Bradford County, Pennsylvania facts for kids
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Towanda is the county seat
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
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|Founded||February 21, 1810|
|Named for||William Bradford|
|• Total||1,161 sq mi (3,010 km2)|
|• Land||1,147 sq mi (2,970 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (40 km2) 1.2%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||53/sq mi (20/km2)|
|Designated:||July 10, 1982|
Bradford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 62,622. Its county seat is Towanda. The county was created on February 21, 1810, from parts of Lycoming and Luzerne counties. Originally called Ontario County, it was reorganized and separated from Lycoming County on October 13, 1812, and renamed Bradford County for William Bradford, who had been a chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and United States Attorney General.
Bradford County comprises the Sayre, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.
As noted above, Bradford County was originally named Ontario County. The county was reorganized and renamed in 1812. However, a section of north Philadelphia in which major east–west streets are named after Pennsylvania counties retains an Ontario Street, between Westmoreland and Tioga Streets. There are two short Bradford Streets in northeast Philadelphia, approximately four miles from Ontario Street.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,161 square miles (3,010 km2), of which 1,147 square miles (2,970 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.2%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Pennsylvania by land area and third-largest by total area.
- Chemung County, New York (north)
- Tioga County, New York (north)
- Susquehanna County (east)
- Wyoming County (southeast)
- Sullivan County (south)
- Lycoming County (southwest)
- Tioga County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 62,761 people, 24,453 households, and 17,312 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 28,664 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.94% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.4% were of English, 19% German, 12.6% Irish and 6.4% Italian ancestry according to the 2012 American Community Survey.
Micropolitan Statistical Area
The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Bradford County as the Sayre, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census the micropolitan area ranked 8th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 131st most populous in the United States with a population of 62,622.
Public transportation is provided by Endless Mountains Transportation Authority.
- US 220
- PA 17
There is one Pennsylvania state park in Bradford County.
Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in only one case (Bloomsburg, Columbia County), towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Bradford County:
- North Towanda
- South Creek
- Standing Stone
- West Burlington
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Bradford County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
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