Cameron County, Pennsylvania

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Cameron County, Pennsylvania
Cameron County Courthouse, Emporium, PA.jpg
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cameron County
Location in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 29, 1860
Named for Simon Cameron
Seat Emporium
Largest borough Emporium
Area
 • Total 398 sq mi (1,031 km2)
 • Land 396 sq mi (1,026 km2)
 • Water 2.2 sq mi (6 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 4,677
 • Density 12/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.cameroncountypa.com
Footnotes:
Designated September 14, 1982[1]

Cameron County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,085,[2] making it Pennsylvania's least populous county. Its county seat is Emporium.[3] The county was created on March 29, 1860, from parts of Clinton, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties. It is named for Senator Simon Cameron.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 398 square miles (1,030 km2), of which 396 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 4,273
1880 5,159 20.7%
1890 7,238 40.3%
1900 7,048 −2.6%
1910 7,644 8.5%
1920 6,297 −17.6%
1930 5,307 −15.7%
1940 6,852 29.1%
1950 7,023 2.5%
1960 7,586 8.0%
1970 7,096 −6.5%
1980 6,674 −5.9%
1990 5,913 −11.4%
2000 5,974 1.0%
2010 5,085 −14.9%
Est. 2016 4,677 [5] −8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2016[2]

As of the 2000 census,[10] there were 5,974 people, 2,465 households, and 1,624 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 4,592 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.83% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.5 were of German, 13.5% American, 13.3% Italian, 10.9% Irish, 8.2% English and 5.8% Polish ancestry.

There were 2,465 households, out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 30.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.40% 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 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

Law and government

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 71.9% 1,589 24.0% 531 4.1% 90
2012 64.0% 1,359 34.1% 724 2.0% 42
2008 58.6% 1,323 39.0% 879 2.4% 55
2004 66.5% 1,599 33.0% 794 0.5% 13
2000 61.6% 1,383 34.7% 779 3.7% 84
1996 49.9% 1,113 36.8% 822 13.3% 296
1992 43.8% 1,173 30.8% 824 25.4% 681
1988 65.2% 1,731 33.9% 901 0.9% 23
1984 67.1% 2,031 32.7% 990 0.3% 8
1980 59.2% 1,795 36.7% 1,112 4.1% 123
1976 54.3% 1,616 44.3% 1,319 1.4% 42
1972 68.5% 1,935 29.3% 828 2.3% 64
1968 59.0% 1,822 35.7% 1,104 5.3% 164
1964 41.9% 1,376 58.0% 1,904 0.2% 5
1960 61.1% 2,129 38.8% 1,353 0.1% 5
1956 74.5% 2,462 25.5% 841 0.0% 1
1952 69.1% 2,307 30.5% 1,020 0.4% 14
1948 64.8% 1,596 34.8% 858 0.5% 11
1944 60.6% 1,729 39.1% 1,115 0.3% 9
1940 55.2% 1,793 44.6% 1,450 0.3% 8
1936 53.2% 1,801 45.4% 1,538 1.4% 46
1932 64.3% 1,438 33.5% 748 2.2% 50
1928 75.5% 1,564 24.2% 501 0.3% 6
1924 77.2% 1,366 14.7% 260 8.1% 144
1920 68.1% 1,364 24.8% 497 7.1% 143
1916 59.2% 713 37.5% 452 3.3% 40
1912 30.1% 388 22.6% 291 47.3% 610
1908 65.7% 1,110 31.6% 533 2.7% 46
1904 73.8% 1,228 24.3% 404 2.0% 33
1900 63.6% 971 33.7% 514 2.8% 42
1896 59.6% 925 37.1% 575 3.4% 52
1892 52.4% 829 44.3% 701 3.4% 53
1888 58.1% 782 41.0% 551 0.9% 12

County-row offices

  • County Commissioners: Lori J. Reed, Chairman (R); H. James Thomas (D); Phil Jones (D)
  • Sheriff: Allen Neyman (R)
  • Prothonotary/Clerk/Register/Recorder: Mary Grace Olay (R)
  • Treasurer: Staci Brown (R)
  • Jeanne Miglicio: District Attorney (I)

State Senate

State House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate

Education

Public school districts

Recreation

There are three Pennsylvania state parks that are partly in Cameron County.

The West Creek Rail Trail has been built on the abandoned rail corridor between Emporium and St. Mary's in Elk County. It provides a paved surface with guard rails and is suitable for hiking or biking in the warm seasons or snowmobiling in winter.[12]

The Fred Woods Trail offers a 4.57 mile loop of blazed trail with scenic valley views and a challenging section running through unique rock formations. The trailhead is accessed off Mason Hill Road above Driftwood, PA.[13][14][15]

Communities

Map of Cameron 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 Cameron County:

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated place

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Cameron County.[16]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Emporium 2,073 Borough 1864
2 Prospect Park 327 CDP
3 Driftwood 67 Borough 1872

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. ^ http://www.traillink.com/project/west-creek-recreational-trail.aspx
  13. ^ http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003252.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.visitpa.com/pa-hiking/fred-woods-trail
  15. ^ http://www.wapitiwoods.com/fredwoodstrail.htm
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 

External links

Coordinates: 41°26′N 78°12′W / 41.44°N 78.20°W / 41.44; -78.20

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