Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania facts for kids
- See also: Westmoreland County, Connecticut
|Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 26, 1773|
1,036 sq mi (2,683 km²)
1,028 sq mi (2,663 km²)
8.5 sq mi (22 km²), 0.8%
348/sq mi (134/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Named for: Westmorland|
Westmoreland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. At the 2010 census, the population was 365,169. The county seat is Greensburg. Cut from Lancaster, Northumberland, and later Bedford Counties, Westmoreland County was founded on February 26, 1773 and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania in which its entire territorial boundary was located west of the Allegheny Mountains. Westmoreland County originally included the present-day counties of Fayette, Washington, Greene, and parts of Beaver, Allegheny, Indiana, and Armstrong counties. It is named for Westmorland, a historic county of England.
Westmoreland County is included in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
A major coal strike occurred in the county in the winter of 1910–11.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,036 square miles (2,680 km2), of which 1,028 square miles (2,660 km2) is land and 8.5 square miles (22 km2) (0.8%) is water.
- Armstrong County (north)
- Indiana County (northeast)
- Cambria County (east)
- Somerset County (southeast)
- Fayette County (south)
- Washington County (southwest)
- Allegheny County (west)
- Butler County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
At the 2000 census, there were 369,993 people, 149,813 households and 104,569 families residing in the county. The population density was 361 per square mile (139/km²). There were 161,058 housing units at an average density of 157 per square mile (61/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of German, 18.5% Italian, 9.7% Irish, 8.9% Polish, 6.7% English, 5.2% Slovak and 5.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 149,813 households of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.
22.00% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.
There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Westmoreland County.
- Keystone State Park
- Laurel Ridge State Park
- Laurel Summit State Park
- Linn Run State Park
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 Westmoreland County:
- East Vandergrift
- Hyde Park
- Laurel Mountain
- Mount Pleasant
- New Alexandria
- New Florence
- New Stanton
- North Belle Vernon
- North Irwin
- South Greensburg
- Southwest Greensburg
- Trafford (partly in Allegheny County)
- West Leechburg
- West Newton
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.
- Ruffs Dale
- Scab Hill
- Standard Shaft
- Westmoreland City
- Franklin Township - now known as Murrysville, Pennsylvania
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Westmoreland County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|16||Trafford (partially in Allegheny County)||Borough||3,174|
|26||North Belle Vernon||Borough||1,971|
|28||St. Vincent College||CDP||1,357|
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