Blair County, Pennsylvania
Blair County Courthouse Apr 10.JPG
Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1846
Seat Hollidaysburg
Largest city Altoona
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

527 sq mi (1,365 km²)
526 sq mi (1,362 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.25%
 - (2000)
 - Density

246/sq mi (95/km²)

Blair County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is part of the Altoona, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 129,144. It was created on February 26, 1846, from parts of Huntingdon and Bedford Counties. Its county seat is Hollidaysburg[1].

Law And Government[]

As of November 2008, there are 84,405 registered voters in Blair County [1].

  • Republican: 45,925 (54.41%)
  • Democratic: 29,589 (35.06%)
  • Other Parties: 8,891 (10.53%)

County commissioners[]

  • Terry Tomassetti, Chair, Republican
  • Diane Meling, Vice-chair, Republican
  • Donna Gority, Secretary, Democrat

Other county offices[]

  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Carol Newman, Republican
  • Controller, Richard Peo, Republican
  • Coroner, Patricia Ross, Republican
  • District Attorney, Richard Consiglio, Republican
  • Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Mary Ann Bennis, Republican
  • Sheriff, Mitch Cooper, Republican
  • Treasurer, James Carothers, Republican

Pennsylvania State Senate[]

  • John Eichelberger, Republican, Pennsylvania's 30th Senatorial District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[]

  • Richard Geist, Republican, Pennsylvania's 79th Representative District
  • Jerry Stern, Republican, Pennsylvania's 80th Representative District
  • Mike Fleck, Republican, Pennsylvania's 81st Representative District

United States House of Representatives[]

  • Bill Shuster, Republican, Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district

United States Senate[]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,364.9 km2), of which 526 square miles (1,362.3 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.25%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (part)

Significant Topographic Features[]

  • Brush Mountain
  • Logan Valley
  • Morrison Cove
  • Tussey Mountain


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 85,099
1910 108,858 27.9%
1920 128,334 17.9%
1930 139,840 9.0%
1940 140,358 0.4%
1950 139,519 −0.6%
1960 137,270 −1.6%
1970 135,356 −1.4%
1980 136,621 0.9%
1990 130,542 −4.4%
2000 129,144 −1.1%
Est. 2008 125,174 −3.1%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 129,144 people, 51,518 households, and 34,877 families residing in the county. The population density was 246 people per square mile (95/km²). There were 55,061 housing units at an average density of 105 per square mile (40/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.61% White, 1.19% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.0% were of German, 12.2% Irish, 10.7% Italian, 9.9% American and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 51,518 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 27.80% 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 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.50 males.


Map of Blair 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 Blair County:



  • Martinsburg
  • Newry
  • Roaring Spring


  • Freedom Township
  • Greenfield Township
  • Huston Township
  • Juniata Township
  • Logan Township
  • North Woodbury Township
  • Snyder Township
  • Taylor Township
  • Tyrone Township
  • Woodbury Township

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.

  • Claysburg
  • Tipton


Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Colleges and universities[]

Penn State Altoona

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges[]

South Hills School of Business and Technology

Public School Districts[]

  • Altoona Area School District
  • Bellwood-Antis School District
  • Claysburg-Kimmel School District
  • Hollidaysburg Area School District
  • Penn Cambria School District (also in Cambria County)
  • Spring Cove School District
  • Tyrone Area School District
  • Williamsburg Community School District
  • There are 11 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available for free statewide, to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.


There is one Pennsylvania state park in Blair County.

  • Canoe Creek State Park

See also[]

  • List of municipal authorities in Blair County, Pennsylvania


External links[]

Coordinates: 40°28′N 78°21′W / 40.47, -78.35

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