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Blair County
Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg
Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
Founded February 26, 1846
Seat Hollidaysburg
Largest city Altoona
Area
 • Total 527 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Land 526 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 122,822
 • Density 234/sq mi (90/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 13th
Pennsylvania Historical Marker
Designated: April 13, 1982

Blair County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 122,822. Its county seat is Hollidaysburg. The county was created on February 26, 1846, from parts of Huntingdon and Bedford counties.

Blair County comprises the Altoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is also part of the Altoona-Huntingdon, PA Combined Statistical Area, which includes Blair and Huntingdon counties.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,360 km2), of which 526 square miles (1,360 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Features

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 21,777
1860 27,829 27.8%
1870 38,051 36.7%
1880 52,740 38.6%
1890 70,866 34.4%
1900 85,099 20.1%
1910 108,858 27.9%
1920 128,334 17.9%
1930 139,840 9.0%
1940 140,358 0.4%
1950 139,519 −0.6%
1960 137,270 −1.6%
1970 135,356 −1.4%
1980 136,621 0.9%
1990 130,542 −4.4%
2000 129,144 −1.1%
2010 127,089 −1.6%
2020 122,822 −3.4%

As of the census of 2000, there were 127,089 people and 52,159 households within the county. The population density was 246 people per square mile (95/km2). There were 55,061 housing units at an average density of 105 per square mile (40/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White, 1.68% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.0% were of German, 12.2% Irish, 10.7% Italian, 9.9% American and 6.0% English ancestry.

There were 52,159 households, out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 27.80% 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 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 21.1% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 19, 5.9% from 20 to 24, 11.1% from 25 to 34, 19.3% from 35 to 49, 21.4% from 50 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. The population was 48.55% male, and 51.45% female.

Recreation

There is one Pennsylvania state park in Blair County.

Communities

Map of Blair County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

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 Blair County:

City

Boroughs

Townships

  • Allegheny
  • Antis
  • Blair
  • Catharine
  • Frankstown
  • Freedom
  • Greenfield
  • Huston
  • Juniata
  • Logan
  • North Woodbury
  • Snyder
  • Taylor
  • Tyrone
  • Woodbury

Census-designated places

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.

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Blair County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Altoona 46,320 City 1854 (borough) 1868 (city)
2 Hollidaysburg 5,791 Borough 1836
3 Tyrone 5,477 Borough 1857
4 Bellwood 3,564 Borough 1898
5 Roaring Spring 2,585 Borough 1888
6 Greenwood 2,458 CDP
7 Martinsburg 1,958 Borough 1832
8 Lakemont 1,868 CDP
9 Claysburg 1,625 CDP
10 Williamsburg 1,254 Borough 1827
11 Duncansville 1,233 Borough 1891
12 Tipton 1,083 CDP
13 East Freedom 972 CDP
14 Foot of Ten 672 CDP
15 Grazierville 665 CDP
16 Tunnelhill (mostly in Cambria County) 363 Borough 1876
17 Northwood 296 CDP
18 Newry 270 Borough 1876

Education

Map of Blair County Pennsylvania School Districts
Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities

  • Penn State Altoona

Community, junior and technical colleges

  • South Hills School of Business and Technology
  • YTI Career Institute
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Public school districts

  • Altoona Area School District
  • Bellwood-Antis School District
  • Claysburg-Kimmel School District (also in Bedford County)
  • Hollidaysburg Area School District
  • Penn Cambria School District (also in Cambria County)
  • Spring Cove School District
  • Tyrone Area School District (also in Centre and Huntingdon Counties)
  • Williamsburg Community School District

Charter schools

  • Agora Cyber Charter School
  • Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Foundation Charter School (K-12). Altoona.

Technology school

  • Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center - Altoona

Private schools

  • Alternative Education Program - Hollidaysburg
  • Holy Trinity Middle School - Altoona
  • Holy Trinity Elementary School - Altoona Campus
  • Holy Trinity Elementary School - Hollidaysburg Campus
  • Altoona Hospital School of Nursing
  • Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School - Altoona
  • Blair County Christian School - Duncansville
  • Champion Life Christian Academy - Altoona
  • Cove Lane Parochial School - Martinsburg
  • Crawford Elementary at Adelphoi Village
  • Emmanuel Baptist Christian School - Claysburg
  • Faith Tabernacle School - Altoona
  • Great Commission Schools - Altoona
  • Harbor House Center Early Academy - Altoona
  • Heritage Christian School - Martinsburg
  • Hollidaysburg Catholic School - Hollidaysburg
  • Living Water Christian Academy - Williamsburg
  • Northwestern Human Services Autism School
  • Penn Mont Academy - Hollidaysburg
  • Penn Mont at Penn State Altoona
  • Piney Creek Parochial School - New Enterprise
  • Shady Grove School - Martinsburg
  • Shady Pond School - Altoona
  • St John Evangelist School - Altoona
  • St Matthew School - Tyrone
  • St Patrick School - Newry
  • Sylvan Learning Center - Hollidaysburg
  • Tender Love for Children - Altoona
  • The Nehemiah Project - Altoona
  • Training & Development Tech - Hollidaysburg
  • White Oak School - Tyrone

Data taken from Pennsylvania EdNA - PDE database of public private schools 2012

Libraries

Blair County hosts a system of nine libraries that can be accessed with one library card. Resource sharing exists between the eight libraries. Books from any of the eight system libraries can be placed on hold and delivered to a patron's home library and then returned to any of the eight libraries in the system.

See also

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