Elk County, Pennsylvania
Elk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,946. Its county seat is Ridgway. The county was created on April 18, 1843, from parts of Jefferson, Clearfield and McKean Counties, and is named for the Eastern elk that historically inhabited the region.
|Elk County, Pennsylvania|
County courthouse in Ridgway
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
|Founded||April 18, 1843|
|Named for||Eastern elk|
|Largest city||St. Marys|
|• Total||832 sq mi (2,155 km2)|
|• Land||827 sq mi (2,142 km2)|
|• Water||4.9 sq mi (13 km2), 0.6%|
|• Density||37/sq mi (14/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC−5/−4|
- McKean County (north)
- Cameron County (east)
- Clearfield County (south)
- Jefferson County (southwest)
- Forest County (west)
- Warren County (northwest)
National protected areaEdit
- Allegheny National Forest (part)
State protected areasEdit
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 35,112 people, 14,124 households, and 9,745 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 18,115 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.7% English or Welsh, 20.5% were of German, 13.1% American, 10.6% Italian, 6.9% Irish, 4.2% Scotch-Irish, 2.9% Polish, and 1.8% Swedish ancestry.
There were 14,124 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
Politics and governmentEdit
As of November 2008, there were 20,523 registered voters in Elk County .
Elk County tends to be politically competitive in statewide and national elections. The county was carried by George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. The county was carried by Barack Obama in 2008 and by Mitt Romney in 2012 over Obama's victorious ticket.
The county used to be seen as a bellwether county in federal elections, with the winner carrying it in each election from 1920 to 2008, except for 1928 when Al Smith carried the county with nearly 60% of the vote over winner Herbert Hoover, 1940 when Wendell Willkie carried the county with a very slim margin of 29 votes over incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in 1968, when Hubert Humphrey won it over eventual winner Richard Nixon
The three state row offices winners also carried Elk and Democratic incumbent State Representative Dan Surra lost after nine terms to Republican Matt Gabler in 2008.
- Daniel Freeburg, Chairman, Republican
- Janis Kemmer, Republican
- Matt Quesenberry, Democrat
Other county officesEdit
- Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Susanne Schneider, Republican
- Coroner, Michelle Muccio, Republican
- District Attorney, Shawn McMahon,
- Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Pete Weidenboerner, Democrat
- Sheriff, Todd Caltagarone, Republican
- Treasurer, Peggy Schneider, Democrat
Public school districtsEdit
- Brockway Area School District
- Forest Area School District
- Kane Area School District
- Johnsonburg Area School District
- Ridgway Area School District
- Saint Marys Area School District
All children living in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may also choose to attend one of 12 public cyber charter schools that are licensed in the state.
Children in Elk County are also served by Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine. The Intermediate Unit is located at 499 Spruce Street in Saint Marys. The IU serves all schools (public, private, charter) in Cameron County, Elk County, McKean County and Potter County. IU9 serves 15,761 public school students in fourteen school districts and 1,673 non-public school students in nineteen schools. Intermediate Unit Nine covers an area of 3,300 square miles with a population of 105,102.
- Elk County Catholic High School
- St Boniface School - Kersey
- St Leo School - Ridgway
- St Marys Catholic Elementary School = Saint Marys
- St Marys Catholic Middle School = Saint Marys
- North Central Workforce Investment Board - Ridgway
- Anne Forbes Nursery School - Ridgway
- Elk County Library System - Saint Marys
- Johnsonburg Public Library - Johnsonburg
- Ridgway Free Public Library - Ridgway
- Saint Marys Public Library - Saint Marys
- Tri State Coll Library Co-Op - Rosemont
- Wilcox Public Library - Wilcox
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 Elk County:
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)
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