Forest County
Forest County Courthouse, Tionesta
Forest County Courthouse, Tionesta
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Forest 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°31′N 79°14′W / 41.52°N 79.24°W / 41.52; -79.24
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedSeptember 1, 1857
SeatTionesta
Largest communityMarienville
Area
 • Total430 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land427 sq mi (1,110 km2)
 • Water3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
7,279
 • Density17/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district15th
Websitewww.co.forest.pa.us

Forest County is a county located in western Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,716,[1] making it the third-least populous county in Pennsylvania. Its county seat is Tionesta.[2] The county was created in 1848 and later organized in 1857.[3]

History

Forest County was created on April 11, 1848, from part of Jefferson County. The county was enlarged on October 31, 1866, when part of Venango County was incorporated into the county. Forest County was named for the forests contained within its limits.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 430 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 427 square miles (1,110 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.8%) is water.[5] It has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in Tionesta range from 25.3 °F in January to 69.8 °F in July. [1]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Part of Allegheny National Forest covers Forest County.

State protected area

Part of Cook Forest State Park is in Forest County.

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860898
18704,010346.5%
18804,3859.4%
18908,48293.4%
190011,03930.1%
19109,435−14.5%
19207,477−20.8%
19305,180−30.7%
19405,79111.8%
19504,944−14.6%
19604,485−9.3%
19704,9269.8%
19805,0723.0%
19904,802−5.3%
20004,9463.0%
20107,71656.0%
20206,973−9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2017[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 4,946 people, 2,000 households, and 1,328 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km2). There were 8,701 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county, largely a result of the SCI Forest State Penitentiary, was 77.4% White, 21.1% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.5% English or Welsh, 14.4% were of German, 10.1% Irish, 12.5% American, 10.1% Irish, 6.8% Scotch-Irish, 2.4% Dutch, and 2.2% French ancestry.

There were 2,000 households, out of which 23.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.70% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 28.90% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 111.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.30 males.

Law and government

2020 Presidential Election Shaded by Borough and Township  Trump:      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
2020 Presidential Election Shaded by Borough and Township
Trump:      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
United States presidential election results for Forest County, Pennsylvania[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,882 70.91% 728 27.43% 44 1.66%
2016 1,683 69.57% 626 25.88% 110 4.55%
2012 1,383 59.51% 896 38.55% 45 1.94%
2008 1,366 55.35% 1,038 42.06% 64 2.59%
2004 1,571 61.06% 989 38.44% 13 0.51%
2000 1,371 60.05% 843 36.93% 69 3.02%
1996 902 40.98% 964 43.80% 335 15.22%
1992 801 37.36% 890 41.51% 453 21.13%
1988 1,159 56.13% 895 43.34% 11 0.53%
1984 1,468 63.36% 839 36.21% 10 0.43%
1980 1,206 56.12% 819 38.11% 124 5.77%
1976 1,135 51.90% 1,017 46.50% 35 1.60%
1972 1,374 71.75% 509 26.58% 32 1.67%
1968 1,172 59.40% 669 33.91% 132 6.69%
1964 900 41.78% 1,249 57.99% 5 0.23%
1960 1,497 64.19% 828 35.51% 7 0.30%
1956 1,535 71.13% 622 28.82% 1 0.05%
1952 1,511 69.92% 627 29.01% 23 1.06%
1948 1,209 62.29% 687 35.39% 45 2.32%
1944 1,344 65.95% 673 33.02% 21 1.03%
1940 1,811 66.19% 919 33.59% 6 0.22%
1936 1,757 59.50% 1,157 39.18% 39 1.32%
1932 1,090 63.34% 569 33.06% 62 3.60%
1928 1,707 84.59% 289 14.32% 22 1.09%
1924 1,130 71.20% 280 17.64% 177 11.15%
1920 993 56.36% 389 22.08% 380 21.57%
1916 617 47.03% 463 35.29% 232 17.68%
1912 240 15.38% 373 23.91% 947 60.71%
1908 1,119 60.91% 512 27.87% 206 11.21%
1904 1,328 68.14% 411 21.09% 210 10.77%
1900 1,309 61.25% 714 33.41% 114 5.33%
1896 1,224 57.74% 805 37.97% 91 4.29%
1892 938 54.31% 660 38.22% 129 7.47%
1888 917 57.24% 612 38.20% 73 4.56%


Voter Registration

As of February 21, 2022, there are 3,344 registered voters in Forest County.[12]

Chart of Voter Registration

  Republican (58.40%)
  Democratic (30.32%)
  Independent (6.52%)
  Third Party (4.75%)










State Senate

State House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate

Education

The Forest Area School District serves the entire Forest County.

Private schools

Libraries

Communities

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

Borough

Townships

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Forest County.[14] The jump in census figures between the 2000 and 2010 census, is due in a large part to the opening of the State Correctional Institution - Forest (SCI - Forest) in October 2004. SCI Forest houses approximately 2,200 inmates at their facility in Marienville, PA.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 Marienville 3,137 CDP
2 Tionesta 483 Borough 1805

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania: Individual County Chronologies". Pennsylvania Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 128. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Archived from the original on August 11, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  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. Archived from the original on March 23, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Voter registration statistics by county". Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  13. ^ a b Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Find Your Legislator". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Archived from the original on May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  14. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

Coordinates: 41°31′N 79°14′W / 41.52°N 79.24°W / 41.52; -79.24