Cameron County
Cameron County Courthouse in Emporium
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cameron County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°26′N 78°12′W / 41.44°N 78.2°W / 41.44; -78.2
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedMarch 29, 1860
Named forSimon Cameron
SeatEmporium
Largest boroughEmporium
Area
 • Total398 sq mi (1,030 km2)
 • Land396 sq mi (1,030 km2)
 • Water2.2 sq mi (6 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4,547
 • Density11.4/sq mi (4.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district15th
Websitewww.cameroncountypa.com
DesignatedSeptember 14, 1982[1]

Cameron County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,547,[2] making it Pennsylvania's least populous county. Its county seat is Emporium.[3] The county was created on March 29, 1860, from parts of Clinton, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties. It is named for Senator Simon Cameron.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 398 square miles (1,030 km2), of which 396 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4] It has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in Emporium range from 24.2 °F in January to 69.3 °F in July, while in Driftwood they range from 24.9 °F in January to 69.9 °F in July. [1]

Adjacent counties

Major roads

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18704,273
18805,15920.7%
18907,23840.3%
19007,048−2.6%
19107,6448.5%
19206,297−17.6%
19305,307−15.7%
19406,85229.1%
19507,0232.5%
19607,5868.0%
19707,096−6.5%
19806,674−5.9%
19905,913−11.4%
20005,9741.0%
20105,085−14.9%
20204,547−10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2017[9]

As of the 2000 census,[10] there were 5,974 people, 2,465 households, and 1,624 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km2). There were 4,592 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.83% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.5% were of German, 13.5% American, 13.3% Italian, 10.9% Irish, 8.2% English and 5.8% Polish ancestry.

There were 2,465 households, out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 30.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

Law and government

United States presidential election results for Cameron County, Pennsylvania[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,771 72.58% 634 25.98% 35 1.43%
2016 1,589 71.90% 531 24.03% 90 4.07%
2012 1,359 63.95% 724 34.07% 42 1.98%
2008 1,323 58.62% 879 38.95% 55 2.44%
2004 1,599 66.46% 794 33.00% 13 0.54%
2000 1,383 61.58% 779 34.68% 84 3.74%
1996 1,113 49.89% 822 36.84% 296 13.27%
1992 1,173 43.80% 824 30.77% 681 25.43%
1988 1,731 65.20% 901 33.94% 23 0.87%
1984 2,031 67.05% 990 32.68% 8 0.26%
1980 1,795 59.24% 1,112 36.70% 123 4.06%
1976 1,616 54.28% 1,319 44.31% 42 1.41%
1972 1,935 68.45% 828 29.29% 64 2.26%
1968 1,822 58.96% 1,104 35.73% 164 5.31%
1964 1,376 41.89% 1,904 57.96% 5 0.15%
1960 2,129 61.06% 1,353 38.80% 5 0.14%
1956 2,462 74.52% 841 25.45% 1 0.03%
1952 2,307 69.05% 1,020 30.53% 14 0.42%
1948 1,596 64.75% 858 34.81% 11 0.45%
1944 1,729 60.60% 1,115 39.08% 9 0.32%
1940 1,793 55.15% 1,450 44.60% 8 0.25%
1936 1,801 53.21% 1,538 45.44% 46 1.36%
1932 1,438 64.31% 748 33.45% 50 2.24%
1928 1,564 75.52% 501 24.19% 6 0.29%
1924 1,366 77.18% 260 14.69% 144 8.14%
1920 1,364 68.06% 497 24.80% 143 7.14%
1916 713 59.17% 452 37.51% 40 3.32%
1912 388 30.10% 291 22.58% 610 47.32%
1908 1,110 65.72% 533 31.56% 46 2.72%
1904 1,228 73.75% 404 24.26% 33 1.98%
1900 971 63.59% 514 33.66% 42 2.75%
1896 925 59.60% 575 37.05% 52 3.35%
1892 829 52.37% 701 44.28% 53 3.35%
1888 782 58.14% 551 40.97% 12 0.89%


Voter Registration

As of February 21, 2022, there are 3,008 registered voters in Cameron County.[12]

Chart of Voter Registration

  Republican (58.94%)
  Democratic (28.62%)
  Independent (7.18%)
  Third Party (5.25%)

County-row offices

State Senate

State House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate

Education

Public school districts

Recreation

There are three Pennsylvania state parks that are partly in Cameron County.

The West Creek Rail Trail has been built on the abandoned rail corridor between Emporium and St. Mary's in Elk County. It provides a paved surface with guard rails and is suitable for hiking or biking in the warm seasons or snowmobiling in winter.[13]

The Fred Woods Trail offers a 4.57 mile loop of blazed trail with scenic valley views and a challenging section running through unique rock formations. The trailhead is accessed off Mason Hill Road above Driftwood, PA.[14][15][16]

Communities

Map of Cameron County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).
Map of Cameron County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

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 Cameron County:

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated place

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Cameron County.[17]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Emporium 2,073 Borough 1864
2 Prospect Park 327 CDP
3 Driftwood 67 Borough 1872

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers Search". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on March 21, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Cameron County, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 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. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Voter registration statistics by county". Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  13. ^ "PROJECT TRAIL: West Creek Recreational Trail | Pennsylvania Trails | TrailLink.com". Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  14. ^ http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003252.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  15. ^ "Fred Woods Trail". VisitPA - #visitPA. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Fred Woods Trail Description". www.wapitiwoods.com. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

Coordinates: 41°26′N 78°12′W / 41.44°N 78.20°W / 41.44; -78.20