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Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Jefferson County Courthouse Brookville PA Nov 09.jpg
Jefferson County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded October 1, 1830
Named for Thomas Jefferson
Seat Brookville
Largest borough Punxsutawney
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

657 sq mi (1,702 km²)
652 sq mi (1,689 km²)
4.4 sq mi (11 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

44,492
68/sq mi (26/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website https://www.jeffersoncountypa.com/

Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 44,492.[1] Its county seat is Brookville.[2] The county was established on March 26, 1804, from part of Lycoming County and later organized in 1830.[3] It is named for President Thomas Jefferson.[4] It is home to Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog that predicts when spring will come every February 2 (Groundhog Day).

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 657 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 652 square miles (1,690 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (0.7%) is water.[5] It has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in Brookville range from 24.8 °F in January to 68.8 °F in July, while in Punxsutawney they range from 25.7 °F in January to 69.6 °F in July. [1]

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-80
  • US 119
  • US 219
  • US 322
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 28]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 36]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 310]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 410]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 536]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 830]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 899]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 949]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 950]]

Streams[]

There are many named streams flowing through Jefferson County, far too many to list here. An exhaustive list is presented in a separate article. All those streams eventually flow to the Allegheny River except for Bear Run, 1.36 square miles (3.5 km2), in the southeast which flows into the Susquehanna River. The principal streams and the area of their watersheds that lie within the county are:

  • Clarion River: 130.50 square miles (338.0 km2)
    • Little Toby Creek: 34.46 square miles (89.3 km2)
    • Clear Creek: 20.12 square miles (52.1 km2)
    • Cathers Run: 15.69 square miles (40.6 km2)
    • Mill Creek: 30.70 square miles (79.5 km2)
  • Redbank Creek: 375.52 square miles (972.6 km2)
    • North Fork Creek: 91.63 square miles (237.3 km2)
      • Clear Run: 9.79 square miles (25.4 km2)
      • Pekin Run: 10.12 square miles (26.2 km2)
    • Sandy Lick Creek: 143.98 square miles (372.9 km2)
      • Wolf Run: 18.19 square miles (47.1 km2)
      • Soldier Run: 11.09 square miles (28.7 km2)
      • Trout Run: 10.74 square miles (27.8 km2)
      • Mill Creek: 53.69 square miles (139.1 km2)
      • Fivemile Run: 17.55 square miles (45.5 km2)
      • Falls Creek: 11.39 square miles (29.5 km2)
    • Little Sandy Creek: 70.65 square miles (183.0 km2)
  • Mahoning Creek: 149.63 square miles (387.5 km2)
    • East Branch Mahoning Creek: 15.27 square miles (39.5 km2)
    • Stump Creek: 14.86 square miles (38.5 km2)
    • Big Run: 19.41 square miles (50.3 km2)
    • Canoe Creek: 11.57 square miles (30.0 km2)
    • Elk Run: 13.20 square miles (34.2 km2)
    • Pine Run: 18.88 square miles (48.9 km2)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 161
1820 561 248.4%
1830 2,025 261.0%
1840 7,253 258.2%
1850 13,518 86.4%
1860 18,270 35.2%
1870 21,656 18.5%
1880 27,935 29.0%
1890 44,005 57.5%
1900 59,113 34.3%
1910 63,090 6.7%
1920 62,104 −1.6%
1930 52,114 −16.1%
1940 54,090 3.8%
1950 49,147 −9.1%
1960 46,792 −4.8%
1970 43,695 −6.6%
1980 48,303 10.5%
1990 46,083 −4.6%
2000 45,932 −0.3%
2010 45,200 −1.6%
[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 45,932 people, 18,375 households, and 12,862 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km2). There were 22,104 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.97% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.1% were of German, 13.4% Italian, 10.8% American, 9.2% Irish and 7.8% English ancestry.

There were 18,375 households, out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

Law and government[]

Jefferson County is a very safe county for the Republican Party, which has won the vote of all but two presidential elections.

