Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
|Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 26, 1773|
|• Total||1,036 sq mi (2,683 km2)|
|• Land||1,028 sq mi (2,663 km2)|
|• Water||8.5 sq mi (22 km2), 0.8%|
|• Density||348/sq mi (134/km²)|
|Congressional districts||9th, 12th, 14th, 18th|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Westmoreland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. At the 2010 census, the population was 365,169. The county seat is Greensburg. Cut from Lancaster, Northumberland, and later Bedford Counties, Westmoreland County was founded on February 26, 1773 and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania in which its entire territorial boundary was located west of the Allegheny Mountains. Westmoreland County originally included the present-day counties of Fayette, Washington, Greene, and parts of Beaver, Allegheny, Indiana, and Armstrong counties. It is named for Westmorland, a historic county of England.
A major coal strike occurred in the county in the winter of 1910–11.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,036 square miles (2,680 km2), of which 1,028 square miles (2,660 km2) is land and 8.5 square miles (22 km2) (0.8%) is water.
- Armstrong County (north)
- Indiana County (northeast)
- Cambria County (east)
- Somerset County (southeast)
- Fayette County (south)
- Washington County (southwest)
- Allegheny County (west)
- Butler County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2000 census, there were 369,993 people, 149,813 households and 104,569 families residing in the county. The population density was 361 per square mile (139/km²). There were 161,058 housing units at an average density of 157 per square mile (61/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of German, 18.5% Italian, 9.7% Irish, 8.9% Polish, 6.7% English, 5.2% Slovak and 5.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 149,813 households of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.
22.00% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.
Politics and government
The Democratic Party had been historically dominant in county-level politics, however Westmoreland has trended Republican at the national and statewide levels. In 2000, Republican George W. Bush won 51% and Democrat Al Gore won 45%. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won 56% and Democrat John Kerry won 43%. In 2008, Republican John McCain won 57% to Democrat Barack Obama's 41%. Governor Ed Rendell lost Westmoreland in both 2002 and 2006. In 2008 Republican Tim Krieger picked up the 57th House district left open by the retirement of Democrat Tom Tangretti. In 2010, both Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett won Westmoreland in their statewide bids. Also the GOP gained control of two more State House districts, the 54th with Eli Evankovich and the 56th with George Dunbar. In 2011, the Republican Party swept all county row offices
- Gina Cerilli, Chairman, Democrat
- Ted Kopas, Democrat
- Charles Anderson, Republican
Other county officials
- Clerk of Courts, Bryan Kline, Republican
- Controller, Jeff Balzer, Republican
- Coroner, Kenneth Bacha, Democrat
- District Attorney, John Peck, Democrat
- Prothonotary, Christina O'Brien, Democrat
- Recorder of Deeds, Tom Murphy, Democrat
- Register of Wills, Michael H Ginsburg, Republican
- Sheriff, Jonathan Held, Republican
- Treasurer, Jared M Squires, Republican
State House of Representatives
|55||Joseph Petrarca, Jr.||Democrat|
|58||R. Ted Harhai||Democrat|
|32||Patrick J. Stefano||Republican|
|41||Donald C. White||Republican|
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
Public school districts
- Belle Vernon Area School District (Also in Fayette County)
- Blairsville-Saltsburg School District (Also in Indiana County)
- Burrell School District
- Derry Area School District
- Franklin Regional School District
- Greater Latrobe School District
- Greensburg-Salem School District
- Hempfield Area School District
- Jeannette City School District
- Kiski Area School District (Also in Armstrong County)
- Leechburg Area School District (Also in Armstrong County)
- Ligonier Valley School District
- Monessen City School District
- Mount Pleasant Area School District
- New Kensington–Arnold School District
- Norwin School District
- Penn-Trafford School District (also in Allegheny County)
- Southmoreland School District (also in Fayette County)
- Yough School District
Public charter schools
- Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School grades 7th through 12th Latrobe (since 2008)
Private high school
Colleges and universities
- Penn State New Kensington
- Seton Hill University
- Saint Vincent College
- Westmoreland County Community College
- University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
- Carlow College at Greensburg
There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Westmoreland County.
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 Westmoreland County:
- East Vandergrift
- Hyde Park
- Laurel Mountain
- Mount Pleasant
- New Alexandria
- New Florence
- New Stanton
- North Belle Vernon
- North Irwin
- South Greensburg
- Southwest Greensburg
- Trafford (partly in Allegheny County)
- West Leechburg
- West Newton
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.
- Ruffs Dale
- Scab Hill
- Standard Shaft
- Westmoreland City
- Franklin Township - now known as Murrysville, Pennsylvania
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Westmoreland County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)
|16||Trafford (partially in Allegheny County)||Borough||3,174|
|26||North Belle Vernon||Borough||1,971|
|28||St. Vincent College||CDP||1,357|
- David Alter, born in Westmoreland County, noted inventor
- Pete Babando, former NHL Hockey player, played for 1950 Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings, born in Braeburn neighborhood of the City of Lower Burrell.
- George Blanda, Hall of Fame football player, born in Youngwood.
- D.J. Coffman, comic book artist and writer, creator of Hero By Night. Born in Mt. Pleasant. Resides in Scottdale.
- Johnny Costa, jazz pianist, was born and raised in Arnold.
- Jesse Root Grant, Father of Ulysses Grant General and President born in Greensburg.
- Shirley Jones, Academy Award–winning actress and singer, grew up in Smithton.
- Sheila Kelley, American actor, born and raised in Greensburg, Pa. Founder of Sheila Kelley S Factor movement.
- Bill Mazeroski, Hall of Fame baseball player
- Michael Moorer, boxer
- Arnold Palmer, golfer, was born and raised in Latrobe.
- Terrelle Pryor NFL quarterback, attended Jeannette high school.
- Fred Rogers, television personality, was born, raised and lived in Latrobe; buried in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township just outside Latrobe.
- Arthur St. Clair. American Revolution Major General, buried in Greensburg, Pa.
- Willie Thrower, football player, was born and raised in New Kensington.
- Jim White, KMOX radio talk show host, born and raised in Greensburg, Pa.
- Jacob Zimmerman (born 1831), newspaper editor, newspaper owner, Illinois politician, mine owner, real estate entrepreneur, and businessman.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.|
- official Westmoreland County website
- InWestmoreland: a directory of Westmoreland County
- Westmoreland County Historical Society
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