- Perry County, Pennsylvania
Infobox U.S. County
county = Perry County
state = Pennsylvania
map size = 225
March 22, 1820
seat = New Bloomfield | largest city = Marysville
area percentage = 0.40%
census yr = 2000
pop = 43602
web = www.perryco.org
Perry County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Pennsylvaniaand is one of four counties comprising the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area. As of 2004, the population is 44,652. The center of populationof Pennsylvania is located in Perry County, in the borough of Duncannon [http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cenpop/statecenters.txt] .
Perry County was part of Cumberland County. Perry County was formed at least in part because residents did not want to travel over the mountain to Carlisle (the
county seatof Cumberland County). Perry County's county seatis New BloomfieldGR|6. It was created on March 22, 1820, and was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, who had recently died. As of August 2005, it was one of only two counties in Pennsylvania without a permanent traffic light. However since that date, a traffic light has been approved for the Marysville and may be in place by 2009.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 556
square miles (1,439 km²), of which, 554 square miles (1,434 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.40%) is water.
*Juniata County (north)
*Northumberland County (northeast)
*Dauphin County (east)
*Cumberland County (south)
*Franklin County (southwest)
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 43,602 people, 16,695 households, and 12,320 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 79 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 18,941 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.8% were of German, 16.4% American, 7.8% Irish and 5.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.8% spoke English and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.
There were 16,695 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01. There is also a high population of
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.
Accent and dialect
The dominant speech pattern in Perry County is the
Central Pennsylvania accent.
Folklore and Popular Culture
Shermans Dale is the possible site of the "
Bright Sherman Valley", an alternative name for the folk song Red River Valley.Hunting season is the county's most popular holiday in which most residents and tourist hunt for white tailed deer.
It is believed some residents of the county are so remote they travel a hour one way to reach any major shopping centers. There currently are no
traffic signals(stoplights) in Perry county.
Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, , and, in at most two cases, towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Perry County:
Perry County is one of the most Republican counties in Pennsylvania. In 2004,
George W. Bushreceived 13,919 votes (72%) to 5,423 votes (28%) for John Kerry. The county has voted for the Republican in every presidential electionsince 1964. In 2006, Lynn Swannreceived 9,998 votes (69%) to 4,477 votes (31%) for Ed Rendell, making it Swann's strongest county in his defeat. Rick Santorumalso received more than 60% of the Perry County vote in his defeat.
Public School Districts
Fannett-Metal School District
Greenwood School District
* Newport School District
Susquenita School District
West Perry School District
* [http://www.perryco.org/ Perry County] (official website)
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