The County was named after John Armstrong, who served as a brigadier general and major general in the Revolutionary War.
Armstrong County is home to the City of Parker, an incorporated third-class city, which was an oil boom town with a population rumored to be approximately 20,000 in 1873, but now is the "Smallest City in America" with a population of just under 800. Parker is located in the extreme northwest portion of the county.
Iron was made in the Brady's Bend area of the county twenty years before there was a foundry in Pittsburgh doing so. Ford City is home to the plate-glass industry, as John Ford created the company which later became Pittsburgh Plate Glass.
Kittanning once boasted more millionnaires than anywhere else in Pennsylvania during the 1880s.
Leechburg was the first place in the United States to use natural gas for metallurgical purposes, in 1869. Natural gas was found while drilling for oil, and eventually introduced into the boilers and furnaces of Siberian Iron Works here.
Freeport, Leechburg and Apollo were communities built along the Pennsylvania Canal, which passed through on the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas rivers, at the southern border of the county.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 664 square miles (1,720 km2), of which 653 square miles (1,690 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.6%) is water.
The Allegheny and Kiskiminetas rivers; Buffalo, Crooked, Cowanshannock, Redbank, and Mahoning creeks; and Carnahan Run, among others, have watersheds within the county. The Murphy, Nicholson, Ross, and Cogley islands are in the Allegheny in Armstrong County.Clarion County (north)
Jefferson County (northeast)
Indiana County (east)
Westmoreland County (south)
Allegheny County (southwest)
Butler County (west)
Venango County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 72,392 people, 29,005 households, and 20,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 111 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 32,387 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.6% were of German, 10.8% Italian, 9.3% Irish, 8.7% American, 7.4% English and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 29,005 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.Birth rate
Armstrong County's live birth rate was 890 births in 1990. Armstrong County's live birth rate in 2000 was 740 births, while in 2011 it had declined further to 680 babies. Over the past 50 years (1960 to 2010), rural Pennsylvania saw a steady decline in both the number and proportion of residents under 18 years old. In 1960, 1.06 million rural residents, or 35 percent of the rural population, were children.Teen Pregnancy rate
Armstrong County had a 448 babies born to teens (age15-19) in 2011. In 2015, the number of teen births in Armstrong County was 418.County poverty demographics
According to research by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which is a legislative Agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the poverty rate for Armstrong County was 13.8% in 2014. The statewide poverty rate was 13.6% in 2014. The 2012 childhood poverty rate by school district was: Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District - 37.2%, Apollo-Ridge School District - 46.6% living at 185% or below than the Federal Poverty Level, Armstrong School District - 48.9%, Freeport Area School District - 27.7%, and Leechburg Area School District - 39.6.
As of November 2008, there were 45,532 registered voters in Armstrong County.Republican: 20,763 (45.60%)
Democratic: 20,525 (45.08%)
Other Parties: 4,244 (9.32%)
County Commissioners:Pat Fabian (Democrat), Chairman
Jason Renshaw, Vice-Chairman
George J. Skamai, Secretary
District Attorney:Scott J. Andreassi (Democrat)
Sheriff:Bill Rupert (Democrat)
Controller:Myra "Tammy" Miller (Republican)
Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds:Marianne Hileman (Republican)
Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts:Brenda C. George (Republican)
Jury Commissioners:Karen Shreckengost (Republican)
Paul Kijowski (Democrat)
Judges:Kenneth G. Valasek, President Judge (Democrat)
James Panchik (Democrat)
Joseph A. Nickleach, Sr. Judge (Democrat)
Jim Ferlo, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 38th Senatorial District
Donald C. White, Republican, Pennsylvania's 41st Senatorial District
Eli Evankovich, Republican, Pennsylvania's 54th Representative District
Jeff Pyle, Republican, Pennsylvania's 60th Representative District
Joseph A. Petrarca, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 55th Representative District
Donna Oberlander, Republican, Pennsylvania's 63rd Representative District
Sam Smith, Republican, Pennsylvania's 66th Representative District
Mike Kelly, Republican, Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Northpointe - South Buffalo Township
Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District (part) - ranked 415th (2012), 448th in 2010
Apollo-Ridge School District (part) - ranked 406 (2012), 437th (2010)
Armstrong School District (part, 3 high schools) - ranked 342nd (2012), 328th in 2010
Freeport Area School District (part) - ranked 148th (2012), 124th in 2010
Karns City Area School District (part) - ranked 193rd (2012), 177th in 2010
Kiski Area School District (part) - ranked 96th (2012), 101st in 2010
Leechburg Area School District (part) - ranked 416th (2012), 400th in 2010
Redbank Valley School District (part) - ranked 298th (2012), 279th in 2010
The 498 school districts of Pennsylvania, that have high schools, were ranked for student academic achievement as demonstrated by four years of writing, science math and reading PSSA results by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2010.Lenape Technology School - Ford City
As reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education - EdNA. April 2012.Adelphoi Village Miller Home - Apollo
Divine Redeemer School - Ford City
Dry Knob Amish School - Smicksburg
Evangelical Lutheran School - Worthington
Grace Christian School - Kittanning
Meadow View School - Dayton
Model Education Program - Kittanning
New Bethlehem Wesleyan Methodist School - New Bethlehem
Orchard Hills Christian Academy - Apollo
Owl Hollow Amish School - Smicksburg
Shady Lane Amish School - Smicksburg
Shady Run Amish School - Smicksburg
Stony Acres Amish School - Smicksburg
Stony Flat Amish School - Smicksburg
United Cerebral Palsy Of Western Pennsylvania - Spring Church
Whippoorwill School - Smicksburg
Worthington Baptist Christian School - Worthington
There are six public libraries in Armstrong County:Apollo Memorial Library - Apollo, PA
Ford City Public Library - Ford City, PA
Freeport Area Library - Freeport, PA
Kittanning Public Library - Kittanning, PA
Leechburg Public Library - Leechburg, PA
Worthington West Franklin Community Library - Worthington, PA
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 Armstrong County:Parker
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.Kiskimere
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Armstrong County.
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