United States presidential election results for Jefferson County, Pennsylvania[8]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 17,964 78.54% 4,529 19.80% 379 1.66%
2016 15,192 77.53% 3,650 18.63% 753 3.84%
2012 13,048 71.78% 4,787 26.33% 343 1.89%
2008 12,057 63.75% 6,447 34.09% 408 2.16%
2004 13,371 68.36% 6,073 31.05% 116 0.59%
2000 11,473 65.24% 5,566 31.65% 547 3.11%
1996 8,156 49.56% 5,846 35.52% 2,455 14.92%
1992 7,271 41.05% 5,998 33.87% 4,442 25.08%
1988 9,743 60.48% 6,235 38.71% 131 0.81%
1984 11,334 65.31% 5,950 34.28% 71 0.41%
1980 9,628 57.38% 6,296 37.53% 854 5.09%
1976 9,437 55.09% 7,456 43.53% 237 1.38%
1972 11,631 68.92% 5,024 29.77% 221 1.31%
1968 10,214 55.67% 6,839 37.28% 1,294 7.05%
1964 8,373 43.47% 10,851 56.34% 37 0.19%
1960 13,845 63.82% 7,811 36.01% 38 0.18%
1956 13,051 66.26% 6,627 33.64% 19 0.10%
1952 11,833 64.61% 6,365 34.75% 116 0.63%
1948 9,395 61.43% 5,632 36.82% 268 1.75%
1944 10,970 62.52% 6,425 36.62% 152 0.87%
1940 12,081 58.40% 8,559 41.37% 47 0.23%
1936 11,943 51.24% 11,080 47.54% 283 1.21%
1932 8,246 52.48% 6,570 41.81% 897 5.71%
1928 13,233 74.63% 4,325 24.39% 173 0.98%
1924 10,673 64.88% 2,664 16.19% 3,113 18.92%
1920 7,970 66.69% 3,060 25.61% 920 7.70%
1916 4,332 51.74% 3,253 38.85% 788 9.41%
1912 1,608 18.65% 2,510 29.11% 4,504 52.24%
1908 5,652 60.17% 2,986 31.79% 755 8.04%
1904 5,860 69.09% 2,095 24.70% 527 6.21%
1900 5,950 62.38% 3,063 32.11% 525 5.50%
1896 5,500 57.18% 3,671 38.16% 448 4.66%
1892 4,100 50.41% 3,251 39.97% 782 9.62%
1888 4,090 53.48% 3,257 42.59% 301 3.94%
1884 3,418 51.48% 2,978 44.86% 243 3.66%
1880 2,750 49.74% 2,635 47.66% 144 2.60%



Voter Registration[]

As of February 21, 2022, there are 27,832 registered voters in Jefferson County.[9]




Circle frame.svg

Chart of Voter Registration

  Republican (65.71%)
  Democratic (23.35%)
  Independent (6.92%)
  Third Party (4.01%)
  • Democratic: 6,500 (23.35%)
  • Republican: 18,289 (65.71%)
  • Independent: 1,926 (6.92%)
  • Third Party: 1,117 (4.01%)










County Commissioners[]

  • Herbert L. Bullers Jr.(R)
  • Scott E. North(R)
  • Jeffrey E. Pisarcik(D)

State Senate[10][]

  • Cris Dush, Republican, Pennsylvania's 25th Senatorial District

State House of Representatives[10][]

  • Brian Smith, Republican, Pennsylvania's 66th Representative District

United States House of Representatives[]

  • G.T. Thompson, Republican, Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district

United States Senate[]

  • Pat Toomey, Republican
  • Bob Casey Jr., Democrat

Education[]

Map of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Colleges and universities[]

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Butler County Community College (Brockway)

Public school districts[]

  • Brockway Area School District
  • Brookville Area School District
  • Clarion-Limestone Area School District
  • DuBois Area School District
  • Punxsutawney Area School District

Related public entities[]

  • Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS
  • Riverview Intermediate Unit #6

Private schools[]

  • Allens Mills School - Reynoldsville
  • Bear Lane School - Punxsutawney
  • Blose Hill Amish School - Reynoldsville
  • Bucks Run - Reynoldsville
  • Canoe Ridge Amish School - Rossiter
  • Christ Dominion Academy
  • Colonial Drake - Punxsutawney
  • Eagles Nest Amish School - Brockway
  • Highland Park - Punxsutawney
  • Hillside School - Punxsutawney
  • Lone Maple School - Punxsutawney
  • Maple Grove School - Reynoldsville
  • Mountain View School - Punxsutawney
  • Munderf Amish School - Brockway
  • Oak Grove Parochial School - Smicksburg
  • Pine Valley Parochial School - Punxsutawney
  • Playhouse Children's Center - Punxsutawney
  • Praise Christian Academy - Reynoldsville
  • Punxsutawney Christian Sch - Ele Level - Punxsutawney
  • Spring Hollow Amish School - Reynoldsville
  • Spring Run School - Smickburg
  • Sts Cosmas & Damian School - Punxsutawney
  • Trout Run School - Punxsutawney
  • Valley View School - Punxsutawney
  • West Creek Road Amish School - Punxsutawney
  • Willow Drive School - Punxsutawney
  • Windy Hollow Amish School - Mayport

Libraries[]

  • Jefferson County Library System - Brockway[11]
  • Mengle Memorial Library - Brockway[12]
  • Punxsutawney Memorial Library - Punxsutawney
  • Rebecca M Arthurs Memorial Library - Brookville
  • Reynoldsville Public Library - Reynoldsville
  • Summerville Public Library - Summerville
  • Sykesville Public Library - Sykesville

Licensed entities[]

  • Full Circle Inc Boys Home - Reynolds
  • Jefferson County Adult Detention Center
  • Western Pennsylvania School of Taxidermy - Oliveburg

Recreation[]

Two Pennsylvania state parks are in the county.

