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

1,558 sq mi (4,035 km²)
802 sq mi (2,077 km²)
756 sq mi (1,958 km²), 48.54%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

280,843
350/sq mi (135/km²)
Founded March 12, 1800
County flag Flag of Erie County, Pennsylvania
ErieCtyCourthouse EriePA.JPG
Erie County Courthouse
Website www.eriecountygov.org

Erie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population was 280,843. Its county seat is Erie.[1]

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,558 square miles (4,036 km²), of which, 802 square miles (2,077 km²) of it is land and 756 square miles (1,959 km²) of it (48.54%) is water. There are only two cities in Erie County; the City of Erie and the City of Corry.

Erie County is bordered on the northeast by Chautauqua County, New York, on the east by Warren County, on the south by Crawford County, and on the west by Ashtabula County, Ohio. Directly north of the county is Lake Erie, with the nearest landmass beyond it being the province of Ontario, Canada.

History

Erie County was established on March 12, 1800 from part of Allegheny County, which absorbed the lands of the disputed Erie Triangle in 1792. Prior to 1792, the region was claimed by both New York and Pennsylvania, so no county demarcations were made until the federal government intervened. See interactive Pennsylvania County Formation Maps

Since Erie County and its newly-established neighboring counties of Crawford, Mercer, Venango, and Warren were initially unable to sustain themselves, a five-county administrative organization was established at Crawford County's Meadville to temporarily manage government affairs in the region. Erie elected its own county officials in 1803.[2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 280,843 people, 106,507 households, and 71,040 families residing in the county. The population density was 350 people per square mile (135/km²). There were 114,322 housing units at an average density of 143 per square mile (55/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.90% White, 6.13% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 2.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.4% were of German, 12.5% Polish, 12.3% Italian, 10.1% Irish, 6.5% English and 6.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 106,507 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.50% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 10.80% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

Government and politics

The county seat of government is in Erie, Pennsylvania. The county has a home-rule charter and is run by a county executive. The Erie County Executive as of June 2007 is Mark A. DiVecchio. The remaining elected officials of the executive branch are the Erie County Controller, Erie County Coroner, Erie County District Attorney, Erie County Sheriff, and Erie County Clerk. see latest list

The county executive appoints a chief public defender to the Erie County Public Defender's Office [4] and members of a Criminal Justice Advisory Board [5].

Erie County Department of Public Safety and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) relocated to a new public safety building located near the Erie County Vocational Technical School in Summit Township in January 2008. 9-1-1 dispatcher and HAZMAT operations will be based at the new facility. Seven new communications towers and backup power generation will be features of the new reinforced concrete building, which will be able to withstand a Category F3 tornado. Erie County Department of Corrections operates the Erie County Prison, which is located on Ash Street between East 18th Street and the railroad tracks in Erie.

+ Erie County Executives
Name Party Term
Russell Robison Republican 1978 – 1982
Judith M. Lynch Democrat 1982 – 2002
Richard Schenker Republican 2002 – 2006
Mark A. DiVecchio Democrat 2006 – 2010
Barry Grossman (Incumbent) Democrat 2010 –
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County legislature

The legislature consists of a county council. The Erie County Council is made up of seven councilmen elected to represent seven geographical districts. see map A chairman and vice chairman are chosen among the councilmen to lead the council.

  • Phil Fatica, Democrat (District 1 - west city)
  • Joseph F. Giles, Democrat (Vice Chairman, District 2 - city lakefront)
  • Fiore Leone, Democrat (Chairman, District 3 - south central city)
  • Ronald Cleaver, Democrat (also known as Whitey Cleaver) (District 4 - southeast city)
  • Kyle W. Foust, Democrat (District 5 - northeast suburbs)
  • David E. Mitchell, Republican (District 6 - southeast suburbs)
  • Carol J. Loll, Republican (District 7 - west suburbs).

Judiciary

The judiciary is made up of nine judges serving the Erie County Court of Common Pleas and forty-six magisterial district judges serve the district courts. Court administration is managed by a district court administrator, deputy court administrator, and assistant court administrator. The Erie County Courthouse is located on Perry Square in downtown Erie.

Row officers

  • Clerk of Records, Pat Fetzner, Democrat
  • Controller, Sue Weber, Democrat
  • Coroner, Lyell Cook, Democrat
  • District Attorney, Bradley Foulk, Republican (deceased); currently held by Jack Daneri
  • Sheriff, Bob Merski, Democrat

Politics

As of November 2008, there are 185,081 registered voters in Erie County [1].

