McKean County, Pennsylvania

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McKean County, Pennsylvania
McKean County Courthouse.jpg
McKean County Courthouse
Seal of McKean County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting McKean County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 26, 1804
Named forThomas McKean
SeatSmethport
Largest cityBradford
Area
 • Total984 sq mi (2,549 km2)
 • Land979 sq mi (2,536 km2)
 • Water5 sq mi (13 km2), 0.26%
Population
 • (2010)43,450
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district5th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.mckeancountypa.org
 
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Not to be confused with McKean, Pennsylvania.
McKean County, Pennsylvania
McKean County Courthouse.jpg
McKean County Courthouse
Seal of McKean County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting McKean County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 26, 1804
Named forThomas McKean
SeatSmethport
Largest cityBradford
Area
 • Total984 sq mi (2,549 km2)
 • Land979 sq mi (2,536 km2)
 • Water5 sq mi (13 km2), 0.26%
Population
 • (2010)43,450
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district5th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.mckeancountypa.org

McKean County is a rural county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,450.[1] Its county seat is Smethport.[2] The county was named in honor of former Pennsylvania Governor and Declaration of Independence signer Thomas McKean.[citation needed]

McKean County comprises the Bradford, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in a sparsely populated region known as the "Pennsylvania Wilds", including the Allegheny National Forest and borders New York. McKean County is home of "The Zippo Lighter" and boasts of being "The Black Cherry Capital of the World."

McKean County was founded because of its natural resources of oil and timber, both of which continue to provide a significant input to the economy. Today, a university, rural medical center, and a number of manufacturing companies balance the economy of this area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 984 square miles (2,550 km2), of which 979 square miles (2,540 km2) is land and 5 square miles (13 km2) (0.5%) is water.[3]

Micropolitan Statistical Area[edit]

The United States Office of Management and Budget[4] has designated McKean County as the Bradford, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA).[5] As of the 2010 U.S. Census[6] the micropolitan area ranked 13th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 277th most populous in the United States with a population of 43,450.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major roads[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
1810142
1820728412.7%
18301,43997.7%
18402,975106.7%
18505,25476.6%
18608,85968.6%
18708,825−0.4%
188042,565382.3%
189046,86310.1%
190051,3439.6%
191047,868−6.8%
192048,9342.2%
193055,16712.7%
194056,6732.7%
195056,607−0.1%
196054,517−3.7%
197051,915−4.8%
198050,653−2.4%
199047,131−7.0%
200045,963−2.5%
201043,450−5.5%
Est. 201243,127−0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 45,936 people, 18,024 households, and 12,094 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 21,644 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.46% White, 1.87% Black, 0.32% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.9% were of German, 13.3% Irish, 12.6% Italian, 11.2% American, 8.7% Swedish and 8.6% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18,024 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 28.30% 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 2.40 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.70 males.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of McKean 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 cities, boroughs and townships are located in McKean County:

City[edit]

Boroughs[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Village[edit]

Education[edit]

Map of McKean County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public school districts[edit]

The 500 school districts of Pennsylvania were ranked for student academic achievement by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2008.

Private schools[edit]

As reported by EdNA, Pennsylvania Department of Education, June 2010.

Libraries[edit]

Other education entities[edit]

Recreation[edit]

There is one Pennsylvania state park in McKean County. Kinzua Bridge State Park is between U.S. Route 6 and Pennsylvania Route 59, just east of the Allegheny National Forest near Mount Jewett. When it was built, it was the highest and longest railroad bridge in the world. It was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of Parks as one of "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" and is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. A tornado destroyed much of the bridge in 2003.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb
  5. ^ http://www.census.gov/econ/census/media/forms/pa.html
  6. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 41°49′N 78°27′W / 41.817°N 78.450°W / 41.817; -78.450