Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Greensburg-pennsylvania-courthouse.jpg
Seal of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Westmoreland County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 26, 1773
Named forWestmorland
SeatGreensburg
Largest cityGreensburg
Area
 • Total1,036 sq mi (2,683 km2)
 • Land1,025 sq mi (2,655 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.05%
Population
 • (2010)365,169
 • Density360/sq mi (139/km²)
Congressional districts9th, 12th, 14th, 18th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.co.westmoreland.pa.us
 
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Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Greensburg-pennsylvania-courthouse.jpg
Seal of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Westmoreland County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 26, 1773
Named forWestmorland
SeatGreensburg
Largest cityGreensburg
Area
 • Total1,036 sq mi (2,683 km2)
 • Land1,025 sq mi (2,655 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.05%
Population
 • (2010)365,169
 • Density360/sq mi (139/km²)
Congressional districts9th, 12th, 14th, 18th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.co.westmoreland.pa.us

Westmoreland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 365,169.[1] The county seat is Greensburg.[2]Cut from Lancaster, Northumberland, and later Bedford County, Westmoreland County was founded on February 26, 1773 and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania 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, as well as the much larger Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV Combined Statistical Area.

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

Politics and government[edit]

As of November 2008, there are 249,147 registered voters in Westmoreland County [3]

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[4]

Presidential election results since 1960[edit]

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]

Other county officials[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

DistrictRepresentativeParty
25Joseph MarkosekDemocrat
52Deberah KulaDemocrat
54Eli EvankovichRepublican
55Joseph A. PetrarcaDemocrat
56George DunbarRepublican
57Tim KriegerRepublican
58R. Ted HarhaiDemocrat
59Mike ReeseRepublican

Pennsylvania State Senate[edit]

DistrictSenatorParty
32Rich KasunicDemocrat
38Jim FerloDemocrat
39Kim WardRepublican
41Donald C. WhiteRepublican
45Sean LoganDemocrat
46J. Barry StoutDemocrat

United States House of Representatives[edit]

DistrictRepresentativeParty
12Keith RothfusRepublican
14Mike DoyleDemocratic
18Tim MurphyRepublican

United States Senate[edit]

SenatorParty
Pat ToomeyRepublican
Bob CaseyDemocrat

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,036 square miles (2,684 km²), of which 1,025 square miles (2,656 km²) is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) (1.05%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
179016,019
180022,72641.9%
181026,39216.1%
182030,54015.7%
183038,40025.7%
184042,69911.2%
185051,72621.1%
186053,7363.9%
187058,7199.3%
188078,03632.9%
1890112,81944.6%
1900160,17542.0%
1910231,30444.4%
1920273,56818.3%
1930294,9957.8%
1940303,4112.9%
1950313,1793.2%
1960352,62912.6%
1970376,9356.9%
1980392,2944.1%
1990370,321−5.6%
2000369,993−0.1%
2010365,169−1.3%
Est. 2013362,437−0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 369,993 people, 149,813 households, and 104,569 families residing in the county. The population density was 361 people 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 out 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.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.00% 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.

Municipalities[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.

Other Communities[edit]

County Population Ranking[edit]

The following is a rank of the seventy-three populated areas of Westmoreland County in order of population during the 2000 census.

county seat

RankCity/Town/etc.Population (2000 Census)Municipal typeIncorporated
1Murrysville18,872Municipality1976 (municipality)
2Greensburg14,892 (2010)City1799
3New Kensington13,116 (2010)City1891
4Lower Burrell11,761 (2010)City1959 (city)
5Jeanette9,654 (2010)City1889 (borough) 1938 (city)
6Latrobe8,338 (2010)City1854 (borough) 1999 (city)
7Monessen7,720 (2010)City1898 (borough) 1921 (city)
8Vandergrift5,455Borough
9Arnold5,157 (2010)City1896 (borough) 1939 (city)
10Scottdale4,772Borough1874
11Mount Pleasant4,728Borough1828
12Irwin4,366Borough1864
13Youngwood4,138Borough1902
14Loyalhanna3,415CDP
15Trafford (partialy in Allegheny County)3,174 (2010)Borough1904
16West Newton3,083Borough1842
17Manor2,796Borough1884
18Derry2,688 (2010)Borough1881
19Delmont2,497Borough1833
20Southwest Greensburg2,398Borough1890
21Lawson Heights2,339CDP
22South Greensburg2,280Borough1891
23North Belle Vernon2,107Borough1876
24New Stanton1,906Borough
25Calumet-Norvelt1,682CDP
26Ligonier1,573 (2010)Borough1834
27West Leechburg1,290Borough1928
28Oklahoma915Borough1931
29Export895Borough1911
30North Irwin879Borough1894
31Herminie856CDP
32Avonmore820Borough
33New Florence784Borough1865
34East Vandergrift742Borough1901
35Grapeville676CDP
36Sutersville636Borough1902
37New Alexandria595Borough1834
38Madison510Borough1876
39Bolivar501Borough1863
40Hyde Park500 (2010)Borough1898
41Seward484Borough1904
42Penn460Borough1859
43Smithton444Borough1901
44Arona407Borough1895
45Youngstown400Borough1831
46Slickville372CDP
47Hunker329Borough1929
48Crabtree320CDP
49Adamsburg221Borough1841
50Laurel Mountain185Borough1982
51Donegal165Borough1867
52Harrison City155CDP

Education[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Public Charter Schools[edit]

According to EdNA [8]

Private high school[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Notable people[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.

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. ^ [1].
  4. ^ [2].
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Education Names and Addresses, 2012
  9. ^ 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