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Westmoreland County
Westmoreland County Courthouse
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Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
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Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
Founded February 26, 1773
Named for Westmorland
Seat Greensburg
Largest city Murrysville
Area
 • Total 1,036 sq mi (2,680 km2)
 • Land 1,028 sq mi (2,660 km2)
 • Water 8.5 sq mi (22 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
348,899
 • Density 341/sq mi (132/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts 13th, 14th

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. Formed from, successively, Lancaster, Northumberland, and later Bedford Counties, Westmoreland County was founded on February 26, 1773, and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania whose 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 after Westmorland, a historic county of England.

Westmoreland County is included in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 16,019
1800 22,726 41.9%
1810 26,392 16.1%
1820 30,540 15.7%
1830 38,400 25.7%
1840 42,699 11.2%
1850 51,726 21.1%
1860 53,736 3.9%
1870 58,719 9.3%
1880 78,036 32.9%
1890 112,819 44.6%
1900 160,175 42.0%
1910 231,304 44.4%
1920 273,568 18.3%
1930 294,995 7.8%
1940 303,411 2.9%
1950 313,179 3.2%
1960 352,629 12.6%
1970 376,935 6.9%
1980 392,294 4.1%
1990 370,321 −5.6%
2000 369,993 −0.1%
2010 365,169 −1.3%
2020 354,663 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019 2010-2020

At the 2010 census, there were 365,169 people, 153,650 households and 101,928 families residing in the county. The population density was 355.4 per square mile (137.2/km2). There were 168,199 housing units at an average density of 163.7 per square mile (63.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.3% White, 2.3% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 0.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 153,650 households, of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32, and the average family size was 2.86.

22.3% of the population were under 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

Recreation

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Autumn on a small state road near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Laurel Mountains.

There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Westmoreland County.

Communities

Map of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing cities and boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

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:

Cities

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

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.

Unincorporated communities

Former community

Population ranking

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)
1 Murrysville Municipality 20,079
2 Greensburg City 14,892
3 New Kensington City 13,116
4 Lower Burrell City 11,761
5 Jeannette City 9,654
6 Latrobe City 8,338
7 Monessen City 7,720
8 Vandergrift Borough 5,205
9 Arnold City 5,157
10 Mount Pleasant Borough 4,454
11 Scottdale Borough 4,384
12 Level Green CDP 4,020
13 Irwin Borough 3,973
14 Loyalhanna CDP 3,428
15 Manor Borough 3,239
16 Trafford (partially in Allegheny County) Borough 3,174
17 Youngwood Borough 3,050
18 Derry Borough 2,688
19 Delmont Borough 2,686
20 West Newton Borough 2,633
21 Lawson Heights CDP 2,194
22 New Stanton Borough 2,173
23 Southwest Greensburg Borough 2,155
24 South Greensburg Borough 2,117
25 Lynnwood-Pricedale CDP 2,031
26 North Belle Vernon Borough 1,971
27 Ligonier Borough 1,573
28 St. Vincent College CDP 1,357
29 West Leechburg Borough 1,294
30 Calumet CDP 1,241
31 Fellsburg CDP 1,180
32 Collinsburg CDP 1,125
33 Avonmore Borough 1,011
34 Norvelt CDP 948
35 Export Borough 917
36 North Irwin Borough 846
37 Oklahoma Borough 809
38 Herminie CDP 789
39 Hostetter CDP 740
40 New Florence Borough 689
41 Yukon CDP 677
42 East Vandergrift Borough 674
43 Sutersville Borough 605
44 Millwood CDP 566
45 New Alexandria Borough 560
46 Bradenville CDP 545
47 Grapeville CDP 538
48 Mammoth CDP 525
49 Hyde Park Borough 500
50 Seward Borough 495
51 Wyano CDP 484
52 Penn Borough 475
53 Bolivar Borough 465
54 Smithton Borough 399
55 Madison Borough 397
56 Slickville CDP 388
57 Arona Borough 370
58 Youngstown Borough 326
59 Hunker Borough 291
60 Crabtree CDP 277
61 Webster CDP 255
62 Adamsburg Borough 172
63 Laurel Mountain Borough 167
64 Harrison City CDP 134
65 Donegal Borough 120

Economy

A major coal strike occurred in the county in the winter of 1910–11.

Volkswagen's Westmoreland plant near New Stanton in Westmoreland County was the first foreign-owned factory mass-producing automobiles in the U.S. It operated from 1978 to 1988.

Education

Public school districts

Map of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania School Districts
Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts
  • Belle Vernon Area School District (Also in Fayette County)
  • Blairsville-Saltsburg School District (Also in Indiana County)
  • Burrell School District
  • Derry Area School District
  • Franklin Regional School District
  • Greater Latrobe School District
  • Greensburg-Salem School District
  • Hempfield Area School District
  • Jeannette City School District
  • Kiski Area School District (Also in Armstrong County)
  • Leechburg Area School District (Also in Armstrong County)
  • Ligonier Valley School District
  • Monessen City School District
  • Mount Pleasant Area School District
  • New Kensington–Arnold School District
  • Norwin School District
  • Penn-Trafford School District (also in Allegheny County)
  • Southmoreland School District (also in Fayette County)
  • Yough School District

Public charter schools

  • Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School grades 7th through 12th Latrobe (since 2008)

According to EdNA

Private high school

  • Greensburg Central Catholic High School

Colleges and universities

  • Penn State New Kensington
  • Seton Hill University
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Westmoreland County Community College
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • Carlow College at Greensburg
  • Triangle Tech

Notable people

See also: List of people from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area
  • David Alter, born in Westmoreland County, noted inventor
  • Pete Babando, former NHL Hockey player, played for 1950 Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings, born in Braeburn neighborhood of the City of Lower Burrell.
  • George Blanda, Hall of Fame football player, born in Youngwood.
  • D.J. Coffman, comic book artist and writer, creator of Hero By Night. Born in Mt. Pleasant. Resides in Scottdale.
  • Johnny Costa, jazz pianist, was born and raised in Arnold.
  • Jesse Root Grant, (father of Ulysses S. Grant General and President) born in Greensburg.
  • Shirley Jones, Academy Award-winning actress and singer, grew up in Smithton.
  • Sheila Kelley, American actor, born and raised in Greensburg, Pa. Founder of Sheila Kelley S Factor exercise and lifestyle program.
  • Bill Mazeroski, Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Michael Moorer, boxer
  • Arnold Palmer, golfer, was born and raised in Latrobe.
  • Terrelle Pryor NFL quarterback, attended Jeannette high school.
  • Fred Rogers, television personality, was born, raised, and lived in Latrobe; buried in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township just outside Latrobe.
  • Arthur St. Clair, American Revolution Major General, buried in Greensburg, Pa.
  • Willie Thrower, football player, was born and raised in New Kensington.
  • Jim White, KMOX radio talk show host, born and raised in Greensburg, Pa.
  • Jacob Zimmerman (born 1831), newspaper editor, newspaper owner, Illinois politician, mine owner, real estate entrepreneur, and businessman.
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