Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Greensburg-pennsylvania-courthouse.jpg
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Westmoreland County
Location in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1773
Named for Westmorland
Seat Greensburg
Largest city Murrysville
Area
 • Total 1,036 sq mi (2,683 km2)
 • Land 1,028 sq mi (2,663 km2)
 • Water 8.5 sq mi (22 km2), 0.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 357,956
 • Density 348/sq mi (134/km²)
Congressional districts 9th, 12th, 14th, 18th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.westmoreland.pa.us

Westmoreland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. At the 2010 census, the population was 365,169.[1] The county seat is Greensburg.[2] Cut from Lancaster, Northumberland, and later Bedford Counties, Westmoreland County was founded on February 26, 1773 and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania in which its entire territorial boundary was located west of the Allegheny Mountains. Westmoreland County originally included the present-day counties of Fayette, Washington, Greene, and parts of Beaver, Allegheny, Indiana, and Armstrong counties. It is named for Westmorland, a historic county of England.

Westmoreland County is included in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A major coal strike occurred in the county in the winter of 1910–11.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,036 square miles (2,680 km2), of which 1,028 square miles (2,660 km2) is land and 8.5 square miles (22 km2) (0.8%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major Highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 16,019
1800 22,726 41.9%
1810 26,392 16.1%
1820 30,540 15.7%
1830 38,400 25.7%
1840 42,699 11.2%
1850 51,726 21.1%
1860 53,736 3.9%
1870 58,719 9.3%
1880 78,036 32.9%
1890 112,819 44.6%
1900 160,175 42.0%
1910 231,304 44.4%
1920 273,568 18.3%
1930 294,995 7.8%
1940 303,411 2.9%
1950 313,179 3.2%
1960 352,629 12.6%
1970 376,935 6.9%
1980 392,294 4.1%
1990 370,321 −5.6%
2000 369,993 −0.1%
2010 365,169 −1.3%
Est. 2015 357,956 [4] −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

At the 2000 census,[9] there were 369,993 people, 149,813 households and 104,569 families residing in the county. The population density was 361 per square mile (139/km²). There were 161,058 housing units at an average density of 157 per square mile (61/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of German, 18.5% Italian, 9.7% Irish, 8.9% Polish, 6.7% English, 5.2% Slovak and 5.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 149,813 households of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.

22.00% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.

Politics and government[edit]

In November 2008, there are 249,147 registered voters in Westmoreland County.[10]

The Democratic Party had been historically dominant in county-level politics, however Westmoreland has trended Republican at the national and statewide levels. In 2000, Republican George W. Bush won 51% and Democrat Al Gore won 45%. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won 56% and Democrat John Kerry won 43%. In 2008, Republican John McCain won 57% to Democrat Barack Obama's 41%. Governor Ed Rendell lost Westmoreland in both 2002 and 2006. In 2008 Republican Tim Krieger picked up the 57th House district left open by the retirement of Democrat Tom Tangretti. In 2010, both Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett won Westmoreland in their statewide bids. Also the GOP gained control of two more State House districts, the 54th with Eli Evankovich and the 56th with George Dunbar. In 2011, the Republican Party swept all county row offices[11]

Presidential elections[edit]

2016 Donald Trump 116,42 (63.56) Hillary Clinton 59,506 (32.49)[12]

2012 Mitt Romney 103,932 (61.3%) Barack Obama 63,722 (37.6%)

2008 John McCain 102,294 (57.6%) Barack Obama 72,721 (41.0%)

2004 George W. Bush 100,087 (56.0%) John Kerry 77,774 (43.5%)

2000 George W. Bush 80,858 (52.0%) Al Gore 71,792 (46.2%)

1996 Bill Clinton 63,686 (44.2%) Bob Dole 62,058 (43.1%)

1992 Bill Clinton 69,817 (45.0%) George H. W. Bush 47,315 (30.5%)

1988 Michael Dukakis 76,710 (55.1%) George H. W. Bush 61,472 (44.1%)

1984 Walter Mondale 79,906 (52.4%) Ronald Reagan 71,377 (46.8%)

1980 Jimmy Carter 68,627 (49.2%) Ronald Reagan 63,140 (45.6%)

1976 Jimmy Carter 74,217 (54.5%) Gerald Ford 59,172 (43.5%)

1972 Richard Nixon 75,085 (54.6%) George McGovern 59,322 (43.1%)

1968 Hubert Humphrey 81,833 (55.0%) Richard Nixon 52,206 (35.1%)

1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 107,131 (71.7%) Barry Goldwater 41,493 (27.8%)

