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

664 sq mi (1,720 km²)
653 sq mi (1,691 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 1.58%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

72,392
111/sq mi (43/km²)
Founded March 12, 1800
Kittanning Courthouse.jpg
Armstrong County Courthouse
Website www.co.armstrong.pa.us
Crooked Creek near Ford City in Armstrong County

Armstrong County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the population was 72,392. 2006 Census figures had the county's population at 70,096, which represents a 3% drop since 2000.[citation needed] It is located northeast of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Armstrong County was added to the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2003.

The county seat is Kittanning. The county was organized on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Lycoming Counties. It was named in honor of John Armstrong, who had represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 664 square miles (1,721 km²), of which, 654 square miles (1,694 km²) of it is land and 11 square miles (27 km²) of it (1.58%) is water.

Murphy Island, Nicholson Island, and Ross Island are within the county in the Allegheny River.

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Adjacent counties

History

The County was named after Brigadier-General John Armstrong.

Armstrong County is home to the City of Parker, an incorporated third-class city, which was an oil boom town with a population rumored to be approximately 20,000 in 1873, but now is the "Smallest City in America" with a population under 800. Parker is located in the extreme northwest part of the county.

Iron was made in the Brady's Bend area of the county twenty years before there was a foundry in Pittsburgh doing so. Ford City is home to the plate-glass industry, as John Ford created the company which later became Pittsburgh Plate Glass.

Kittanning once boasted more millionnaires than anywhere else in Pennsylvania during the 1880s.

Leechburg was the first place in the United States to use natural gas for metallurgical purposes, in 1869. Natural gas was found while drilling for oil, and eventually introduced into the boilers and furnaces of Siberian Iron Works here.

Freeport, Leechburg and Apollo were communities built along the Pennsylvania Canal, which passed through on the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas Rivers, at the southern border of the county.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 52,551
1910 67,880 29.2%
1920 75,568 11.3%
1930 79,298 4.9%
1940 81,087 2.3%
1950 80,842 −0.3%
1960 79,524 −1.6%
1970 75,590 −4.9%
1980 77,768 2.9%
1990 73,478 −5.5%
2000 72,392 −1.5%
Est. 2008 68,790 −5.0%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 72,392 people, 29,005 households, and 20,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 111 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 32,387 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.6% were of German, 10.8% Italian, 9.3% Irish, 8.7% American, 7.4% English and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 29,005 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

Politics

As of November 2008, there were 45,532 registered voters in Armstrong County.[2]

County government

County Commissioners:

  • Patricia L. Kirkpatrick, Chair (Republican)
  • Richard L. Fink, Vice-chair (Democrat)
  • James V. Scahill (Republican)

District Attorney:

Sheriff:

  • Larry Crawford (Democrat)

Controller:

  • Myra "Tammy" Miller (Republican)

Treasurer:

  • Sonie Mervis (Republican)

Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds:

  • Marianne Hileman (Republican)

Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts:

  • Brenda C. George (Republican)

Jury Commissioners:

  • Karen Shreckengost (Republican)
  • Patricia Graff Fiorina (Democrat)

Judges:

  • Kenneth G. Valasek, President Judge (Democrat)
  • James Panchik (Democrat)
  • Joseph A. Nickleach, Sr. Judge (Democrat)

Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania House Of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

Municipalities

Map of Armstrong 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 Armstrong County:

Cities

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. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Map of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Education

Colleges and universities

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 statewide, for free to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.

Libraries

There are four public libraries in Armstrong County[3]:

  • Apollo Memorial Library - Apollo, PA
  • Ford City Public Library - Ford City, PA
  • Kittanning Public Library - Kittanning, PA
  • Worthington West Franklin Community Library - Worthington, PA

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 40°49′N 79°28′W / 40.81°N 79.46°W / 40.81; -79.46


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Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
Map
File:Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Armstrong County.png
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 12, 1800
Seat Kittanning
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.58%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

72392
Website: www.co.armstrong.pa.us
Crooked Creek near Ford City in Armstrong County

Armstrong County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the population was 72,392. 2006 Census figures had the county's population at 70,096, which represents a 3% drop since 2000. It is located northeast of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Armstrong County was added to the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2003.

The county seat is Kittanning. The county was organized on March 12, 1800 from parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Lycoming Counties. It was named in honor of John Armstrong, who had represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,721 km² (664 sq mi). 1,694 km² (654 sq mi) of it is land and 27 km² (11 sq mi) of it (1.58%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

History

The County was named after Brigadier-General John Armstrong.

Armstrong County is home to the City of Parker, an incorporated third-class city, which was an oil boom town with a population rumored to be approximately 20,000 in 1873, but now is the "Smallest City in America" with a population under 800. Parker is located in the extreme northwest part of the county.

Iron was made in the Brady's Bend area of the county twenty years before there was a foundry in Pittsburgh doing so. Ford City is home to the plate-glass industry, as John Ford created the company which later became Pittsburgh Plate Glass.

Kittanning once boasted more millionnaires than anywhere else in Pennsylvania during the 1880s.

Leechburg was the first place in the United States to use natural gas for metallurgical purposes, in 1869. Natural gas was found while drilling for oil, and eventually introduced into the boilers and furnaces of Siberian Iron Works here.

Freeport, Leechburg and Apollo were communities built along the Pennsylvania Canal, which passed through on the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas Rivers, at the southern border of the county.

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 72,392 people, 29,005 households, and 20,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 43/km² (111/sq mi). There were 32,387 housing units at an average density of 19/km² (50/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 29,005 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

Politics

Armstrong County Courthouse in Kittanning

County Government

County Commissioners:

  • Patricia L. Kirkpatrick, Chairman (Republican)
  • James V. Scahill (Republican)
  • Richard L. Fink (Democrat)

District Attorney:

Sheriff:

  • Larry Crawford (Democrat)

Controller:

  • Myra "Tammy" Miller (Republican)

Treasurer:

  • Sonie Mervis (Republican)

Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds:

  • Beverly Claypool Casella (Republican)

Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts:

  • Brenda C. George (Republican)

Jury Commissioners:

  • Karen Shreckengost (Republican)
  • Patricia Graff Fiorina (Democrat)

Judges:

  • Joseph A. Nickleach, President Judge
  • Kenneth G. Valasek, Judge

Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania House Of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

Municipalities

Map of Armstrong 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 Armstrong County:

Cities

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. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Map of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Education

Colleges and universities

Public School Districts

External links

Coordinates: 40°49′N 79°28′W / 40.81, -79.46

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