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Forest County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Forest County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded April 11, 1848
Seat Tionesta
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

431 sq mi (1,116 km²)
428 sq mi (1,109 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.76%
 - (2000)
 - Density

10/sq mi (4/km²)

Forest County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population is 4,946 making it the least populous county in the state. Forest County is famous as a rural retreat. Nearly 75% of all dwellings in the county are second or vacation homes [1]. Forest County does not have a single traffic light.[2]

Forest County was created on April 11, 1848 from part of Jefferson County. The county was enlarged on October 31, 1866 when part of Venango County was incorporated into the county.

Its county seat is Tionesta6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,117 km² (431 sq mi). 1,109 km² (428 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.76%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]

National Forest[]

Part of Allegheny National Forest covers Forest County.

State Park[]

Part of Cook Forest State Park is in Forest County.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 4,946 people, 2,000 households, and 1,328 families residing in the county. The population density was 4/km² (12/sq mi). There were 8,701 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (20/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.94% White, 2.22% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,000 households out of which 23.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 28.90% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 111.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.30 males.


Map of Forest County , Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

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 Forest County:




Public School Districts[]

Coordinates: 41°31′N 79°14′W / 41.52, -79.24

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