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Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Mercer County Courthouse Pennsylvania 2010.jpg
Mercer County Courthouse (1909)
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Mercer County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded November 7, 1803
Named for Hugh Mercer
Seat Mercer
Largest city Hermitage
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

683 sq mi (1,769 km²)
673 sq mi (1,743 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 1.5%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

110,652
162/sq mi (63/km²)
Congressional district 16th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.mcc.co.mercer.pa.us

Mercer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 110,652.[1] Its county seat is Mercer,[2] and its largest city is Hermitage. The county was created in 1800 and later organized in 1803.[3]

Mercer County is included in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 683 square miles (1,770 km2), of which 673 square miles (1,740 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.5%) is water.[4] It has a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in Sharon range from 27.1 °F in January to 72.2 °F in July, while in Mercer borough they range from 25.4 °F in January to 70.1 °F in July. [2]

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-79
  • I-80
  • I-376
  • US 19
  • US 62
  • US 322
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 18]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 58]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 158]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 173]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 208]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 258]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 318]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 358]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 418]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 518]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 718]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 760]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 846]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/PA/link PA|PA 965]]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 3,228
1810 8,277 156.4%
1820 11,681 41.1%
1830 19,729 68.9%
1840 32,873 66.6%
1850 33,172 0.9%
1860 36,856 11.1%
1870 49,977 35.6%
1880 56,161 12.4%
1890 55,744 −0.7%
1900 57,387 2.9%
1910 77,699 35.4%
1920 93,788 20.7%
1930 99,246 5.8%
1940 101,039 1.8%
1950 111,954 10.8%
1960 127,519 13.9%
1970 127,175 −0.3%
1980 128,299 0.9%
1990 121,003 −5.7%
2000 120,307 −0.6%
2010 116,638 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 120,293 people, 46,712 households, and 32,371 families residing in the county. The population density was 179 people per square mile (69/km2). There were 49,859 housing units at an average density of 74 per square mile (29/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.13% White, 5.25% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.7% were of German, 20.0% Irish, 14.9% Italian, 12.0% English, 6.4% American, 6.2% Polish, 3.7% Scotch-Irish, 3.3% Dutch ancestry.

There were 46,712 households, out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.20% 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 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.40% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

Government and politics[]

United States presidential election results for Mercer County, Pennsylvania[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 36,143 62.19% 21,067 36.25% 907 1.56%
2016 31,544 59.70% 18,733 35.45% 2,562 4.85%
2012 25,925 50.79% 24,232 47.48% 882 1.73%
2008 26,565 49.04% 26,411 48.76% 1,192 2.20%
2004 26,311 51.03% 24,831 48.16% 422 0.82%
2000 23,132 47.47% 23,817 48.87% 1,783 3.66%
1996 17,213 37.60% 23,003 50.25% 5,563 12.15%
1992 16,081 32.27% 23,264 46.68% 10,491 21.05%
1988 21,301 46.43% 24,278 52.92% 301 0.66%
1984 24,211 49.11% 24,658 50.01% 434 0.88%
1980 22,372 48.54% 19,716 42.78% 4,002 8.68%
1976 22,469 46.58% 25,041 51.91% 725 1.50%
1972 27,961 59.37% 18,087 38.40% 1,052 2.23%
1968 23,131 47.11% 22,814 46.46% 3,160 6.44%
1964 18,153 35.90% 32,199 63.68% 211 0.42%
1960 29,109 54.43% 24,243 45.33% 128 0.24%
1956 28,785 59.14% 19,769 40.62% 120 0.25%
1952 26,424 55.59% 20,770 43.69% 343 0.72%
1948 18,916 52.71% 16,108 44.89% 862 2.40%
1944 19,606 53.85% 16,589 45.57% 212 0.58%
1940 21,058 55.10% 16,968 44.40% 189 0.49%
1936 18,493 45.88% 20,879 51.79% 939 2.33%
1932 14,057 53.53% 10,961 41.74% 1,240 4.72%
1928 22,599 72.71% 8,204 26.39% 280 0.90%
1924 14,639 65.29% 3,688 16.45% 4,093 18.26%
1920 11,575 60.29% 4,823 25.12% 2,801 14.59%
1916 5,866 42.66% 6,390 46.47% 1,495 10.87%
1912 1,873 14.73% 4,039 31.76% 6,806 53.51%
1908 6,497 47.27% 5,473 39.82% 1,774 12.91%
1904 8,574 60.67% 3,845 27.21% 1,714 12.13%
1900 6,950 55.94% 4,916 39.57% 559 4.50%
1896 7,262 55.53% 5,500 42.06% 315 2.41%
1892 5,874 50.80% 4,931 42.65% 757 6.55%
1888 6,428 53.91% 4,806 40.31% 689 5.78%
1884 6,357 51.81% 4,861 39.62% 1,052 8.57%
1880 6,079 51.33% 5,029 42.46% 735 6.21%



