Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
|Clearfield County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 29, 1822|
|• Total||1,154 sq mi (2,989 km2)|
|• Land||1,145 sq mi (2,966 km2)|
|• Density||71/sq mi (27/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Designated||September 17, 1982|
Clearfield County is a
- History of Townships in Clearfield County, PA
-  History of Clearfield County
-  Clearfield County Fair
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- Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania#Highest Point on 80
- Indian old field
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
|1||DuBois||7,794||City||1881 (borough) 1914 (city)|
|8||Falls Creek (mostly in Jefferson County)||1,037||Borough|
|32||Lumber City||76||Former Borough||1857 (dissolved 2014)|
† county seat
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Clearfield County.
Unincorporated areas are region of land that are not parts of any incorporated boroughs, cities, or towns.
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.
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 Clearfield County:
- Bilger's Rocks
- Clearfield Armory
- Dimeling Hotel
- McGees Mills Covered Bridge
- St. Severin's Old Log Church
Points of interest
|3133||Chetremon Golf Course||2 miles north of Cherry Tree in Burnside Township Clearfield County||10||http://www.chetremon.com/|
|3274||Grandview Golf Club||1 mile south of Lumber City||18||http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/pennsylvania-golf-courses/curwensville-golf-courses/grandview-golf-club|
|Bear Run Reservoir||Pike Township||West Branch of the Susquehanna River|
|Chest Creek||Chest Township||West Branch of the Susquehanna River|
|Clearfield Reservoir||Pike Township||West Branch of the Susquehanna River|
|Curwensville Lake||Pike Township||West Branch of the Susquehanna River|
|DuBois Reservoir||Union Township near Home Camp|
|Duck Marshes||northern Girard Township near Elk County line|
|Irvona Reservoir||Chest Township||Clearfield Creek|
|Lake Sabula||Sandy Township near Sabula|
|Laurel Run (Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek)||Huston Township in Parker Dam State Park||Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek|
|Moose Creek Reservoir||Lawrence Township near Mt. Joy||West Branch of the Susquehanna River|
|Parker Lake||Huston Township in Parker Dam State Park||Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek|
|Penfield Reservoir||Huston Township near Hoovertown||Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek|
|Treasure Lake||Sandy Township Treasure Lake|
|Tyler Reservoir||Huston Township near Tyler||Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek|
|West Branch of the Susquehanna River||Most of central & eastern Clearfield County including Mahaffey, Curwensville, and Clearfield||Susquehanna River|
|34||Medix Run||Benezette, Covington, Girard, Goshen Townships||8,000||bear, dear, turkey|
|77||Clear Run||Sandy Township||3,038||bear, dear, rabbit, squirrel|
|78||Bigler||Bradford & Graham Townships||721||bear, deer, turkey|
|87||Irishtown||Bell & Penn Townships||10,422||dear, grouse, turkey|
|90||Goshen||Goshen & Lawrence Townships||3,958||bear, deer, turkey|
|93||Sabula||Union & Huston Townships||4,876||bear, deer, turkey|
|94||Lecontes Mills||Goshen & Lawrence Townships||2,108||bear, deer, turkey|
|98||Blue Ball (West Decatur)||Boggs & Decatur Townships||1,172||dear, rabbit, turkey|
Clearfield County is also home to the largest wild area in Pennsylvania, the Quehanna Wild Area. A culturally and historically significant natural formation of massive sandstone megaliths can be found at Bilger's rocks.
There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Clearfield County.
- Clearfield County Public Library - Curwensville
- Curwensville Public Library
- DuBois Public Library -
- Glendale Public Library - Coalport
- Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library - Clearfield
- Butchers Run Amish School
- Clearfield Alliance Christian School
- DuBois Area Catholic Elementary School
- DuBois Area Catholic High School
- DuBois Christian Schools
- Golden Yoke School
- Milestones Achievement Center
- Mount Calvary Christian Academy
- New Story (DuBois)
- Otterbein Christian Academy
- Paint & Play School (DuBois)
- Scenic View School
- St Francis Grade School
- Weber Road School
- Quehanna Boot Camp - Karthaus
- SCI-Houtzdale - Houtzdale
Correctional institution schools
- Central IU 10 - West Decatur
- Clearfield Area School District
- Curwensville Area School District
- DuBois Area School District (also in Jefferson County)
- Glendale School District (also in Cambria County)
- Harmony Area School District (also in Indiana County)
- Moshannon Valley School District
- Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District (also in Centre County)
- Purchase Line School District (also in Indiana County)
- West Branch Area School District (also in Clinton County)
Public school districts
Community, junior and technical colleges
- Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania at Clearfield, Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania State University at DuBois
Colleges and universities
United States Senate
|5||Glenn "G.T." Thompson||Republican|
United States House of Representatives
|74||Thomas R. Sankey, III||Republican|
State House of Representatives
|25||Joseph B. Scarnati||Republican|
|35||John N. Wozniak||Democrat|
|41||Donald C. White||Republican|
- Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, William A. Shaw, Democrat
- Controller, Antonio Scotto, Republican
- Coroner, J. Michael Morris, Republican
- District Attorney, William A. Shaw Jr., Democrat
- Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Maurene Inlow, Republican
- Sheriff, Wesley Thurston, Republican
- Treasurer, Carol Fox, Democrat
Other county offices
- John Sobel, Republican
- Joan McMillen, Republican
- Mark McCracken, Democrat
While the county registration tends to be evenly matched between Democrats and Republicans, the county trends Republican in statewide elections. In 2006, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. received 55% of its vote when he unseated incumbent Republican US Senator Rick Santorum and Ed Rendell received 50.2% of the vote against Lynn Swann. Each of the three row-office statewide winners carried Clearfield in 2008.
