Greene County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°52′N 80°13′W / 39.86°N 80.22°W / 39.86; -80.22

Greene County
Greene County Courthouse
Greene County Courthouse
Official seal of Greene County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Greene County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°52′N 80°13′W / 39.86°N 80.22°W / 39.86; -80.22
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedFebruary 9, 1796
Named forNathanael Greene
SeatWaynesburg
Largest boroughWaynesburg
Area
 • Total578 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land576 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water2.0 sq mi (5 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
36,506
 • Density65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district14th
Websitewww.co.greene.pa.us

Greene County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,686.[1] Its county seat is Waynesburg.[2] Greene County was created on February 9, 1796, from part of Washington County and named for General Nathanael Greene.

Greene County is part of the Pittsburgh media market. It is in the area of southwestern Pennsylvania that was claimed by Virginia, the District of West Augusta.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 578 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 576 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.4%) is water.[3] It has a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in Waynesburg range from 28.9 °F in January to 71.9 °F in July. [1]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18008,605
181012,54445.8%
182015,55424.0%
183018,02815.9%
184019,1476.2%
185022,13615.6%
186024,34310.0%
187025,8876.3%
188028,2739.2%
189028,9352.3%
190028,281−2.3%
191028,8822.1%
192030,8046.7%
193041,76735.6%
194044,6717.0%
195045,3941.6%
196039,457−13.1%
197039,108−0.9%
198042,2538.0%
199044,1644.5%
200040,672−7.9%
201038,686−4.9%
202035,954−7.1%
[4]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 38,686 people, 14,724 households, and 9,970 families residing in the county. The population density was 67 people per square mile (25.9/km2). There were 16,678 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.6 percent White, 3.3 percent Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3 percent Asian, 0.0 percent Pacific Islander, 0.7 percent from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.2 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,724 households, out of which 29.3 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5 percent were married couples living together, 10.9 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3 percent were non-families. 27.0 percent of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7 percent 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 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 19.9 percent under the age of 18, 9.9 percent from 18 to 24, 25.5 percent from 25 to 44, 29.3 percent from 45 to 64, and 15.3 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females there were 106.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

Government and politics[edit]

Greene County was long a Democratic stronghold, due to the strong unionization of the county's steel mills; between 1932 and 2000, the Democratic presidential candidate won the county in every election except in the Republican landslide of 1972. Due to the decline of the Pittsburgh area's steel industry (similar to other Appalachian counties), and the Democratic Party's shift on cultural issues like the environment and guns, the county has shifted towards the Republican Party, and in 2016 Donald Trump won the county with 68.4% of the vote.

United States presidential election results for Greene County, Pennsylvania[6]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 12,579 71.08% 4,911 27.75% 207 1.17%
2016 10,849 68.37% 4,482 28.25% 537 3.38%
2012 8,428 57.94% 5,852 40.23% 266 1.83%
2008 7,889 48.96% 7,829 48.59% 396 2.46%
2004 7,786 50.02% 7,674 49.30% 105 0.67%
2000 5,890 43.14% 7,230 52.96% 533 3.90%
1996 4,002 29.14% 7,620 55.47% 2,114 15.39%
1992 3,482 23.01% 8,438 55.75% 3,215 21.24%
1988 4,879 34.62% 9,126 64.75% 90 0.64%
1984 6,376 40.40% 9,365 59.33% 43 0.27%
1980 5,336 37.79% 8,193 58.02% 592 4.19%
1976 5,293 37.22% 8,769 61.67% 157 1.10%
1972 7,790 57.52% 5,562 41.07% 191 1.41%
1968 5,099 35.41% 8,198 56.93% 1,104 7.67%
1964 3,896 25.42% 11,412 74.46% 19 0.12%
1960 7,498 43.70% 9,645 56.21% 16 0.09%
1956 7,562 43.45% 9,827 56.47% 14 0.08%
1952 6,964 40.68% 10,125 59.14% 30 0.18%
1948 4,717 36.47% 8,015 61.97% 202 1.56%
1944 5,747 40.49% 8,392 59.13% 53 0.37%
1940 6,726 39.62% 10,214 60.17% 36 0.21%
1936 6,359 34.42% 12,006 64.99% 109 0.59%
1932 4,808 33.42% 9,322 64.79% 258 1.79%
1928 6,910 56.18% 5,293 43.04% 96 0.78%
1924 4,590 41.82% 5,874 53.52% 512 4.66%
1920 4,253 42.41% 5,592 55.76% 183 1.82%
1916 2,096 33.93% 3,930 63.62% 151 2.44%
1912 1,150 19.00% 3,551 58.67% 1,351 22.32%
1908 2,438 37.22% 3,793 57.91% 319 4.87%
1904 2,442 41.32% 3,198 54.11% 270 4.57%
1900 2,427 39.02% 3,674 59.07% 119 1.91%
1896 2,453 36.41% 4,198 62.31% 86 1.28%
1892 2,126 33.39% 3,977 62.46% 264 4.15%
1888 2,373 35.79% 4,116 62.08% 141 2.13%


