Elk County, Pennsylvania facts for kids
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The Elk County courthouse in Ridgway
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
|Founded||April 18, 1843|
|Named for||Eastern elk|
|Largest city||St. Marys|
|• Total||832 sq mi (2,150 km2)|
|• Land||827 sq mi (2,140 km2)|
|• Water||4.9 sq mi (13 km2) 0.6%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||37/sq mi (14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Elk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,946. Its county seat is Ridgway. The county was created on April 18, 1843, from parts of Jefferson, Clearfield and McKean Counties, and is named for the Eastern elk that historically inhabited the region.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 832 square miles (2,150 km2), of which 827 square miles (2,140 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (0.6%) is water.
- McKean County (north)
- Cameron County (east)
- Clearfield County (south)
- Jefferson County (southwest)
- Forest County (west)
- Warren County (northwest)
National protected area
- Allegheny National Forest (part)
State protected areas
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 35,112 people, 14,124 households, and 9,745 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 18,115 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.8% were of German, 17.8% Italian, 7.4% Irish and 5.1% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 14,124 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
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 Elk County:
- Spring Creek
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Elk County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
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