Voter Registration[]

As of February 21, 2022, there are 71,780 registered voters in the county. Republicans hold a plurality of voters by a margin of 7,918 voters (10% of the total registered). There are 35,043 registered Republicans, 27,125 registered Democrats, 7,395 registered non-affiliated voters, and 2,217 voters registered to third parties.[12]




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Chart of Voter Registration

  Republican (48.59%)
  Democratic (38.11%)
  Independent (10.22%)
  Third Party (3.09%)
Voter registration and party enrollment
Party Number of voters Percentage
Template:Party color cell Republican 35,043 48.82
Template:Party color cell Democratic 27,125 37.79
Template:Party color cell Independent 7,395 10.30
Template:Party color cell Third Party 2,217 3.09
Total 71,780 100%

Political bellwether[]

Mercer County was previously considered a political bellwether for the state of Pennsylvania since its demographics, urban/rural ratio, and party affiliation once closely mirrored the state as a whole. In 2000, Al Gore carried it against George W. Bush. This trend failed to hold true during 2004 Presidential election and 2008 Presidential election, in which Mercer County voted more conservatively than the rest of the state. In 2004, George W. Bush won Mercer County with 51% of the vote. That year John Kerry won the state as a whole with 51% of the popular vote. In 2008, John McCain won Mercer County by fewer than 200 votes, as he and Barack Obama each received roughly 49% of the popular vote. Barack Obama won the state of Pennsylvania as a whole with 55% of the popular vote. Each of the three statewide office winners also carried Mercer in 2008. In 2016, Donald Trump won Mercer County by 12,403 votes. Trump also won the state of Pennsylvania. Each of the three Republican candidates for statewide office carried Mercer County in 2016. In 2020, Trump again carried the county, despite Pennsylvania narrowly voting for Joe Biden. Trump carried 62% of the vote, the largest majority for any major party candidate since 1964, and the largest majority for a Republican since 1928.

County Officials[]

Commissioner Party Title
Matthew McConnell Republican Chairman
Scott Boyd Republican Vice Chairman
Timothy McGonigle Democrat
Office Official Party
President Judge of Court of Common Pleas Daniel P. Wallace Republican
Judge of Court of Common Pleas D. Neil McEwen Republican
Judge of Court of Common Pleas Tedd C. Nesbit Republican
Judge of Court of Common Pleas Ronald D. Amrhein Jr. Republican
Clerk of Courts/Register of Wills Mary Jo Basilone DePreta Democrat
District Attorney Pete Acker Republican
Coroner John A. Libonati Republican
Sheriff Bruce Rosa Republican
Treasurer Amber White Republican
Prothonotary Ruth Bice Republican
Recorder of Deeds Dee Dee Zickar Republican
Controller Steve Sherman Republican

State Senate[]

District Senator Party
50 Michele Brooks Republican

State House of Representatives[]

District Representative Party
7 Mark Longietti Democrat
8 Timothy R. Bonner Republican
17 Parke Wentling Republican

United States House of Representatives[]

District Representative Party
16 Mike Kelly Republican

United States Senate[]

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

Education[]

Higher education[]

  • Butler County Community College (Pennsylvania) (Hermitage)
  • Grove City College (Grove City)
  • Thiel College (Greenville)
  • Pennsylvania State University, Shenango Campus (Sharon)

Career-based education[]

  • Laurel Technical Institute, Sharon
  • Mercer County Career and Technical Center, Mercer
  • Penn State Cosmetology Academy, Hermitage
  • Sharon Regional Health System Schools of Nursing and Radiology, Sharon

Public school districts[]

Map of Mercer County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

  • Crawford Central School District
  • Commodore Perry School District
  • Farrell Area School District
  • Greenville Area School District
  • Grove City Area School District
  • Hermitage School District
  • Jamestown Area School District
  • Lakeview School District
  • Mercer Area School District
  • Reynolds School District
  • Sharon City School District
  • Sharpsville Area School District
  • West Middlesex Area School District
  • Wilmington Area School District

Charter schools[]

  • Keystone Education Center Charter School,[13] Greenville, PA. 256 pupils grades 7-12 Report Card 2010.[14]

Private schools[]

  • Kennedy Catholic High School, Hermitage, PA.

