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Adams County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Seat Gettysburg
Largest city Gettysburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

522 sq mi (1,352 km²)
520 sq mi (1,347 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.29%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

91,292
176/sq mi (68/km²)
Founded January 22, 1800
Named for second President of the United States, John Adams
Gettysburg ELPMemorial.jpg
Eternal Light Peace Memorial at Gettysburg Battlefield
Website www.adamscounty.us

Adams County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the population was 91,292. It was created on January 22, 1800, from part of York County and named in honor of the second President of the United States, John Adams. Its county seat is Gettysburg[1].

Contents

Law and government

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Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania House Of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 522 square miles (1,351 km²), of which, 520 square miles (1,347 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.29%) is water. The Bourough of Gettysburg is located at the center of Adams County. This county seat community is surrounded on three sides by the Gettysburg National Military Park (GNMP). The Eisenhower National Historic Site adjoins GNMP on its southwest edge. Most of Adams County's rural landscapes and its mid-19th century roadway pattern remain intact today. Thirteen historic roadways converge at or near Gettysburg Borough. Two circular rings of towns surround Gettysburg; the first ring is typically found at a distance of about 7 miles (11 km) form Gettysburg. The second ring is found at a distance of 12 to 15 miles (24 km) from the County Seat. This "spokes and wheel" pattern represents one of the few examples of Central Place Theory in the Eastern United States.

The county is in the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay and is drained by the Susquehanna River and Potomac River.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 34,496
1910 34,319 −0.5%
1920 34,583 0.8%
1930 37,128 7.4%
1940 39,435 6.2%
1950 44,197 12.1%
1960 51,906 17.4%
1970 56,937 9.7%
1980 68,292 19.9%
1990 78,274 14.6%
2000 91,292 16.6%
Est. 2008 101,119 10.8%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 91,292 people, 33,652 households, and 24,767 families residing in the county. The population density was 176 people per square mile (68/km²). There were 35,831 housing units at an average density of 69 per square mile (27/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.39% White, 1.21% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 3.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.7% were of German, 14.1% American, 8.5% Irish and 7.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.0% spoke English and 3.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 33,652 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

Municipalities

Map of Adams County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing 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 boroughs and townships are located in Adams County:

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data, but are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Education

Map of Adams County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges

Public School Districts

The 498 school districts of Pennsylvania, that have high schools, were ranked for student academic achievement as demonstrated by three years of math and reading PSSA results by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2008.

  • Pennsylvania has 11 public cyber charter schools that are available for free statewide, to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.

Transportation

Bus transportation

Public bus service in Adams County is available through the Adams County Transit Authority.

Road transportation

Interstates

No Interstates pass through Adams County.

US Highway System

U.S. Route 15 enters Adams County, Pennsylvania south of Gettysburg. Business Route 15 (Emmitsburg Road) goes through Gettysburg, while US 15 bypasses the borough. The bypass continues to York Springs. US 15 then leaves Adams County and passes through Dillsburg in York County.

Pennsylvania Highway System

Notable residents

Recreation

There is one Pennsylvania state park in Adams County.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 39°52′N 77°13′W / 39.87°N 77.22°W / 39.87; -77.22


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Adams County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Adams County, Pennsylvania
Map
File:Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Adams County.png
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded January 22, 1800
Seat Gettysburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.29%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

91292
Website: www.adamscounty.us

Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the population was 91,292. It was created on January 22, 1800 from part of York County and named in honor of the second President of the United States, John Adams. Its county seat is Gettysburg6.

Contents

Law and government

Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania House Of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,351 km² (522 sq mi). 1,347 km² (520 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.29%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 91,292 people, 33,652 households, and 24,767 families residing in the county. The population density was 68/km² (176/sq mi). There were 35,831 housing units at an average density of 27/km² (69/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.39% White, 1.21% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 3.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.7% were of German, 14.1% American, 8.5% Irish and 7.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.


There were 33,652 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

Municipalities

Map of Adams County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing 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 boroughs and townships are located in Adams County:

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data, but are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Education

Map of Adams County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges

Public School Districts

Notable residents

Recreation

There is one Pennsylvania state park in Adams County.

References

    1. ^ a b c (1963) Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 

External links

Coordinates: 39°52′N 77°13′W / 39.87, -77.22

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