Perry County, Pennsylvania

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Perry County, Pennsylvania
Saville PA C Bridge 2.JPG
Saville Covered Bridge in Saville Township
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 22, 1820
SeatNew Bloomfield
Largest cityMarysville
Area
 • Total556 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Land554 sq mi (1,435 km2)
 • Water2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.40%
Population
 • (2010)45,969
 • Density83/sq mi (32/km²)
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.perryco.org
 
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Perry County, Pennsylvania
Saville PA C Bridge 2.JPG
Saville Covered Bridge in Saville Township
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 22, 1820
SeatNew Bloomfield
Largest cityMarysville
Area
 • Total556 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Land554 sq mi (1,435 km2)
 • Water2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.40%
Population
 • (2010)45,969
 • Density83/sq mi (32/km²)
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.perryco.org

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is one of three counties comprising the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,969.[1] The county seat is Bloomfield, which is sometimes called New Bloomfield.[2] The center of population of Pennsylvania is located in Perry County, in the borough of Duncannon.[3] Green Park, an incorporated village located in northeastern Tyrone Township, serves as Perry County’s midpoint between the Conococheague Mountain in the west and the Susquehanna River to the east.[4]

Perry County, originally part of Cumberland County, was created in 1820 in part because residents did not want to travel over the mountain to Carlisle (the county seat of Cumberland County). Perry County was created on March 22, 1820, and was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero of the War of 1812 who had recently died.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 555 square miles (1,440 km2), of which 551 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) (0.8%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
182011,342
183014,26125.7%
184017,09619.9%
185020,08817.5%
186022,79313.5%
187025,44711.6%
188027,5228.2%
189026,276−4.5%
190026,2630%
191024,136−8.1%
192022,875−5.2%
193021,744−4.9%
194023,2136.8%
195024,7826.8%
196026,5827.3%
197028,6157.6%
198035,71824.8%
199041,17215.3%
200043,6095.9%
201045,9695.4%
Est. 201245,701−0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 43,602 people, 16,695 households, and 12,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 79 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 18,941 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.8% were of German, 16.4% American, 7.8% Irish and 5.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.8% spoke English and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 16,695 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01. There is also a high population of Amish.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Perry 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 boroughs and townships are located in Perry County:

Boroughs[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Perry County is one of the most Republican counties in Pennsylvania. In 2004, George W. Bush received 13,919 votes (72%) to 5,423 votes (28%) for John Kerry. The county has voted for the Republican in every presidential election since 1964. In 2006, Lynn Swann received 9,998 votes (69%) to 4,477 votes (31%) for Ed Rendell, making it Swann's strongest county in his defeat. Rick Santorum also received more than 60% of the Perry County vote in his defeat.

Education[edit]

Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Public school districts[edit]

Intermediate unit[edit]

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15 is a state approved education agency that offers: Perry County school districts, charter schools, private schools, and home school students, a variety of services including: a completely developed K-12 curriculum that is mapped and aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards (available online), shared services, a joint purchasing program and a wide variety of special education and special needs services.

Private schools[edit]

As reported on EdNA by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Trade schools[edit]

Public Libraries[edit]

[9]

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

The county is home to four weekly newspapers, three published by Advance Publications of Perry and Juniata Counties, Inc. associated with The Patriot-News of Harrisburg: Duncannon Record, The News-Sun and Perry County Times and the separate Perry County Weekly published by The Sentinel in Carlisle, Cumberland County, by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa [1].[10]

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. ^ State Population Centers, U.S. Census Bureau
  4. ^ Hain, H. H. "History of Perry County, Pennsylvania". Hain-Moore Company, Publishers. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Early History of Perry County
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Perry County Technology Resource Sharing
  10. ^ Perry County Times and [http://www.pennlive.com/perry-county-times

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°24′N 77°16′W / 40.40°N 77.27°W / 40.40; -77.27