Voter registration[edit]

As of November 1, 2021, there are 22,005 registered voters in the county. The number of registered Republicans outnumbers the number of registered Democrats by a margin of 1,052 voters (4.78%); there are 10,462 registered Republicans, 9,410 registered Democrats, 1,433 voters registered non-affiliated voters, and 700 voters registered to other parties.[7]

Chart of Voter Registration

  Republican (47.54%)
  Democratic (42.76%)
  Independent (6.51%)
  Other Parties (3.18%)
Voter registration and party enrollment
Party Number of voters Percentage
Republican 10,462 47.54
Democratic 9,410 42.76
Independent 1,433 6.51
Third Parties 700 3.18
Total 22,005 100%

County commissioners[edit]

  • Mike Belding, Republican[8]
  • Betsy McClure, Republican
  • Blair Zimmerman, Democrat

Other county officials[edit]

  • President Judge, Hon. Louis Dayich
  • Associate Judge, Vacant
  • District Attorney, David Russo, Republican
  • Sheriff, Marcus Simms, Democrat
  • Coroner, Gene Rush, Republican
  • Clerk of Courts, Sherry Wise, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Susan White, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Donna Tharp, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Cory Grandel, Democrat
  • Controller, Ami Cree, Democrat

State Representative[edit]

State Senator[edit]

US Representative[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

Economy[edit]

Greene County's development commission has assisted area business since 1998.[10]

The Meadow Ridge office park has served the county since the early 2000s.[11]

Two power plant construction projects are underway in Greene County. Hill Top Energy Center, a natural gas-fired power plant with a generating capacity of 625 megawatts, is scheduled to begin operations in the summer of 2021.[12][13] A new 1,000-megawatt natural gas power plant on the site of the former Hatfield's Ferry power station is scheduled to begin operations in mid-2022.[14][15][16][17]

Education[edit]

Map of Greene County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

Greene County is divided into five public school districts.[18] There are 15 public schools that serve Greene County, Pennsylvania.[19]

Some schools within the five above districts include:

Private schools[edit]

Libraries[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Interstate Highways[edit]

State Highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Greene County Airport is a county-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) east of the central business district of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.[23]

Communities[edit]

Map of Greene County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing 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 boroughs and townships are located in Greene County:

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.

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Greene County.[24]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Waynesburg Borough 4,176
2 Fairdale CDP 2,059
3 Morrisville CDP 1,265
4 Nemacolin CDP 937
5 Bobtown CDP 757
T-6 Mather CDP 737
T-6 Mount Morris CDP 737
7 Crucible CDP 725
8 Dry Tavern CDP 697
9 Carmichaels Borough 483
10 Rices Landing Borough 463
11 West Waynesburg CDP 446
12 Jefferson Borough 270
13 Greensboro Borough 260
14 Rogersville CDP 249
15 Clarksville Borough 230
16 Wind Ridge CDP 215
17 Brave CDP 201
18 Mapletown CDP 130
19 New Freeport CDP 112

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Census 2020".
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Voter registration statistics by county". dos.pa.gov. November 2, 2021. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  8. ^ Thornberg, Ruth. "County Commissioners, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania". www.co.greene.pa.us. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Find Your Legislator". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Klopfer, Milt (September 2, 1998), "Team targets growth", Observer-Reporter, Washington, PA
  11. ^ "Robert Stephenson Named as President of RIDC; Frank Brooks Robinson, Sr. Steps Down", PR Newswire, April 17, 2003
  12. ^ Walton, Rod. "Kiewit close to completing 625-MW Hill Top CCGT plant in PA". Power Engineering. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  13. ^ Napsha, Joe. "Natural gas-fueled power plants on rise". Trib Total Media. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  14. ^ Moore, Daniel (April 5, 2017). "FirstEnergy sells part of former Hatfield power plant to gas developer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  15. ^ Niedbala, Bob. "Company receives final permit for natural gas power plant at Hatfield's Ferry". Observer-Reporter, Washington PA. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  16. ^ Tony, Mike (March 20, 2019). "Groundwater pollutants at former Hatfield's Ferry Power Station cited in environmental report". Herald-Standard, Uniontown PA. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "1,000 MW Project". American Power Ventures/APV LLC. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  18. ^ Thornberg, Ruth. "Education & Schools - Official Website for Greene County Government, Pennsylvania". www.co.greene.pa.us. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  19. ^ "Top Greene County, PA Private Schools (2018-19)". www.privateschoolreview.com. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "Open Door Christian School Profile (2018-19) - Waynesburg, PA". Private School Review. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "Explore Open Door Christian School in Waynesburg, PA". GreatSchools.org. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  22. ^ "Explore Greene Valley Christian Academ in Rices Landing, PA". GreatSchools.org. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  23. ^ FAA Airport Form 5010 for WAY PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  24. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

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