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Elk County, Pennsylvania

Elk County, Pennsylvania
The Elk County courthouse in Ridgway
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Elk County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded April 18, 1843
Named for Eastern elk
Seat Ridgway
Largest city St. Marys
 • Total 832 sq mi (2,155 km2)
 • Land 827 sq mi (2,142 km2)
 • Water 4.9 sq mi (13 km2), 0.6%
 • (2010) 31,946
 • Density 39/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Elk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,946.[1] Its county seat is Ridgway.[2] The county was created on April 18, 1843, from parts of Jefferson, Clearfield and McKean Counties, and is named for the Eastern elk that historically inhabited the region.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
    • State protected areas 1.3
    • Major Highways 1.4
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics and government 3
    • County commissioners 3.1
    • Other county offices 3.2
    • State Representative 3.3
    • State Senator 3.4
    • U.S. Representative 3.5
  • Education 4
    • Public school districts 4.1
    • Private schools 4.2
    • Libraries 4.3
  • Communities 5
    • City 5.1
    • Boroughs 5.2
    • Townships 5.3
    • Census-designated places 5.4
    • Unincorporated communities 5.5
  • See also 6
  • References 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 832 square miles (2,150 km2), of which 827 square miles (2,140 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (0.6%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

State protected areas

Major Highways


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 35,112 people, 14,124 households, and 9,745 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 18,115 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.8% were of German, 17.8% Italian, 7.4% Irish and 5.1% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 14,124 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% 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 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

Politics and government

As of November 2008, there are 20,523 registered voters in Elk County [2].

Elk County tends to be politically competitive in statewide and national elections. The county was carried by 2000 and 2004. The county was carried by Barack Obama in 2008 and by Mitt Romney in 2012 over Obama's victorious ticket.

The three state row offices winners also carried Elk and Democratic incumbent State Representative Dan Surra lost after nine terms to Republican Matt Gabler in 2008.

County commissioners

  • Daniel Freeburg, Chairman, Republican
  • Janis Kemmer, Republican
  • June Sorg, Democrat

Other county offices

  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Susanne Schneider, Republican
  • Coroner, Michelle Muccio, Republican
  • District Attorney, Shawn McMahon,
  • Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Pete Weidenboerner, Democrat
  • Sheriff, Jeffrey Krieg, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Peggy Schneider, Democrat

State Representative

State Senator

U.S. Representative


Map of Elk County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public school districts

All children living in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may also choose to attend one of 12 public cyber charter schools that are licensed in the state.

Children in Elk County are also served by Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine. The Intermediate Unit is located at 499 Spruce Street in Saint Marys. The IU serves all schools (public, private, charter) in Cameron County, Elk County, McKean County and Potter County. IU9 serves 15,761 public school students in fourteen school districts and 1,673 non-public school students in nineteen schools. Intermediate Unit Nine covers an area of 3,300 square miles with a population of 105,102.

Private schools

  • Elk County Catholic High School
  • St Boniface School - Kersey
  • St Leo School - Ridgway
  • St Marys Catholic Elementary School = Saint Marys
  • St Marys Catholic Middle School = Saint Marys
  • North Central Workforce Investment Board - Ridgway
  • Anne Forbes Nursery School - Ridgway


  • Elk County Library System - Saint Marys
  • Johnsonburg Public Library - Johnsonburg
  • Ridgway Free Public Library - Ridgway
  • Saint Marys Public Library - Saint Marys
  • Tri State Coll Library Co-Op - Rosemont
  • Wilcox Public Library - Wilcox


Elk County boroughs and municipalities

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 Elk County:




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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