santorum and Ed Rendell received 56% of the vote against Lynn Swann. The conservative tendencies of the county were again reestablished in 2008 when then-Senator Obama lost the county vote 47.98% to John McCain's 50.73%. This was followed in 2010 with U.S. Senate candidate, Republican Pat Toomey, receiving 58.69% to 41.31% for Democrat Joe Sestak. In 2012, Mitt Romney carried the county 55.05% to President Obama's 43.23%, while incumbent Democrat Senator Bob Casey, Jr. received 44.47% to his Republican challenger, Tom Smith's 53.29% [1].

County commissioners[edit]

  • Pete Smeltz, Chairman, Republican
  • Jeffrey Snyder, Republican
  • Paul Conklin, Democrat

Other county offices[edit]

  • Chief Clerk, Jann Meyers
  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Marie Vilello, Democrat
  • District Attorney, David Strouse, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Jennifer Hoy, Republican
  • Treasurer, Michelle Kunes
  • Auditor, Peggy Heller, Republican
  • Auditor, Robert Rooney, Democrat
  • Auditor, Michelle Crowell, Democrat

State Senate[edit]

District Senator Party
35 Joseph B. Scarnati III Republican

State House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
76 Mike Hanna Democrat

United States House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
5 Glenn "G.T." Thompson Republican

United States Senate[edit]

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat


Map of Clinton County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Colleges and universities[edit]

Public school districts[edit]


There are five Pennsylvania state parks in Clinton County.


Map of Clinton 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 Clinton County:




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.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 85. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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