  • Clear Creek State Park is in Barnett and Heath Townships.
  • Cook Forest State Park is in Barnett Township and stretches into neighboring Clarion and Forest Counties

The Jefferson County Fair is held annually in July.

Communities[]

Map of Jefferson 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 Jefferson County:

Boroughs[]

  • Big Run
  • Brockway
  • Brookville (county seat)
  • Corsica
  • Falls Creek (partly in Clearfield County)
  • Punxsutawney
  • Reynoldsville
  • Summerville
  • Sykesville
  • Timblin
  • Worthville

Townships[]

  • Barnett
  • Beaver
  • Bell
  • Clover
  • Eldred
  • Gaskill
  • Heath
  • Henderson
  • Knox
  • McCalmont
  • Oliver
  • Perry
  • Pine Creek
  • Polk
  • Porter
  • Ringgold
  • Rose
  • Snyder
  • Union
  • Warsaw
  • Washington
  • Winslow
  • Young

Census-designated place[]

  • Crenshaw

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Adrian Mines
  • Alaska
  • Allens Mills
  • Anita
  • Baxter
  • Beechtree
  • Beechwoods
  • Bells Mills
  • Blowtown
  • Bowersville
  • Cloe
  • Coal Glen
  • Conifer
  • Content
  • Coolspring
  • Cortez
  • Desire
  • Dora
  • East Branch
  • Ella
  • Emerickville
  • Fordham
  • Forestville
  • Frostburg
  • Fuller
  • Hamilton
  • Hazen
  • Heathville
  • Horatio
  • Howe
  • Kahletown
  • Knox Dale
  • Lanes Mills
  • Langville
  • Markton
  • McMinns Summit
  • Munderf
  • North Freedom
  • Ohl
  • Oliveburg
  • Panic
  • Pancoast
  • Pansy
  • Pardus
  • Port Barnett
  • Porter
  • Prescottville
  • Ramsaytown
  • Rathmel
  • Richardsville
  • Ringgold
  • Rockdale
  • Roseville
  • Sandy Valley
  • Schoffner Corner
  • Sigel
  • Soldier
  • Sprankle Mills
  • Stanton
  • Stump Creek
  • Sugar Hill
  • Valier
  • Walston
  • Warsaw
  • Westville
  • Winslow
  • Wishaw

Population ranking[]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Jefferson County.[13]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population
(2020 Census)
1 Punxsutawney Borough 5,769
2 Brookville Borough 3,995
3 Reynoldsville Borough 2,549
4 Brockway Borough 2,276
5 Sykesville Borough 1,115
6 Falls Creek (partially in Clearfield County) Borough 994
7 Big Run Borough 647
8 Summerville Borough 504
9 Crenshaw CDP 468
10 Corsica Borough 319
11 Timblin Borough 147
12 Worthville Borough 80

Notable people[]

  • John T. Morrison, sixth Governor of Idaho from 1903 until 1905; born in Jefferson County.[14]
  • Sparky Lyle, professional baseball player
  • Chuck Daly, American basketball head coach
  • George Jenks, politician
  • Florence Parry Heide, author
  • Wilbur Good, professional baseball player
  • Andy Hastings, professional football player
  • Mal Eason, professional baseball player
  • John Mizerock, professional baseball player
  • Devin Mesoraco, professional baseball player
  • Jim Pittsley, professional baseball player
  • Britt Baker, professional wrestler and dentist
  • Laura Temple, missionary teacher and archaeologist in Mexico

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
  • Oil Creek Library District

References[]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/42/42065.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania: Individual County Chronologies". The Newberry Library. 2008. http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/PA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 168. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www2.census.gov/geo/docs/maps-data/data/gazetteer/counties_list_42.txt. 
  6. ^ "Census 2020". https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/jeffersoncountypennsylvania/PST045219. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  8. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  9. ^ "Voter registration statistics by county". Dos.state.pa.us. https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/OtherServicesEvents/VotingElectionStatistics/Documents/currentvotestats.xls. 
  10. ^ a b Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Find Your Legislator" (in en). http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/county_list.cfm?CNTYLIST=Jefferson. 
  11. ^ "Hours and Locations" (in en). http://www.jeffcolibraries.org/hours-and-locations.html. 
  12. ^ "Home". http://menglelibrary.org/. 
  13. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/decade.2020.html. 
  14. ^ "Idaho Governor John T. Morrison". National Governors Association. http://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/past-governors-bios/page_idaho/col2-content/main-content-list/title_morrison_john.html. 

Coordinates: 41°08′N 79°00′W / 41.13, -79.00

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