Blair County, Pennsylvania

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Blair County, Pennsylvania
Blair County Courthouse Apr 10.JPG
Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 26, 1846
SeatHollidaysburg
Largest cityAltoona
Area
 • Total527 sq mi (1,365 km2)
 • Land526 sq mi (1,362 km2)
 • Water1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.25%
Population
 • (2010)127,089
 • Density242/sq mi (93.3/km²)
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.blairco.org
 
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Blair County, Pennsylvania
Blair County Courthouse Apr 10.JPG
Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 26, 1846
SeatHollidaysburg
Largest cityAltoona
Area
 • Total527 sq mi (1,365 km2)
 • Land526 sq mi (1,362 km2)
 • Water1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.25%
Population
 • (2010)127,089
 • Density242/sq mi (93.3/km²)
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.blairco.org

Blair County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2010, the population was 127,089.[1] Its county seat is Hollidaysburg[2]. It was created on February 26, 1846, from parts of Huntingdon and Bedford Counties. It is part of the Altoona, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Law And Government[edit]

As of November 2008, there are 84,405 registered voters in Blair County.[3]

County commissioners[edit]

Other county offices[edit]

Pennsylvania State Senate[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,364.9 km2), of which 526 square miles (1,362.3 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.25%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Significant Topographic Features[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
185021,777
186027,82927.8%
187038,05136.7%
188052,74038.6%
189070,86634.4%
190085,09920.1%
1910108,85827.9%
1920128,33417.9%
1930139,8409.0%
1940140,3580.4%
1950139,519−0.6%
1960137,270−1.6%
1970135,356−1.4%
1980136,6210.9%
1990130,542−4.4%
2000129,144−1.1%
2010127,089−1.6%
Est. 2012127,1210.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 127,089 people and 52,159 households within the county. The population density was 246 people per square mile (95/km²). There were 55,061 housing units at an average density of 105 per square mile (40/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White, 1.68% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.0% were of German, 12.2% Irish, 10.7% Italian, 9.9% American and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 52,159 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 27.80% 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 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 19, 5.9% from 20 to 24, 11.1% from 25 to 34, 19.3% from 35 to 49, 21.4% from 50 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. The population was 48.55% male, and 51.45% female.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Blair 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 Blair County:

City[edit]

Altoona has a population of 46,148 as of July 1, 2012.

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.

Education[edit]

Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities[edit]

Penn State Altoona

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges[edit]

Public School Districts[edit]

Charter schools[edit]

VoTech school[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Data taken from Pennsylvania EdNA - PDE database of public private schools 2012

Libraries[edit]

Recreation[edit]

There is one Pennsylvania state park in Blair County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Charter Schools in Pennsylvania". Retrieved February 9, 2011. 

Coordinates: 40°28′N 78°21′W / 40.47°N 78.35°W / 40.47; -78.35