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

558 sq mi (1,445 km²)
525 sq mi (1,360 km²)
32 sq mi (83 km²),
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

251,798
479/sq mi (185/km²)
Founded March 4, 1785
Dauphin County Courthouse.jpg
Website www.dauphincounty.org

Dauphin County (pronounced /ˈdɔːfɪn/) is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is one of the three counties comprising the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2004, the population was estimated at 253,282. The county includes the city of Harrisburg, which has served as the state capital since 1812.

Dauphin County was created on March 4, 1785, from part of Lancaster County and was named after Louis-Joseph, Dauphin of France the first son of Louis XVI. Louis-Joseph's title of Dauphin signified that he was the heir apparent to the throne of France. The county seat is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital and tenth largest city.[1]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 558 square miles (1,450 km2), of which, 525 square miles (1,360 km2) of it is land and 32 square miles (83 km2) of it (5.78%) is water. The county is bound to its western border by the Susquehanna River.

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Adjacent counties

Major Highways

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 251,798 people, 102,670 households, and 66,119 families residing in the county. The population density was 479 people per square mile (185/km²). There were 111,133 housing units at an average density of 212 per square mile (82/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.11% White, 16.91% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.96% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 4.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.2% were of German, 7.5% Irish, 7.3% American and 7.2% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 91.8% spoke English and 3.9% Spanish as their first language.

According to 2005 estimates, 73.9% of the county's population was non-Hispanic whites. 17.8% of the population was African-Americans. 2.5% were Asians. Latinos now were 5.0% of the population.[3]

In 2000 there were 102,670 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.60% were married couples living together, 12.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.60% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.80 males.

Politics and government

As of November 2008, there are 192,743 registered voters in Dauphin County [1].

Like most of the rest of the Susquehanna Valley, Dauphin County was once reliably Republican, and the commissioner majority and all county row offices remain in Republican hands. However, there has been a decided shift toward the Democrats in recent years, who overtook the Republican countywide registration during the summer of 2008. Bob Casey Jr. carried the county in the 2006 Senate election when he unseated Rick Santorum. According to the Dauphin County Board of Elections, in 2008 Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Dauphin County since 1964, receiving 9.0% more of the vote than John McCain. The other three statewide winners (Rob McCord for Treasurer, Jack Wagner for Auditor General, and Tom Corbett for Attorney General) also carried Dauphin. [2]

County commissioners

  • Jeffrey Haste, Chairman, Republican
  • Dominic DiFrancesco II, Republican
  • George P. Hartwick III, Democrat

Other county offices

  • Clerk of Courts, Lowell Witmer, Republican
  • Controller, Marie Rebuck, Republican
  • Coroner, Graham Hetrick, Republican
  • District Attorney, Ed Marsico, Republican
  • Prothonotary, Steve Farina, Republican
  • Recorder of Deeds, Jim Zugay, Republican
  • Register of Wills, Sandy Snyder, Republican
  • Sheriff, Jack Lotwick, Republican
  • Treasurer, Janis Creason, Republican

State Representatives

State Senate

US House of Representatives

Municipalities in Dauphin County

Map of Dauphin 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 Dauphin County:

Cities

  • Harrisburg is the only incorporated city in Dauphin County.

Boroughs

Townships

Unincorporated and 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.

Census-designated places

Unincorporated villages

Education

Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities

Public School Districts

Library system

The Dauphin County Library System provides library service to the residents of the county through a main library in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and seven branch libraries. DCLS is a private, non-profit corporation. It is governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees, five appointed annually by the Dauphin County Commissioners, and twelve elected for three-year terms. The library is a member of the Pennsylvania library system.

Recreation

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Dauphin County.

Both of the these parks are among the newest state parks in Pennsylvania.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 40°25′N 76°47′W / 40.41°N 76.79°W / 40.41; -76.79


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Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Map
File:Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County.png
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 4, 1785
Seat Harrisburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

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

251798
Website: www.dauphincounty.org

Dauphin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is one of the four counties comprising the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area. As of 2004, the population was estimated at 253,282. The county includes the city of Harrisburg, which has served as the state capital since 1812.

Dauphin County was created on March 4, 1785 from part of Lancaster County and was named after Louis-Joseph the first son of Louis XVI. Louis-Joseph's title of Dauphin signified that he was the heir apparent to the throne of France. The county seat is Harrisburg.6

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,444 km² (558 sq mi). 1,360 km² (525 sq mi) of it is land and 84 km² (32 sq mi) of it (5.78%) is water. The county is bound to its western border by the Susquehanna River.

Adjacent counties

Major Highways



Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 251,798 people, 102,670 households, and 66,119 families residing in the county. The population density was 185/km² (479/sq mi). There were 111,133 housing units at an average density of 82/km² (212/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 77.11% White, 16.91% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.96% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 4.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.2% were of German, 7.5% Irish, 7.3% American and 7.2% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

According to 2005 estimates, 73.9% of the county's population was non-Hispanic whites. 17.8% of the population was African-Americans. 2.5% were Asians. Latinos now were 5.0% of the population.[1]

In 2000 there were 102,670 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.60% were married couples living together, 12.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.60% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.80 males.

Politics

As of May 2007, there are 176,760 registered voters in Dauphin County [1].

Municipalities in Dauphin County

Map of Dauphin 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 Dauphin County:

Cities

  • Harrisburg is the only incorporated city in Dauphin County.
See also: List of Harrisburg neighborhoods

Boroughs

Townships

Unincorporated and 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.

Education

Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities

Public School Districts

Recreation

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Dauphin County.

Both of the these parks are among the newest state parks in Pennsylvania.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 40°25′N 76°47′W / 40.41, -76.79

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