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Forest County
Forest County Courthouse, Tionesta
Forest County Courthouse, Tionesta
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Forest 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 September 1, 1857
Seat Tionesta
Largest community Marienville
 • Total 430 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land 427 sq mi (1,110 km2)
 • Water 3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  0.8%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 17/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 15th

Forest County is a county located in western Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,716, making it the third-least populous county in Pennsylvania. Its county seat is Tionesta. The county was created in 1848 and later organized in 1857.


Forest County was created on April 11, 1848, from part of Jefferson County. The county was enlarged on October 31, 1866, when part of Venango County was incorporated into the county. Forest County was named for the forests contained within its limits.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 430 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 427 square miles (1,110 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Part of Allegheny National Forest covers Forest County.

State protected area

Part of Cook Forest State Park is in Forest County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 898
1870 4,010 346.5%
1880 4,385 9.4%
1890 8,482 93.4%
1900 11,039 30.1%
1910 9,435 −14.5%
1920 7,477 −20.8%
1930 5,180 −30.7%
1940 5,791 11.8%
1950 4,944 −14.6%
1960 4,485 −9.3%
1970 4,926 9.8%
1980 5,072 3.0%
1990 4,802 −5.3%
2000 4,946 3.0%
2010 7,716 56.0%
2020 6,973 −9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2017

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,946 people, 2,000 households, and 1,328 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km2). There were 8,701 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county, largely a result of the SCI Forest State Penitentiary, was 77.4% White, 21.1% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.5% English or Welsh, 14.4% were of German, 10.1% Irish, 12.5% American, 10.1% Irish, 6.8% Scotch-Irish, 2.4% Dutch, and 2.2% French ancestry.

There were 2,000 households, out of which 23.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.70% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 28.90% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 111.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.30 males.


Map of Forest County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Forest County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Forest County:



  • Barnett
  • Green
  • Harmony
  • Hickory
  • Howe
  • Jenks
  • Kingsley
  • Tionesta

Census-designated place

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Forest County. The jump in census figures between the 2000 and 2010 census, is due in a large part to the opening of the State Correctional Institution- Forest (SCI- Forest) in October 2004. SCI Forest houses approximately 2,200 inmates at their facility in Marienville, PA.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Marienville 3,137 CDP
2 Tionesta 483 Borough 1805


The Forest Area School District serves the entire Forest County.

Private schools

  • Cornell Abraxas I Arlene Lissner (9th-12th) Marienville


  • Marienville Area Library - Marienville
  • Sarah Stewart Bovard Memorial Library - Tionesta

See also

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