- Democratic: 21,565 (42.41%)
- Republican: 23,497 (46.21%)
- Libertarian: 272 (0.53%)
- No Party Affiliation: 2,492 (4.90%)
- Other parties: 3,020 (5.94%)
As of October 2014, there are 50,846 registered voters in Clearfield County.
Politics and government
The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Clearfield County as the DuBois, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census the micropolitan area ranked 6th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 64th most populous in the United States with a population of 81,642. Clearfield County is also a part of the State College-DuBois, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), which combines the populations of both Clearfield and Centre County areas, as well as the State College area. The Combined Statistical Area ranked 9th in the State of Pennsylvania and 123rd most populous in the United States with a population of 235,632.
Micropolitan Statistical Area
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.
There were 32,785 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.
As of the census of 2000, there were 83,382 people, 32,785 households, and 22,916 families residing in the county. The population density was 73 people per square mile (28/km2). There were 37,855 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.40% White, 1.49% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.9% were of German, 13.6% American, 10.2% English, 9.9% Irish, 9.1% Italian and 6.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
The mountainous terrain of the county made traffic difficult for early settlers. Various Native American paths and trails crossing the area were used intermittently by settlers, invading armies, and escaped slaves travelling north along the Underground Railroad. A major feature located in Bloom Township, Pennsylvania within the county is known as Bilger's rocks and exhibits fine examples of exposed sandstone bedrock that was created during the formation of the Appalachian Mountains.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,154 square miles (2,990 km2), of which 1,145 square miles (2,970 km2) is land and 9.2 square miles (24 km2) (0.8%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Pennsylvania by land area and fourth-largest by total area. The West Branch Susquehanna River flows through the county bisecting the county seat along the way.
The two major industries of the county in the mid-1800s until the early 1900s was lumber and coal. Lumber was still being floated down the West Branch of the Susquehanna up until 1917. Coal remains the main industry of the county to this day.
The first board of county commissioners to the county were Roland Curtin, James Fleming and James Smith, all appointed by Governor McKean in 1805. The first act the commissioners did was to create a local government or seat of the newly created county. They came upon land owned at the time by Abraham Witmer at a village known as Chincleclamousche, named after the Native American chief of the Cornplanter's tribe of Senecas. Clearfield became the new name of the old village.
Location of county government
Clearfield County was formed by the Act of Assembly by the second Governor of Pennsylvania at the time, Thomas McKean on March 26, 1804. The county was created from parts of the already created counties of Huntingdon and Lycoming. The name for the county was most likely derived from the many cleared fields of the valleys surrounding Clearfield Creek and West Branch of the Susquehanna River, formed by the bison herds and also by old corn fields of prior Native Americans tribes.
- Location of county government 1.1
- Early industry 1.2
- Major highways 2.1
- Adjacent counties 2.2
- Demographics 3
- Micropolitan Statistical Area 4
Politics and government 5
- County commissioners 5.1
- Other county offices 5.2
- State Senate 5.3
- State House of Representatives 5.4
- United States House of Representatives 5.5
- United States Senate 5.6
- Correctional facilities 6
- Colleges and universities 7.1
- Community, junior and technical colleges 7.2
- Public school districts 7.3
- Intermediate unit 7.4
- Correctional institution schools 7.5
- Private schools 7.6
- Libraries 7.7
- Camping 8.1
- Hunting/fishing 8.2
- Sporting 8.3
- Points of interest 8.4
- City 9.1
- Boroughs 9.2
- Townships 9.3
- Census-designated places 9.4
- Unincorporated communities 9.5
- Population ranking 9.6
- See also 10
- References 11
- External links 12