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Greene County, Pennsylvania

Greene County, Pennsylvania
Greene County Courthouse
Seal of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Seal
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded February 9, 1796
Named for Nathanael Greene
Seat Waynesburg
Largest borough Waynesburg
Area
 • Total 578 sq mi (1,497 km2)
 • Land 576 sq mi (1,492 km2)
 • Water 2.0 sq mi (5 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 37,838
 • Density 67/sq mi (26/km²)
Congressional districts 9th, 18th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .us.pa.greene.cowww

Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,686.[1] Its county seat is Waynesburg.[2] Greene County was created on February 9, 1796, from part of Washington County and named for General Nathanael Greene.

Greene County is part of the Pittsburgh DMA. It is located in the area of southwestern Pennsylvania that was formerly claimed by Virginia, the District of West Augusta.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and politics 3
    • County commissioners 3.1
    • Other county officials 3.2
    • State Representative 3.3
    • State Senator 3.4
    • US Representative 3.5
  • Economy 4
  • Education 5
    • Public school districts 5.1
    • Private schools 5.2
    • Libraries 5.3
  • Transportation 6
    • Highways 6.1
    • Airport 6.2
  • Communities 7
    • Boroughs 7.1
    • Townships 7.2
    • Census-designated places 7.3
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 578 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 576 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.4%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 38,686 people, 14,724 households, and 9,970 families residing in the county. The population density was 67 people per square mile (25.9/km²). There were 16,678 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.6 percent White, 3.3 percent Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3 percent Asian, 0.0 percent Pacific Islander, 0.7 percent from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.2 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,724 households out of which 29.3 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5 percent were married couples living together, 10.9 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3 percent were non-families. 27.0 percent of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 19.9 percent under the age of 18, 9.9 percent from 18 to 24, 25.5 percent from 25 to 44, 29.3 percent from 45 to 64, and 15.3 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females there were 106.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

Government and politics

As of November 2010, there are 50,640 registered voters in Greene County.[10]

County commissioners

  • Blair Zimmerman, Democrat
  • Charles Morris, Democrat
  • Archie Trader, Republican

Other county officials

  • President Judge, Hon. William R. Nalitz
  • Associate Judge, Hon. Farley Toothman
  • District Attorney, Marjorie J. Fox, Democrat
  • Sheriff, Brian Tennant, Democrat
  • Coroner, Greg Rohanna, Democrat
  • Clerk of Courts, Sherry Wise, Republican
  • Prothonotary, Susan White, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Tom Headlee, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Cory Grandel, Democrat
  • Controller, David Balint, Democrat

State Representative

  • Pam Snyder, Democrat, 50th district

State Senator

US Representative

Economy

Green County's development commission has assisted area business since 1998.[11]

The Meadow Ridge office park has served the county since the early 2000s.[12]

Education

Map of Greene County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public school districts

Greene County is divided into five (5) public school districts.[13] There are 15 public schools that serve Greene County, Pennsylvania.[14]

Some schools within the five above districts include:

  • Greene County Career Technology Center - Waynesburg
  • East Franklin School - Waynesburg

Private schools

  • Open Door Christian School in Waynesburg (grades K-12)[15][16]
  • Greene Valley Christian Academy in Rices Landing (grades K-8)[17]

Libraries

Transportation

Highways

  • Pennsylvania Route 18 – the southernmost segments of one of the few Pennsylvania state routes to touch two state borders, this route begins at the West Virginia border in Freeport Township; after winding through the rolling hills of southwestern Greene County, it forms a consignment with Route 21 to reach the county seat in Waynesburg, before twisting back toward the northwest and into Washington County
  • U.S. Route 19 – although mostly parallel to and bypassed by the interstate system, this highway is a key north–south link in the county; entering from West Virginia and exiting into rural Washington County, this route connects a variety of small communities to Waynesburg, through which it is briefly cosigned with Route 21
  • Pennsylvania Route 21 – known as the Roy E. Furman Highway, this route is the east–west backbone of the county; the route begins at the border with the West Virginia panhandle, then winds through sparely populated western townships to Waynesburg; after forming the town’s main street, it includes a four-lane segment that features many of the region’s big box stores and commercial strips; the route alternates between two and four-lanes as it travels through hilly eastern villages before crossing the Monongahela River into Fayette County
  • Pittsburgh, this interstate highway breezes through Greene County, providing access to Waynesburg and several small communities
  • Pennsylvania Route 88 – part of a long, winding route that travels slowly through suburban Pittsburgh and the Monongahela Valley, this highway runs through small boroughs such as Carmichaels and Rices Landing during its stretch through the county, before exiting on a bridge over the Monongahela to reach its terminus in the small Fayette County town of Point Marion
  • Jefferson Township, before ending at its parent highway, Route 88
  • Pennsylvania Route 218 – this short rural access road connects Waynesburg with a West Virginia highway of the same number, after traveling through a sparely populated area
  • Pennsylvania Route 221 – this winding highway traverses northern townships in the county, entering from rural areas of Washington County and ending in Morgan Township at Route 188
  • Pennsylvania Route 231 – the final miles of this highway straddle the Washington–Greene County line, as the highway briefly enters Morris Township in its waning segments

Airport

Greene County Airport is a county owned, public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) east of the central business district of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.[18]

Communities

Map of Greene County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing 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 boroughs and townships are located in Greene County:

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.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 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 7, 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 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ Voter Registration Statistics. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  11. ^ Klopfer, Milt (September 2, 1998), "Team targets growth", Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA) 
  12. ^ "Robert Stephenson Named as President of RIDC; Frank Brooks Robinson, Sr. Steps Down", PR Newswire, April 17, 2003 
  13. ^ http://www.co.greene.pa.us/secured/gc2/schools.htm
  14. ^ http://www.privateschoolreview.com/county_private_schools/stateid/PA/county/42059#!public
  15. ^ http://www.privateschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/24274
  16. ^ http://www.greatschools.org/pennsylvania/waynesburg/4506-Open-Door-Christian-School/
  17. ^ http://www.greatschools.org/pennsylvania/rices-landing/5059-Greene-Valley-Christian-Academ/
  18. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for WAY (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.

External links

  • Official website
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