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

556 sq mi (1,440 km²)
554 sq mi (1,435 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.40%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

43,602
78/sq mi (30/km²)
Founded March 22, 1820
Website www.perryco.org

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is one of three counties comprising the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2004, the population was 44,652. The center of population of Pennsylvania is located in Perry County, in the borough of Duncannon [1].

Perry County, originally part of Cumberland County, was created in 1820 in part because residents did not want to travel over the mountain to Carlisle (the county seat of Cumberland County). Perry County's county seat is New Bloomfield[1]. It was created on March 22, 1820, and was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, who had recently died.

The village of Green Park in northeastern Tyrone Township serves as the county's midpoint between the Conococheague Mountain in the west and the Susquehanna River to the east. As of October 2009, Perry County was one of only two counties in Pennsylvania without a permanent traffic light. However, since then a traffic light has been approved for Marysville and may be installed during 2010 at the Jct. of PA 850 & US Route 11 & US Route 15

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 556 square miles (1,439 km²), of which, 554 square miles (1,434 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.40%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 26,263
1910 24,136 −8.1%
1920 22,875 −5.2%
1930 21,744 −4.9%
1940 23,213 6.8%
1950 24,782 6.8%
1960 26,582 7.3%
1970 28,615 7.6%
1980 35,718 24.8%
1990 41,172 15.3%
2000 43,609 5.9%
Est. 2008 45,185 3.6%


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 43,602 people, 16,695 households, and 12,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 79 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 18,941 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.8% were of German, 16.4% American, 7.8% Irish and 5.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.8% spoke English and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 16,695 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01. There is also a high population of Amish.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

Municipalities

Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

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 Perry County:

Boroughs

Townships

Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Politics

Perry County is one of the most Republican counties in Pennsylvania. In 2004, George W. Bush received 13,919 votes (72%) to 5,423 votes (28%) for John Kerry. The county has voted for the Republican in every presidential election since 1964. In 2006, Lynn Swann received 9,998 votes (69%) to 4,477 votes (31%) for Ed Rendell, making it Swann's strongest county in his defeat. Rick Santorum also received more than 60% of the Perry County vote in his defeat.

United States Senate

Senator Party
Arlen Specter Democrat
Bob Casey Democrat

Education

Public School Districts

Private Schools

Media

Newspapers

The county is home to three weekly newspapers, all published by Advance Publications of Perry and Juniata Counties, Inc.: Duncannon Record, The News-Sun and Perry County Times.[3]

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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Perry County Times

External links

Coordinates: 40°24′N 77°16′W / 40.40°N 77.27°W / 40.40; -77.27


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Perry County, Pennsylvania
Map
File:Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Perry County.png
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 22, 1820
Seat New Bloomfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.40%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

43602
Website: www.perryco.org

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is one of four counties comprising the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area. As of 2004, the population is 44,652. The center of population of Pennsylvania is located in Perry County, in the borough of Duncannon [1].

Its county seat is New Bloomfield6. It was created on March 22, 1820, and was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, who had recently died. As of August 2005, it was one of only two counties in Pennsylvania without a permanent traffic light.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,439 km² (556 sq mi). 1,434 km² (554 sq mi) of it is land and 6 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.40%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 43,602 people, 16,695 households, and 12,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 30/km² (79/sq mi). There were 18,941 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (34/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,695 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

Accent and dialect

The dominant speech pattern in Perry County is the Central Pennsylvania accent.

Municipalities

Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

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 Perry County:

Boroughs

Townships

Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Politics

Perry County is one of the most Republican counties in Pennsylvania. In 2004, George W. Bush received 13,919 votes (72%) to 5,423 votes (28%) for John Kerry. The county has voted for the Republican in every presidential election since 1964. In 2006, Lynn Swann received 9,998 votes (69%) to 4,477 votes (31%) for Ed Rendell, making it Swann's strongest county in his defeat. Rick Santorum also received more than 60% of the Perry County vote in his defeat.

Education

Public School Districts

External links

Coordinates: 40°24′N 77°16′W / 40.40, -77.27

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