Greene County, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 39°52′N 80°13′W / 39.86°N 80.22°W / 39.86; -80.22

Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,686.[1] Its county seat is Waynesburg.[2] Greene County was created on February 9, 1796, from part of Washington County and named for General Nathanael Greene.

Greene County
Greene County Courthouse
Greene County Courthouse
Official seal of Greene County
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Greene County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°52′N 80°13′W / 39.86°N 80.22°W / 39.86; -80.22
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedFebruary 9, 1796
Named forNathanael Greene
SeatWaynesburg
Largest boroughWaynesburg
Area
 • Total578 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land576 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water2.0 sq mi (5 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
36,506
 • Density65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district14th
Websitewww.co.greene.pa.us

Greene County is part of the Pittsburgh media market. It is located in the area of southwestern Pennsylvania that was formerly claimed by Virginia, the District of West Augusta.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 578 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 576 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.4%) is water.[3] It has a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in Waynesburg range from 28.9 °F in January to 71.9 °F in July. [1]

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18008,605
181012,54445.8%
182015,55424.0%
183018,02815.9%
184019,1476.2%
185022,13615.6%
186024,34310.0%
187025,8876.3%
188028,2739.2%
189028,9352.3%
190028,281−2.3%
191028,8822.1%
192030,8046.7%
193041,76735.6%
194044,6717.0%
195045,3941.6%
196039,457−13.1%
197039,108−0.9%
198042,2538.0%
199044,1644.5%
200040,672−7.9%
201038,686−4.9%
2018 (est.)36,506[4]−5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2017[1]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 38,686 people, 14,724 households, and 9,970 families residing in the county. The population density was 67 people per square mile (25.9/km2). There were 16,678 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.6 percent White, 3.3 percent Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3 percent Asian, 0.0 percent Pacific Islander, 0.7 percent from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.2 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,724 households, out of which 29.3 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5 percent were married couples living together, 10.9 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3 percent were non-families. 27.0 percent of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 19.9 percent under the age of 18, 9.9 percent from 18 to 24, 25.5 percent from 25 to 44, 29.3 percent from 45 to 64, and 15.3 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females there were 106.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

Government and politicsEdit

Greene County was long a Democratic stronghold, due to the strong unionization of the county's steel mills; between 1932 and 2000, the Democrat presidential candidate won the county in every election except in the Republican landslide of 1972. Due to the decline of the Pittsburgh area's steel industry, and the Democratic Party's shift on cultural issues like the environment and guns, the county has shifted towards the Republican Party, and in 2016 Donald Trump won the county with 68.4% of the vote.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 68.4% 10,849 28.3% 4,482 3.4% 537
2012 57.9% 8,428 40.2% 5,852 1.8% 266
2008 49.0% 7,889 48.6% 7,829 2.5% 396
2004 50.0% 7,786 49.3% 7,674 0.7% 105
2000 43.1% 5,890 53.0% 7,230 3.9% 533
1996 29.1% 4,002 55.5% 7,620 15.4% 2,114
1992 23.0% 3,482 55.8% 8,438 21.2% 3,215
1988 34.6% 4,879 64.8% 9,126 0.6% 90
1984 40.4% 6,376 59.3% 9,365 0.3% 43
1980 37.8% 5,336 58.0% 8,193 4.2% 592
1976 37.2% 5,293 61.7% 8,769 1.1% 157
1972 57.5% 7,790 41.1% 5,562 1.4% 191
1968 35.4% 5,099 56.9% 8,198 7.7% 1,104
1964 25.4% 3,896 74.5% 11,412 0.1% 19
1960 43.7% 7,498 56.2% 9,645 0.1% 16
1956 43.5% 7,562 56.5% 9,827 0.1% 14
1952 40.7% 6,964 59.1% 10,125 0.2% 30
1948 36.5% 4,717 62.0% 8,015 1.6% 202
1944 40.5% 5,747 59.1% 8,392 0.4% 53
1940 39.6% 6,726 60.2% 10,214 0.2% 36
1936 34.4% 6,359 65.0% 12,006 0.6% 109
1932 33.4% 4,808 64.8% 9,322 1.8% 258
1928 56.2% 6,910 43.0% 5,293 0.8% 96
1924 41.8% 4,590 53.5% 5,874 4.7% 512
1920 42.4% 4,253 55.8% 5,592 1.8% 183
1916 33.9% 2,096 63.6% 3,930 2.4% 151
1912 19.0% 1,150 58.7% 3,551 22.3% 1,351
1908 37.2% 2,438 57.9% 3,793 4.9% 319
1904 41.3% 2,442 54.1% 3,198 4.6% 270
1900 39.0% 2,427 59.1% 3,674 1.9% 119
1896 36.4% 2,453 62.3% 4,198 1.3% 86
1892 33.4% 2,126 62.5% 3,977 4.2% 264
1888 35.8% 2,373 62.1% 4,116 2.1% 141