Erie County tends to be Democratic-leaning in statewide elections, with all four statewide winners carrying it in 2008. The margins of victory for the Democratic Presidential candidate in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections in Erie County were 9, 8, and 20 percentage points, respectively.

Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

Municipalities

Map of Erie 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 Erie 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.

Education

Public School Districts

Map of Erie County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Recreation

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Erie County and both are on the shores of Lake Erie.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ History of Erie County, Pennsylvania. Chicago: Warner, Beers and Company, 1884. Volume I, Part II, Chapter I, pg 137
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Erie County Public Defenders Office, Access to Justice, 2006
  5. ^ JNET

External links

Coordinates: 42°06′N 80°06′W / 42.10°N 80.10°W / 42.10; -80.10


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Erie County, Pennsylvania
Map
File:Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Erie 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 Erie
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 48.54%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

280843
Website: www.eriecountygov.org

Erie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population was 280,843. Its county seat is Erie6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,036 km² (1,558 sq mi). 2,077 km² (802 sq mi) of it is land and 1,959 km² (756 sq mi) of it (48.54%) is water. There are only two cities in Erie County; the City of Erie and the City of Corry.

Erie County is bordered on the northeast by Chautauqua County, on the east by Warren County, on the south by Crawford County, and on the west by Ashtabula County. Directly north of the county is Lake Erie, with the nearest landmass beyond it being the province of Ontario, Canada.

History

Erie County was established on 12 March 1800 from part of Allegheny County, which absorbed the lands of the disputed Erie Triangle in 1792. Prior to 1792, the region was claimed by both New York and Pennsylvania, so no county demarcations were made until the federal government intervened. See interactive Pennsylvania County Formation Maps

Since Erie County and its newly-established neighboring counties of Crawford, Mercer, Venango, and Warren were initially unable to sustain themselves, a five-county administrative organization was established at Crawford County's Meadville to temporarily manage government affairs in the region. Erie elected its own county officials in 1803. [1]

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 280,843 people, 106,507 households, and 71,040 families residing in the county. The population density was 135/km² (350/sq mi). There were 114,322 housing units at an average density of 55/km² (143/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 90.90% White, 6.13% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 2.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 106,507 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.50% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 10.80% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

Government

The county seat of government is in Erie.

Executive

The county is run by a county executive. The Erie County Executive as of June 2007 is Mark A. DiVecchio. The remaining elected officials of the executive branch are the Erie County Controller, Erie County Coroner, Erie County District Attorney, Erie County Sheriff, and Erie County Clerk. see latest list

The county executive appoints a chief public defender to the Erie County Public Defender's Office [2] and members of a Criminal Justice Advisory Board [3].

Erie County Department of Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) expect to relocate to a new public safety building located near the Erie County Vocational Technical School in Summit Township by mid-September 2007. 9-1-1 dispatcher and HAZMAT operations will be based at the new facility. Seven new communications towers and backup power generation will be features of the new reinforced concrete building, which will be able to withstand a Category F3 tornado..

Erie County Department of Corrections operates the Erie County Prison, which is located on Ash Street between East 18th Street and the railroad tracks in Erie.

Legislature

The legislature consists of a county council. The Erie County Council is made up of seven councilmen elected to represent seven geographical districts. see map A chairman and vice chairman are chosen among the councilmen to lead the council. The council as of June 2007 consists of Fiore Leone (Chairman, District 3 - south central city), Joseph F. Giles (Vice Chairman, District 2 - city lakefront), Charley T. Augustine (District 1 - west city), Ronald Cleaver (also known as Whitey Cleaver) (District 4 - southeast city), Kyle W. Foust (District 5 - northeast suburbs), David E. Mitchell (District 6 - southeast suburbs), and Carol J. Loll (District 7 - west suburbs).

Judiciary

The judiciary is made up of nine judges serving the Erie County Court of Common Pleas and forty-six magisterial district judges serve the district courts. Court administration is managed by a district court administrator, deputy court administrator, and assistant court administrator. The Erie County Courthouse is located on Perry Square in downtown Erie.

Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

Municipalities

Map of Erie County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).
Erie County Courthouse, Erie

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 Erie 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.

Unincorporated communities

Education

Public School Districts

Map of Erie County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Recreation

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Erie County and both are on the shores of Lake Erie.

References

  1. ^ History of Erie County, Pennsylvania. Chicago: Warner, Beers and Company, 1884. Volume I, Part II, Chapter I, pg 137
  2. ^ Erie County Public Defenders Office, Access to Justice, 2006 [1]
  3. ^ JNET

External links

Coordinates: 42°06′N 80°06′W / 42.10, -80.10

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