1960 John F. Kennedy 85,641 (55.3%) Richard Nixon 68,825 (44.4%)

County commissioners[edit]

  • Gina Cerilli, Chairman, Democrat
  • Ted Kopas, Democrat
  • Charles Anderson, Republican

Other county officials[edit]

  • Clerk of Courts, Bryan Kline, Republican
  • Controller, Jeff Balzer, Republican
  • Coroner, Kenneth Bacha, Democrat
  • District Attorney, John Peck, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Christina O'Brien, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Tom Murphy, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Michael H Ginsburg, Republican
  • Sheriff, Jonathan Held, Republican
  • Treasurer, Jared M Squires, Republican

State House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
25 Joseph Markosek Democrat
52 Ryan Warner Republican
54 Eli Evankovich Republican
55 Joseph Petrarca, Jr. Democrat
56 George Dunbar Republican
57 Eric Nelson Republican
58 R. Ted Harhai Democrat
59 Mike Reese Republican

State Senate[edit]

District Senator Party
32 Patrick J. Stefano Republican
38 Randy Vulakovich Republican
39 Kim Ward Republican
41 Donald C. White Republican
45 Jim Brewster Democrat
46 Camera Bartolotta Republican

United States House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party
12 Keith Rothfus Republican
14 Mike Doyle Democratic
18 Tim Murphy Republican

United States Senate[edit]

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

Education[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Public charter schools[edit]

  • Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School grades 7th through 12th Latrobe (since 2008)

According to EdNA[13]

Private high school[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Recreation[edit]

Autumn on a small state road near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Laurel Mountains.

There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Westmoreland County.

Communities[edit]

Map of Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County:

Cities[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]

Former community[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Westmoreland County.[17]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Murrysville Municipality 20,079
2 Greensburg City 14,892
3 New Kensington City 13,116
4 Lower Burrell City 11,761
5 Jeannette City 9,654
6 Latrobe City 8,338
7 Monessen City 7,720
8 Vandergrift Borough 5,205
9 Arnold City 5,157
10 Mount Pleasant Borough 4,454
11 Scottdale Borough 4,384
12 Level Green CDP 4,020
13 Irwin Borough 3,973
14 Loyalhanna CDP 3,428
15 Manor Borough 3,239
16 Trafford (partially in Allegheny County) Borough 3,174
17 Youngwood Borough 3,050
18 Derry Borough 2,688
19 Delmont Borough 2,686
20 West Newton Borough 2,633
21 Lawson Heights CDP 2,194
22 New Stanton Borough 2,173
23 Southwest Greensburg Borough 2,155
24 South Greensburg Borough 2,117
25 Lynnwood-Pricedale CDP 2,031
26 North Belle Vernon Borough 1,971
27 Ligonier Borough 1,573
28 St. Vincent College CDP 1,357
29 West Leechburg Borough 1,294
30 Calumet CDP 1,241
31 Fellsburg CDP 1,180
32 Collinsburg CDP 1,125
33 Avonmore Borough 1,011
34 Norvelt CDP 948
35 Export Borough 917
36 North Irwin Borough 846
37 Oklahoma Borough 809
38 Herminie CDP 789
39 Hostetter CDP 740
40 New Florence Borough 689
41 Yukon CDP 677
42 East Vandergrift Borough 674
43 Sutersville Borough 605
44 Millwood CDP 566
45 New Alexandria Borough 560
46 Bradenville CDP 545
47 Grapeville CDP 538
48 Mammoth CDP 525
49 Hyde Park Borough 500
50 Seward Borough 495
51 Wyano CDP 484
52 Penn Borough 475
53 Bolivar Borough 465
54 Smithton Borough 399
55 Madison Borough 397
56 Slickville CDP 388
57 Arona Borough 370
58 Youngstown Borough 326
59 Hunker Borough 291
60 Crabtree CDP 277
61 Webster CDP 255
62 Adamsburg Borough 172
63 Laurel Mountain Borough 167
64 Harrison City CDP 134
65 Donegal Borough 120

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2].
  12. ^ http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=1960
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Education Names and Addresses, 2012
  14. ^ http://history.rays-place.com/pa/west-franklin.htm
  15. ^ http://www.usgwarchives.net/maps/pa/county/westmo/1867/
  16. ^ http://www.pa-roots.com/westmoreland/townships/franklin/index.html
  17. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/
  18. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°19′N 79°28′W / 40.31°N 79.47°W / 40.31; -79.47