Voter registrationEdit

As of November 7, 2017, there were 21,671 registered voters in the county. Democrats hold a majority of 3,621 voters (16.71%); there was 11,659 registered Democrats, 8,038 registered Republicans, 1,858 voters registered to other parties, 64 to the Libertarian Party and 52 voters registered to the Green Party.[11]

Chart of Voter Registration

  Democratic (53.80%)
  Republican (37.09%)
  NPA/Other Parties (8.57%)
  Libertarian (0.30%)
  Green (0.24%)
Voter registration and party enrollment
Party Number of voters Percentage
Democratic 11,659 53.80
Republican 8,038 37.09
Others 1,858 8.57
Libertarian 64 0.30
Green 52 0.24
Total 21,671 100%

County commissionersEdit

  • Mike Belding, Republican[12]
  • Betsy McClure, Republican
  • Blair Zimmerman, Democrat

Other county officialsEdit

  • President Judge, Hon. Farley Toothman
  • Associate Judge, Hon. Louis Dayich
  • District Attorney, David Russo, Republican
  • Sheriff, Marcus Simms, Democrat
  • Coroner, Gene Rush, Republican
  • Clerk of Courts, Sherry Wise, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Susan White, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Donna Tharp, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Cory Grandel, Democrat
  • Controller, Ami Cree, Democrat

State RepresentativeEdit

State SenatorEdit

US RepresentativeEdit

United States SenateEdit

EconomyEdit

Greene County's development commission has assisted area business since 1998.[14]

The Meadow Ridge office park has served the county since the early 2000s.[15]

EducationEdit

 
Map of Greene County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Public school districtsEdit

Greene County is divided into five (5) public school districts.[16] There are 15 public schools that serve Greene County, Pennsylvania.[17]

Some schools within the five above districts include:

Private schoolsEdit

LibrariesEdit

TransportationEdit

Major highwaysEdit

AirportEdit

Greene County Airport is a county-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) east of the central business district of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.[21]

CommunitiesEdit

 
Map of Greene County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing 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 boroughs and townships are located in Greene County:

BoroughsEdit

TownshipsEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

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.

Population rankingEdit

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Greene County.[22]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Waynesburg Borough 4,176
2 Fairdale CDP 2,059
3 Morrisville CDP 1,265
4 Nemacolin CDP 937
5 Bobtown CDP 757
T-6 Mather CDP 737
T-6 Mount Morris CDP 737
7 Crucible CDP 725
8 Dry Tavern CDP 697
9 Carmichaels Borough 483
10 Rices Landing Borough 463
11 West Waynesburg CDP 446
12 Jefferson Borough 270
13 Greensboro Borough 260
14 Rogersville CDP 249
15 Clarksville Borough 230
16 Wind Ridge CDP 215
17 Brave CDP 201
18 Mapletown CDP 130
19 New Freeport CDP 112

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2017 Voter Registration Statistics - Official" (PDF). 2017 Election VR Stats.pdf. November 7, 2017. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  12. ^ Thornberg, Ruth. "County Commissioners, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania". www.co.greene.pa.us. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Find Your Legislator". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  14. ^ Klopfer, Milt (September 2, 1998), "Team targets growth", Observer-Reporter, Washington, PA
  15. ^ "Robert Stephenson Named as President of RIDC; Frank Brooks Robinson, Sr. Steps Down", PR Newswire, April 17, 2003
  16. ^ Thornberg, Ruth. "Education & Schools - Official Website for Greene County Government, Pennsylvania". www.co.greene.pa.us. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Top Greene County, PA Private Schools (2018-19)". www.privateschoolreview.com. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Open Door Christian School Profile (2018-19) - Waynesburg, PA". Private School Review. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Explore Open Door Christian School in Waynesburg, PA". GreatSchools.org. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Explore Greene Valley Christian Academ in Rices Landing, PA". GreatSchools.org. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  21. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for WAY (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  22. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-02-10.

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