Beaver County, Pennsylvania facts for kids
|Beaver County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 12, 1800|
444 sq mi (1,150 km²)
435 sq mi (1,127 km²)
9.3 sq mi (24 km²), 2.1%
388/sq mi (150/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Designated:||July 5, 1982|
Beaver County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 170,539. Its county seat is Beaver. The county was created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties. It took its name from the Beaver River.
Beaver County is part of the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 9.3 square miles (24 km2) (2.1%) is water.
Bodies of water
- The Ohio River flows north through Beaver County from a point near Ambridge, then turns west near Beaver and on to the Ohio and West Virginia borders. It divides the southern third of the county from the northern two-thirds.
- The Beaver River flows south from Lawrence County entering Beaver County near Koppel and continuing south to its confluence with the Ohio near Beaver.
- Lawrence County (north)
- Butler County (east)
- Allegheny County (southeast)
- Washington County (south)
- Hancock County, West Virginia (west)
- Columbiana County, Ohio (west)
- Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Raccoon Creek State Park, a Pennsylvania state park
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 181,412 people, 72,576 households, and 50,512 families residing in the county. The population density was 418 people per square mile (161/km²). There were 77,765 housing units at an average density of 179 per square mile (69/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 5.96% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.0% were of German, 17.4% Italian, 9.9% Irish, 6.5% English, 6.4% Polish and 5.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 72,576 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 26.90% 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 2.96.
In the county, the age distribution of the population shows 22.60% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.
- Birth rate
Beaver County's live birth rate was 2,437 births in 1990. Beaver County's live birth rate in 2000 was 1,891 births, while in 2011 it had declined to 1,690 babies. Over the past 50 years (1960 to 2010), rural Pennsylvania saw a steady decline in both the number and proportion of residents under 18 years old. In 1960, 1.06 million rural residents, or 35 percent of the rural population, were children.
- Teen Pregnancy rate
Beaver County reported 1,069 babies born to teens (age15-19) in 2011. In 2015, the number of teen births in Beaver County was 1,025.
- County poverty demographics
According to research by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which is a legislative Agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the poverty rate for Beaver County was 11.7% in 2014. The statewide poverty rate was 13.6% in 2014. The 2012 childhood poverty rate by school district was: Ambridge Area School District – 40.6% living at 185% or below than the Federal Poverty Level, Aliquippa School District – 82.7%, Beaver Area School District – 17.4%, Big Beaver Falls Area School District – 71.3%, Blackhawk School District – 27.9%, Central Valley School District – 30.8%, Freedom Area School District – 40.8%, Hopewell Area School District – 24.9%, Midland Borough School District – 64.9%, New Brighton Area School District – 54.4%, Riverside Beaver County School District – 31.9%, Rochester Area High School – 66.3%, South Side Area School District – 31.5%, and Western Beaver County School District – 36.5%. The child poverty rate is collected by the school districts as part of the federal free school lunch program.
Beaver County offers many shops and places to eat. Beaver County is home to the Beaver Valley Mall located in Center Township which is home to hundreds of shops and restaurants.
Near Koppel there is Buttermilk Falls, a naturally occurring waterfall.
- I-76 / Penna. Tpk.
- US 30 / Lincoln Highway
- Pennsylvania Route 18
- Pennsylvania Route 51
- Pennsylvania Route 65
- Pennsylvania Route 68
- Pennsylvania Route 151
- Pennsylvania Route 168
- Pennsylvania Route 351
- Beaver County Airport
- Zelienople Municipal Airport
Public transit is provided by the Beaver County Transit Authority.
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 Beaver County:
- Beaver (county seat)
- Big Beaver
- East Rochester
- Ellwood City (mostly in Lawrence County)
- Frankfort Springs
- New Brighton
- New Galilee
- Patterson Heights
- South Heights
- West Mayfield
- Harmony Township
- Patterson Township
- Borough Township – established in 1804 from the small southeast corner of South Beaver Township. In 1970, it was renamed Vanport Township.
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Beaver County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
|1||Aliquippa||9,438||City||1928 (borough) 1987 (city)|
|2||Beaver Falls||8,987||City||1868 (borough) 1928 (city)|
|4||Ellwood City (partially in Lawrence County)||7,921||Borough|
|12||Harmony Township||3,197||CDP and Township||1851|
|13||Patterson Township||3,029||CDP and Township||1845|
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