Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Beaver County Courthouse, Pennsylvania.jpg
Beaver County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Beaver County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 12, 1800
Seat Beaver
Largest city Aliquippa
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

444 sq mi (1,150 km²)
434 sq mi (1,124 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 2.18%
 - (2010)
 - Density

393/sq mi (151.7/km²)

Beaver County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 170,539.

Beaver County was created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties. Its county seat is Beaver[1].

Beaver County is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150.0 km2), of which 434 square miles (1,124.1 km2) is land and 10 square miles (25.9 km2) (2.18%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 5,776
1810 12,168 110.7%
1820 15,340 26.1%
1830 24,183 57.6%
1840 29,368 21.4%
1850 26,689 −9.1%
1860 29,140 9.2%
1870 36,148 24.0%
1880 39,605 9.6%
1890 50,077 26.4%
1900 56,432 12.7%
1910 78,253 38.7%
1920 111,621 42.6%
1930 149,062 33.5%
1940 156,754 5.2%
1950 175,192 11.8%
1960 206,948 18.1%
1970 208,418 0.7%
1980 204,441 −1.9%
1990 186,093 −9.0%
2000 181,412 −2.5%
2010 170,539 −6.0%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 181,412 people, 72,576 households, and 50,512 families residing in the county. The population density was 418 people per square mile (161/km²). There were 77,765 housing units at an average density of 179 per square mile (69/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 5.96% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.0% were of German, 17.4% Italian, 9.9% Irish, 6.5% English, 6.4% Polish and 5.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 72,576 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 26.90% 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 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.


Map of Beaver 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 Beaver County:




Unincorporated communities

  • Byersdale
  • Cannelton
  • Fombell
  • Frisco
  • Gringo
  • Harshaville
  • Kobuta

Area attractions

Beaver County offers many shops and places to eat. Beaver County is home to the Beaver Valley Mall located in Center Township which is home to hundreds of shops and restaurants.


Major highways

‎ Airports

Public Transit

Public transit is provided by the Beaver County Transit Authority.

Bodies of Water

There are many bodies of water throughout Beaver County. The major bodies of water are:


Colleges and universities

Community, junior, and technical colleges

Map of Beaver County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Public school districts

  • Aliquippa School District - ranked 490th
  • Ambridge Area School District - ranked 238th
  • Beaver Area School District - ranked 56th
  • Big Beaver Falls Area School District - ranked 364th
  • Blackhawk School District (part) - ranked 126th
  • Central Valley School District
  • Ellwood City Area School District (part) - ranked 186th
  • Freedom Area School District - ranked 193rd
  • Hopewell Area School District - ranked 180th
  • Midland Borough School District - not ranked no HS
  • New Brighton Area School District - ranked 234th
  • Riverside Beaver County School District - ranked 223rd
  • Rochester Area School District - ranked 438th
  • South Side Area School District - ranked 190th
  • Western Beaver County School District - ranked 358th

The 498 school districts of Pennsylvania, that have high schools, were ranked for student academic achievement as demonstrated by three years of math and reading PSSA results by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2008.

High schools

Charter Schools

As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education - EdNA. April 2010.

  • Beaver Area Academic Charter School
  • Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
  • Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

Private schools

As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education - EdNA. April 2010.

  • Agapeland Children Garden - Beaver
  • Beaver County Christian School -Upper - Beaver Falls
  • Beaver Co Christian -West Park Elementary - Beaver Falls
  • Bethel Christian School - Aliquippa
  • Deliverance Temple Ministries ROOTS Inc Christian Academy - Aliquippa
  • Divine Mercy Academy - Beaver Falls
  • Hope Christian Academy - Aliquippa
  • North Hills Christian School - Baden
  • Our Lady of Fatima School - Aliquippa
  • Pleasant Hill Wesleyan Academy - Hookstown
  • Quigley Catholic High School - Baden
  • St John the Baptist School - Monaca
  • Sts Peter & Paul School - Beaver
  • Sylvania Hills Christian - Rochester

Former School Districts

In 2009, Center Area School District and Monaca School District merged to form Central Valley School District.

Notable people

Law and government/Politics

As of November 2008, there are 118,269 registered voters in Beaver County [1].

Beaver County used to be a Democratic stronghold and the Democrats continue to hold the commissioner majority and all county row offices, but in recent years it has been shifting heavily Republican. Multiple Democratic seats in both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature have been lost to Republicans over the past few years. In statewide and federal elections it has been moving rightward as well. In 2004 Democrat John Kerry won Beaver County over Republican George Bush 51% to 48%. In 2008 Republican John McCain defeated Democrat Barack Obama 50% to 47%, becoming the first republican to win there since 1972. Each of the three state row office winners carried Beaver.

County commissioners

  • Tony Amadio, Chairman, Democrat
  • Joe Spanik, Democrat
  • Charles A. Camp, Republican

Other county offices

  • Clerk of Courts, Judy Enslen, Democrat
  • Controller, David A. Rossi, Democrat
  • Coroner, Teri Tatalovich-Rossi, Democrat
  • District Attorney, Anthony Berosh, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Nancy Werme, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Janice Jeschke Beall, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Carol Fiorucci, Democrat
  • Sheriff, George David, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Connie Javens, Democrat

Pennsylvania State Senate

  • Barry Stout, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 46th Senatorial District
  • Elder Vogel Jr., Republican, Pennsylvania's 47th Senatorial District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

  • Christopher Sainato, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 9th Representative District
  • Jaret Gibbons, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 10th Representative District
  • Jim Marshall, Republican, Pennsylvania's 14th Representative District
  • Jim Christiana, Republican, Pennsylvania's 15th Representative District
  • Robert F. Matzie, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 16th Representative District
  • Jesse J. White, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 46th Representative District

United States House of Representatives

Protected areas

See also


External links

Coordinates: 40°41′N 80°21′W / 40.69°N 80.35°W / 40.69; -80.35

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