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Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Map
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cambria County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 2, 1807
Seat Ebensburg
Largest City Johnstown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

694 sq mi (1,797 km²)
688 sq mi (1,782 km²)
5.3 sq mi (14 km²), 0.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

136,411
198/sq mi (76/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.cambria.pa.us
Named for: Latin name of Wales
Pennsylvania Historical Marker
Designated: May 25, 1982
Cambria Iron Company, Blacksmith Shop, Lower Works, Johnstown (Cambria County, Pennsylvania)
Cambria Iron Company, Johnstown, 1987

Cambria County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 143,679. Its county seat is Ebensburg. The county was created on March 26, 1804, from parts of Bedford, Huntingdon, and Somerset Counties and later organized in 1807. It was named for the nation of Wales, which in Latin is known as "Cambria".

Cambria County comprises the Johnstown, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Johnstown-Somerset, PA Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 694 square miles (1,800 km2), of which 688 square miles (1,780 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (part)
  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,117
1820 3,287 55.3%
1830 7,076 115.3%
1840 11,256 59.1%
1850 17,773 57.9%
1860 29,155 64.0%
1870 36,569 25.4%
1880 46,811 28.0%
1890 66,375 41.8%
1900 104,837 57.9%
1910 166,131 58.5%
1920 197,839 19.1%
1930 203,146 2.7%
1940 213,459 5.1%
1950 209,541 −1.8%
1960 203,283 −3.0%
1970 186,785 −8.1%
1980 183,263 −1.9%
1990 163,029 −11.0%
2000 152,598 −6.4%
2010 143,679 −5.8%
Est. 2015 136,411 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 152,598 people, 60,531 households, and 40,616 families residing in the county. The population density was 222 people per square mile (86/km²). There were 65,796 housing units at an average density of 96 per square mile (37/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.80% White, 2.83% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.7% were of German, 10.2% Irish, 10.1% Italian, 10.0% Polish, 6.5% Slovak, 6.2% American and 5.6% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 60,531 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.00% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

Recreation

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Cambria County.

  • Prince Gallitzin State Park is named for Demetrius Gallitzin, a Russian nobleman turned Catholic priest who was instrumental in the settlement of Cambria County.
  • Laurel Ridge State Park surrounds a 70-mile (113-km) hiking trail that begins in Cambria County and ends at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

Communities

Map of Cambria County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Cambria 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 Cambria County:

City

Boroughs

Townships

  • Adams
  • Allegheny
  • Barr
  • Blacklick
  • Cambria
  • Chest
  • Clearfield
  • Conemaugh
  • Cresson
  • Croyle
  • Dean
  • East Carroll
  • East Taylor
  • Elder
  • Gallitzin
  • Jackson
  • Lower Yoder
  • Middle Taylor
  • Munster
  • Portage
  • Reade
  • Richland
  • Stonycreek
  • Summerhill
  • Susquehanna
  • Upper Yoder
  • Washington
  • West Carroll
  • West Taylor
  • White

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.

Unincorporated communities

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Johnstown City 20,978
2 Westmont Borough 5,181
3 Northern Cambria Borough 3,835
4 Elim CDP 3,727
5 Ebensburg Borough 3,351
6 Belmont CDP 2,784
7 Nanty Glo Borough 2,734
8 Portage Borough 2,638
9 Geistown Borough 2,467
10 Southmont Borough 2,284
11 Patton Borough 1,769
12 Cresson Borough 1,711
13 Gallitzin Borough 1,668
14 Mundys Corner CDP 1,651
15 Ferndale Borough 1,636
16 Oakland CDP 1,578
17 University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown) CDP 1,572
18 Vinco CDP 1,305
19 Loretto Borough 1,302
20 Hastings Borough 1,278
21 Dale Borough 1,234
22 East Conemaugh Borough 1,220
23 Salix CDP 1,149
24 Beaverdale CDP 1,035
25 Lilly Borough 968
26 Colver CDP 959
27 South Fork Borough 928
28 Carrolltown Borough 853
29 Spring Hill CDP 839
30 Scalp Level Borough 778
31 Lorain Borough 759
32 Brownstown Borough 744
33 Sankertown Borough 675
34 Revloc CDP 570
35 Summerhill Borough 490
36 Sidman CDP 431
37 Vintondale Borough 414
38 St. Michael CDP 408
39 Blandburg CDP 402
40 Riverside CDP 381
41 Tunnelhill (partially in Blair County) Borough 363
42 Dunlo CDP 342
43 Daisytown Borough 326
44 Franklin Borough 323
45 Ehrenfeld Borough 228
46 Ashville Borough 227
47 Wilmore Borough 225
48 Chest Springs Borough 149
49 Cassandra Borough 147

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