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

910 sq mi (2,357 km²)
904 sq mi (2,341 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), 0.64%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

381,751
422/sq mi (163/km²)
Founded August 19, 1749
Website www.york-county.org

York County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2004, the estimated population was 401,613. York County is located in the Susquehanna Valley, a large fertile agricultural region in South Central Pennsylvania.

York County was created on August 19, 1749, from part of Lancaster County and named either for the Duke of York, an early patron of the Penn family, or for the city and shire of York in England. Its county seat is the city of York.[1]

Based on the Articles of Confederation having been adopted in York by the Second Continental Congress on November 15, 1777, the local government and business community began referring to York in the 1960s as the first capital of the United States of America. The designation has been debated by historians ever since.[2] Congress considered York, and the borough of Wrightsville, located on the eastern side of York County along the Susquehanna River, as a permanent capital of the United States before Washington, D.C. was selected.[3]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 910 square miles (2,358 km²), of which, 904 square miles (2,343 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km²) of it (0.64%) is water. The county is bound to its eastern border by the Susquehanna River. Its southern border is the Mason-Dixon Line, which separates Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

A farm in York County, Pennsylvania

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 381,751 people, 148,219 households, and 105,531 families residing in the county. The population density was 422 people per square mile (163/km²). There were 156,720 housing units at an average density of 173 per square mile (67/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.76% White, 3.69% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.96% of the population. 42.0% were of German, 12.6% American, 7.7% Irish, 6.4% English and 5.1% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.8% spoke English and 2.9% Spanish as their first language.

There were 148,219 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 23.30% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

The York-Hanover Metropolitan Statistical Area is the fastest-growing metro area in the Northeast region, and is ranked nationally among the fastest-growing in the nation, according to the "2006 Population Estimates for Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas" (U.S. Census Bureau). The estimates listed York-Hanover as the 95th fastest-growing metro area in the nation, increasing 9.1 percent between 2000 and 2006.

York County is home to Martin's Potato Chips in Thomasville, Utz Quality Foods, Inc. in Hanover, Snyder's of Hanover in Hanover, Gibble's Potato Chips in York, Wolfgang Candy in York, The Bon-Ton in York, Dentsply in York, and a major manufacturing branch of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Politics and government

As of November 2008, there are 299,414 registered voters in York County [1].

County commissioners

  • M. Steve Chronister, Chairman, Republican
  • Christopher B. Reilly, Vice-chairman, Republican
  • Doug Hoke, Democrat

Other county offices

  • Clerk of Courts, Don O'Shell, Republican
  • Controller, Robb Green, Republican
  • Coroner, Barry Bloss, Republican
  • District Attorney, H. Stanley Rebert, Republican
  • Prothonotary, Pamela S. Lee, Republican
  • Recorder of Deeds, Randy Reisinger, Republican
  • Register of Wills, Bradley C. Jacobs, Republican
  • Sheriff, Richard P. Keuerleber III, Republican
  • Treasurer, Barbara Bair, Republican

Pennsylvania State Senate

District Senator Party
13 Gibson E. Armstrong Republican
15 Jeffrey Piccola Republican
28 Mike Waugh Republican
31 Patricia H. Vance Republican
33 Richard Alloway Republican

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

District Representative Party
47 Keith J. Gillespie Republican
92 Scott Perry Republican
93 Ronald E. Miller Republican
94 Stanley E. Saylor Republican
95 Eugene A. DePasquale Democrat
193 Steven R. Nickol Republican
196 Seth Grove Republican

United States House of Representatives

District Representative Party
19 Todd Platts Republican

United States Senate

Senator Party
Arlen Specter Democrat
Bob Casey Democrat

Municipalities in York County

Map of York 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 York 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

Map of York County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public School Districts

Public Vo-Tech Schools

Notable residents

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. ^ McClure, Jim (December 9, 2007). "York: 'The first capital of the United States?'". York Town Square. York Daily Record/Sunday News. http://www.yorktownsquare.com/2007/12/first-capital-et-al-1.html. Retrieved 2009-05-17.  
  3. ^ "1776-1789". York Daily Record/Sunday News. September 14, 2006. http://ydr.inyork.com/ntbf/ci_4336786. Retrieved 2009-05-16.  
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 39°55′N 76°44′W / 39.92°N 76.73°W / 39.92; -76.73


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York County, Pennsylvania
Seal of York County, Pennsylvania
Map
File:Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County.png
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded August 19, 1749
Seat York
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.64%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

381751
Website: www.york-county.org

York County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2004, the estimated population was 401,613. York County is located in the Susquehanna Valley, a large fertile agricultural region in South Central Pennsylvania.

York County was created on August 19, 1749 from part of Lancaster County and named either for the Duke of York, an early patron of the Penn family, or for the city and shire of York in England. Its county seat is the city of York6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,358 km² (910 sq mi). 2,343 km² (904 sq mi) of it is land and 15 km² (6 sq mi) of it (0.64%) is water. The county is bound to its eastern border by the Susquehanna River. Its southern border is the Mason-Dixon Line, which separates Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

A farm in York County, Pennsylvania

As of the census² of 2000, there were 381,751 people, 148,219 households, and 105,531 families residing in the county. The population density was 163/km² (422/sq mi). There were 156,720 housing units at an average density of 67/km² (173/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 92.76% White, 3.69% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.96% of the population.

There were 148,219 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 23.30% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

Politics

As of May 2007, there are 276,546 registered voters in York County [1].

Law and Government

Pennsylvania State Senate

District Senator Party
13 Gibson Armstrong Republican
15 Jeffrey Piccola Republican
28 Michael Waugh Republican
31 Patricia H. Vance Republican
33 Terry Punt Republican

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

District Representative Party
47 Keith J. Gillespie Republican
92 Scott Perry Republican
93 Ronald E. Miller Republican
94 Stanley E. Saylor Republican
95 Eugene A. DePasquale Democrat
193 Steven R. Nickol Republican
196 Beverly Mackereth Republican

United States House of Representatives

District Representative Party
19 Todd Platts Republican

United States Senate

Senator Party
Arlen Specter Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

Municipalities in York County

Map of York 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 York 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

Map of York County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public School Districts

Notable residents

References

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

External links

Coordinates: 39°55′N 76°44′W / 39.92, -76.73

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at York County, Pennsylvania. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.
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