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Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
Clearfield County Courthouse Apr 10.JPG
Clearfield County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clearfield County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 26, 1804
Seat Clearfield
Largest city DuBois
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,154 sq mi (2,989 km²)
1,147 sq mi (2,971 km²)
, 0.56%
 - (2010)
 - Density

71/sq mi (27.4/km²)

Clearfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2010, the population was 81,642.

Clearfield County was created on March 26, 1804, from parts of Huntingdon and Lycoming Counties but was administered as part of Centre County until 1812. Its county seat is Clearfield[1].

Law and Government[]

As of November 2008, there are 51,471 registered voters in Clearfield County.[2]

  • Democratic: 23,462 (45.58%)
  • Republican: 23,055 (44.79%)
  • Other parties: 4,954 (9.62%)

While the county registration tends to be evenly matched between Democrats and Republicans, the county trends Republican in statewide elections. In 2006, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. received 55% of its vote when he unseated incumbent Republican US Senator Rick Santorum and Ed Rendell received 50.2% of the vote against Lynn Swann. Each of the three row-office statewide winners carried Clearfield in 2008.

County commissioners[]

  • John Sobel, Republican
  • Joan McMillen, Republican
  • Mark McCracken, Democrat

Other county offices[]

  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, William A. Shaw, Democrat
  • Controller, Antonio Scotto, Republican
  • District Attorney, William A. Shaw Jr., Democrat
  • Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Maurene Inlow, Republican
  • Sheriff, Chester Hawkins, Republican
  • Treasurer, Carol Fox, Democrat

Pennsylvania State Senate[]

District Senator Party
25 Joseph B. Scarnati Republican
35 John N. Wozniak Democrat
41 Donald C. White Republican

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[]

District Representative Party
74 Camille "Bud" George Democrat
75 Matt Gabler Republican

United States House of Representatives[]

District Representative Party
5 Glenn "G.T." Thompson Republican
9 Bill Shuster Republican

United States Senate[]

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,988 square kilometers (1,154 sq mi). 2,972 km2 (1,147 sq mi) of it is land and 17 km2 (7 sq mi) of it (0.56%) is water.

The mountainous terrain of the county made traffic difficult for early settlers. Various Native American paths and trails crossing the area were used intermittently by settlers, invading armies, and escaped slaves travelling north along the Underground Railroad. A major feature located in Bloom Township, Pennsylvania within the county is known as Bilger's rocks and exhibits fine examples of exposed sandstone bedrock that was created during the formation of the Appalachian Mountains.

Adjacent counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 875
1820 2,342 167.7%
1830 4,803 105.1%
1840 7,834 63.1%
1850 12,586 60.7%
1860 18,759 49.0%
1870 25,741 37.2%
1880 43,408 68.6%
1890 69,565 60.3%
1900 80,614 15.9%
1910 93,768 16.3%
1920 103,236 10.1%
1930 86,727 −16.0%
1940 92,094 6.2%
1950 85,957 −6.7%
1960 81,534 −5.1%
1970 74,619 −8.5%
1980 83,578 12.0%
1990 78,097 −6.6%
2000 83,380 6.8%
2010 81,642 −2.1%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 83,382 people, 32,785 households, and 22,916 families residing in the county. The population density was 73 people per square mile (28/km2). There were 37,855 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.40% White, 1.49% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.9% were of German, 13.6% American, 10.2% English, 9.9% Irish, 9.1% Italian and 6.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 32,785 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% 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 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.


Map of Clearfield 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 Clearfield County:



  • Glen Hope
  • Grampian
  • Houtzdale
  • Irvona
  • Lumber City
  • Mahaffey
  • New Washington
  • Newburg
  • Osceola Mills
  • Ramey
  • Troutville
  • Wallaceton
  • Westover


  • Beccaria Township
  • Bell Township
  • Bigler Township
  • Bloom Township
  • Boggs Township
  • Bradford Township
  • Brady Township
  • Burnside Township
  • Chest Township
  • Cooper Township
  • Covington Township
  • Decatur Township
  • Ferguson Township
  • Girard Township
  • Goshen Township
  • Graham Township
  • Greenwood Township
  • Gulich Township
  • Huston Township
  • Jordan Township
  • Karthaus Township
  • Knox Township
  • Lawrence Township
  • Morris Township
  • Penn Township
  • Pike Township
  • Pine Township
  • Sandy Township
  • Union Township
  • Woodward 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.

  • Hyde
  • Plymptonville
  • Sandy
  • Treasure Lake


There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Clearfield County.

  • Parker Dam State Park
  • S. B. Elliott State Park

Clearfield County is also home to the largest wild area in Pennsylvania, the Quehanna Wild Area. A culturally and historically significant natural formation of massive sandstone megaliths can be found at Bilger's rocks.


Colleges and universities[]

Map of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Community, Junior and Technical Colleges[]

  • Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
  • DuBois Business College, DuBois campus
  • Triangle Tech

Public School Districts[]

  • Clearfield Area School District
  • Curwensville Area School District
  • DuBois Area School District
  • Glendale School District
  • Harmony Area School District
  • Moshannon Valley School District
  • Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District
  • Purchase Line School District
  • West Branch Area School District (also in Clinton County)

See also[]

  • List of municipal authorities in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
  • Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania#Highest Point on 80
  • Indian old field
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania


External links[]

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Coordinates: 41°00′N 78°28′W / 41.00, -78.47

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