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Westmoreland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvaniamarker. It was founded on February 26, 1773, and was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania west of the Allegheny Mountains. Westmoreland County originally included the present-day counties of Fayettemarker, Washingtonmarker, Greenemarker, and parts of Beavermarker, Alleghenymarker, Indianamarker, and Armstrongmarker counties. At the 2000 census, the population was 369,993. The county seat is Greensburgmarker . It is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area, while eastern Westmoreland County borders the Johnstownmarker Metro Area. A major coal strike occurred in the county in the winter of 1910-1911.

Politics and government

As of November 2008, there are 249,147 registered voters in Westmoreland County [13794].



The Democratic Party has been historically dominant in county-level and national politics and continues to hold the commissioner majority and all county row offices, however Westmoreland has trended Republican at the national and statewide levels. In 2000, Republican George W. Bush won 51% and Democrat Al Gore won 45%. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won 56% and Democrat John Kerry won 43%. In 2008, Republican John McCain won 57% to Democrat Barack Obama's 41%. Governor Ed Rendell lost Westmoreland in both 2002 and 2006. In 2008 Republican Tim Krieger picked up the 57th House district left open by the retirement of Democrat Tom Tangretti.

County commissioners

  • Tom Balya, Democrat
  • Tom Ceraso, Democrat
  • Charles Anderson, Republican


Other county officials

  • Clerk of Courts, David L. Patterson, Democrat
  • Controller, Carmen Pedicone, Democrat
  • Coroner, Kenneth Bacha, Democrat
  • District Attorney, John Peck, Democrat
  • Prothonotary, Ron Diehl, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Tom Murphy, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Earl S. Keim II, Democrat
  • Sheriff, Chris Scherer, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Kathalyn O'Brien, Democrat


Pennsylvania House of Representatives

District Representative Party
25 Joseph Markosek Democrat
52 Deberah Kula Democrat
54 John E. Pallone Democrat
55 Joseph A. Petrarca Democrat
56 James E. Casorio Democrat
57 Tim Krieger Republican
58 R. Ted Harhai Democrat
59 Mike Reese Republican


Pennsylvania State Senate

District Senator Party
32 Rich Kasunic Democrat
38 Jim Ferlo Democrat
39 Kim Ward Republican
41 Donald C. White Republican
45 Sean Logan Democrat
46 J. Barry Stout Democrat


United States House of Representatives

District Representative Party
4 Jason Altmire Democrat
12 John Murtha Democrat
18 Tim Murphy Republican


United States Senate

Senator Party
Arlen Specter Democrat
Bob Casey Democrat


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,036 square miles (2,684 km²), of which, 1,025 square miles (2,656 km²) of it is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) of it (1.05%) is water.

Adjacent counties



Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 369,993 people, 149,813 households, and 104,569 families residing in the county. The population density was 361 people per square mile (139/km²). There were 161,058 housing units at an average density of 157 per square mile (61/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of German, 18.5% Italian, 9.7% Irish, 8.9% Polish, 6.7% English, 5.2% Slovak and 5.0% Americanmarker ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 149,813 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.

Municipalities

Map of Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County:

Cities

Boroughs



Townships



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.


Education

Public School Districts

Map of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts


Private High School



Notable residents

See also: :Category:People from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania



Recreation

There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Westmoreland County.

See also



References



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