Washington County, Pennsylvania facts for kids
|Washington County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 28, 1781|
861 sq mi (2,230 km²)
857 sq mi (2,220 km²)
3.9 sq mi (10 km²), 0.5%
243/sq mi (94/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Named for: George Washington|
Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 207,820. Its county seat is Washington. The county was created on March 28, 1781, from part of Westmoreland County. The city and county were both named after American Revolutionary War leader George Washington, who eventually became the first President of the United States.
Washington County is part of the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The county is home to Washington County Airport, located three miles (5 km) southwest of Washington, Pennsylvania.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 861 square miles (2,230 km2), of which 857 square miles (2,220 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.5%) is water.
- Beaver County (north)
- Allegheny County (NNE-northeast)
- Westmoreland County (East-northeast)
- Fayette County (East-southeast)
- Greene County (south)
- Marshall County, West Virginia (southwest)
- Ohio County, West Virginia (west)
- Brooke County, West Virginia (west)
- Hancock County, West Virginia (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 202,897 people, 81,130 households, and 56,060 families residing in the county. The population density was 237 people per square mile (91/km²). There were 87,267 housing units at an average density of 102 per square mile (39/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.27% White, 3.26% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.3% were of German, 17.2% Italian, 10.6% Irish, 8.6% English, 7.9% Polish and 6.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 81,130 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% 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 2.96.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.00 males.
As of 1800, this county was largely settled by people of Scot-Irish heritage because "prime lands" were already taken by the Germans and the Quakers.
Landmarks and events
Washington County is the home of the PONY Baseball and Softball International Headquarters and is the home of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Washington County is also famous for its Rock Shelters at Meadowcroft Village, which are one of the best preserved and oldest Pre-Clovis Native American dwellings in the country. The county has 21 covered bridges still standing.
The Whiskey Rebellion culminated in Washington. The home of David Bradford, one of the rebellion leaders, is located in Washington and is a national landmark. Just a couple blocks away is the F. Julius LeMoyne House, which serves as the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society.
Washington County is the home of the first crematory in the United States.
In 1981, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission installed a historical marker noting the historic importance of the county.
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 Washington County:
- Coal Center
- East Washington
- Green Hills
- Long Branch
- McDonald (partly in Allegheny County)
- New Eagle
- North Charleroi
- West Brownsville
- West Middletown
- Cross Creek
- East Bethlehem
- East Finley
- Mount Pleasant
- North Bethlehem
- North Franklin
- North Strabane
- South Franklin
- South Strabane
- West Bethlehem
- West Finley
- West Pike Run
- Cross Creek
- Eighty Four
- Van Voorhis
- West Alexander
- Wickerham Manor-Fisher
- Allen Township
- Bethlehem Township
- East Pike Run Township
- Pike Run
- Pike Run Township
- South Canonsburg (annexed to Canonsburg in 1911)
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Washington County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|18||McDonald (partially in Allegheny County)||Borough||2,149|
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