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Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Map
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Huntingdon County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the USA highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded September 20, 1787
Seat Huntingdon
Largest borough Huntingdon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

889 sq mi (2,302 km²)
875 sq mi (2,266 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 1.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

44,430
51/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.huntingdoncounty.net/Pages/default.aspx

Huntingdon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,913. Its county seat is Huntingdon. The county was created on September 20, 1787, mainly from the north part of Bedford County with the addition of territory on the east (Big Valley, Tuscarora Valley) from Cumberland County.

Huntingdon County comprises the Huntingdon, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 889 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 875 square miles (2,270 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (1.6%) is water.

Features

  • Raystown Lake
  • Tussey Mountain

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 7,558
1800 13,008 72.1%
1810 14,778 13.6%
1820 20,142 36.3%
1830 27,145 34.8%
1840 35,484 30.7%
1850 24,786 −30.1%
1860 28,100 13.4%
1870 31,251 11.2%
1880 33,954 8.6%
1890 35,751 5.3%
1900 34,650 −3.1%
1910 38,304 10.5%
1920 39,848 4.0%
1930 39,021 −2.1%
1940 41,836 7.2%
1950 40,872 −2.3%
1960 39,457 −3.5%
1970 39,108 −0.9%
1980 42,253 8.0%
1990 44,164 4.5%
2000 45,586 3.2%
2010 45,913 0.7%
Est. 2015 45,668 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2010, there were 45,913 people and 17,280 households within the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 22,365 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.50% White, 5.21% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.9% were of German, 17.1% American, 11.1% Irish, 7.5% English and 5.7% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 16,759 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.70% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 109.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.20 males.

Almost everyone that lives in Huntingdon County speaks English as their first language. The dominant form of speech in Huntingdon County is the Central Pennsylvania accent, although some areas of the county, such as Kishacoquillas Valley, where many Amish and Mennonite people live, German is commonly spoken.

Micropolitan Statistical Area

See also: List of Micropolitan Statistical Areas

The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Huntingdon County as the Huntingdon, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census the micropolitan area ranked 11th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 249th most populous in the United States with a population of 45,913.

Transportation

Road transportation

Interstates

Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) cuts through a corner of Dublin Township, but no exits are located in the county.

US Highway System

  • U.S. Route 22 enters Huntingdon County from the west at the Blair County line in Morris Township near Alexandria, and goes past the business district of Huntingdon in nearby Smithfield Township. It exits Huntingdon County at the Mifflin County line in Brady Township near Mount Union.
  • U.S. Route 522 enters Huntingdon County from the south at the Fulton County line in Dublin Township near Shade Gap, passing through the boroughs of Orbisonia and Shirleysburg before exiting Huntingdon County at the Mifflin County line in the borough of Mount Union

Pennsylvania Highway System

  • Pennsylvania Route 26
  • Pennsylvania Route 305
  • Pennsylvania Route 829
  • Pennsylvania Route 994
  • Pennsylvania Route 655
  • Pennsylvania Route 747
  • Pennsylvania Route 641
  • Pennsylvania Route 45
  • Pennsylvania Route 453
  • Pennsylvania Route 35
  • Pennsylvania Route 550
  • Pennsylvania Route 350

Communities

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

Boroughs

Townships

  • Barree
  • Brady
  • Carbon
  • Cass
  • Clay
  • Cromwell
  • Dublin
  • Franklin
  • Henderson
  • Hopewell
  • Jackson
  • Juniata
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Miller
  • Morris
  • Oneida
  • Penn
  • Porter
  • Shirley
  • Smithfield
  • Springfield
  • Spruce Creek
  • Tell
  • Todd
  • Union
  • Walker
  • Warriors Mark
  • West
  • Wood

Census-designated places

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Huntingdon Borough 7,093
2 Mount Union Borough 2,447
3 McConnellstown CDP 1,194
4 Allenport CDP 648
5 Petersburg Borough 480
6 Broad Top City Borough 452
7 Three Springs Borough 444
8 Mapleton Borough 441
9 Orbisonia Borough 428
10 Rockhill Borough 371
T-11 Alexandria Borough 346
T-11 Saltillo Borough 346
12 Mill Creek Borough 328
13 Marklesburg Borough 204
14 Dudley Borough 184
15 Shirleysburg Borough 150
16 Cassville Borough 143
17 Coalmont Borough 106
18 Shade Gap Borough 105
19 Birmingham Borough 90

Notable natives

  • Dylan Lane (born 1977), game show host (hosted Chain Reaction) (born in Tyrone, Blair County, spent whole life in Huntingdon
  • Robert Elliott Speer (1867–1947), American religious leader
  • Martin Grove Brumbaugh (1862–1930), 26th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Horace Porter (1837–1921), Civil War general and US diplomat
  • John Purdue (born October 31, 1802 in Huntingdon County), Primary original benefactor of Purdue University.
  • Hugh Brady (born July 29, 1768 in Standingstone), U.S. Army general

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