Recreation[]

There is one Pennsylvania state park in Mercer County. Maurice K. Goddard State Park, named for Maurice K. Goddard, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, is just off exit 130 of Interstate 79 on Pennsylvania Route 358 near Stoneboro.

The Wendell August Forge, the last remaining working forge in the state, was open to the public for tours, but it burned down on March 6, 2010.[15] It has since reopened in new facilities.

Mercer County Court House built in 1909.

Communities[]

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

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in one case, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Mercer County:

Cities[]

  • Farrell
  • Hermitage (largest city in Mercer County)
  • Sharon

Boroughs[]

  • Clark
  • Fredonia
  • Greenville
  • Grove City
  • Jackson Center
  • Jamestown
  • Mercer (county seat)
  • New Lebanon
  • Sandy Lake
  • Sharpsville
  • Sheakleyville
  • Stoneboro
  • West Middlesex
  • Wheatland

Townships[]

  • Coolspring
  • Deer Creek
  • Delaware
  • East Lackawannock
  • Fairview
  • Findley
  • French Creek
  • Greene
  • Hempfield
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lackawannock
  • Lake
  • Liberty
  • Mill Creek
  • New Vernon
  • Otter Creek
  • Perry
  • Pine
  • Pymatuning
  • Salem
  • Sandy Creek
  • Sandy Lake
  • Shenango
  • South Pymatuning
  • Springfield
  • Sugar Grove
  • West Salem
  • Wilmington
  • Wolf Creek
  • Worth

Census-designated places[]

  • Lake Latonka
  • Reynolds Heights

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Blacktown
  • Carlton
  • Clarks Mills
  • Fairview (village)
  • Hadley
  • Kennard
  • Kremis
  • Milledgeville
  • New Vernon (village)
  • Osgood
  • Petersburg
  • Transfer
  • Williams Corners

Former community[]

  • Hickory Township-became the Municipality of Hermitage in 1976, and then the City of Hermitage in 1984.[16]

Population ranking[]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Mercer County.[17]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Hermitage City 16,220
2 Sharon City 14,038
3 Grove City Borough 8,322
4 Greenville Borough 5,919
5 Farrell City 5,111
6 Sharpsville Borough 4,415
7 Reynolds Heights CDP 2,061
8 Mercer Borough 2,002
9 Stoneboro Borough 1,051
10 Lake Latonka CDP 1,012
11 West Middlesex Borough 863
12 Sandy Lake Borough 659
13 Clark Borough 640
14 Wheatland Borough 632
15 Jamestown Borough 617
16 Fredonia Borough 502
17 Jackson Center Borough 224
18 New Lebanon Borough 188
19 Sheakleyville Borough 142

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Mercer County, Pennsylvania

References[]

  1. ^ "QuickFacts Mercer County, Pennsylvania". Census. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/mercercountypennsylvania/PST045219. 
  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. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/pa190090.txt. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  9. ^ "QuickFacts Mercer County, Pennsylvania". Census. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/mercercountypennsylvania/PST045219. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  12. ^ "Voter Registration Statistics by county". February 23, 2022. https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/OtherServicesEvents/VotingElectionStatistics/Documents/currentvotestats.xls. 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Charter Schools". http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/charter_schools/7356. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Landmark metal forge burns in Mercer County." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Online. March 06, 2010.
  16. ^ "RootsWeb.com Home Page". http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamercer/PA/PL/ts/Hickory/hickory.htm. 
  17. ^ Promotions, Center for New Media and. "US Census Bureau 2010 Census" (in EN-US). https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/decade.2010.html. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 41°19′N 80°15′W / 41.31, -80.25

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