Bradford County, Pennsylvania
|Founded||February 21, 1810|
|Named for||William Bradford|
|• Total||1,161 sq mi (3,010 km2)|
|• Land||1,147 sq mi (2,970 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (40 km2) 1.2%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||53/sq mi (20/km2)|
|Designated||July 10, 1982|
Bradford County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, its population was 62,622. Its county seat is Towanda. The county was created on February 21, 1810, from parts of Lycoming and Luzerne Counties. Originally called Ontario County, it was reorganized and separated from Lycoming County on October 13, 1812, and renamed Bradford County for William Bradford, who had been a chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and United States Attorney General.
Bradford County comprises the Sayre, Pennsylvania micropolitan statistical area.
As noted above, Bradford County was originally named Ontario County. The county was reorganized and renamed in 1812, but a section of north Philadelphia in which major east–west streets are named after Pennsylvania counties retains an Ontario Street, between Westmoreland and Tioga Streets. Two short Bradford Streets are in northeast Philadelphia, about 4 miles from Ontario Street.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,161 square miles (3,010 km2), of which 1,147 square miles (2,970 km2) are land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.2%) are covered by water. It is the second-largest county in Pennsylvania by land area and third-largest by total area.
As of the census of 2000, there were 62,761 people, 24,453 households, and 17,312 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km2). There were 28,664 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.94% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.4% were of English, 19% German, 12.6% Irish and 6.4% Italian ancestry.
There were 24,453 households, out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.50% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.
- Birth rate
The Bradford County live birth rate was 901 births in 1990. The County's live birth rate in 2000 was 710 births, while in 2011 it was 740 babies. From 1960 to 2010, rural Pennsylvania has experienced a decline in the number of residents under 18 years old.
- Teen pregnancy rate
Bradford County had a 511 babies born to teens (age 15–19) in 2011. In 2015, the number of teen births in Bradford County declined to 490.
- 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 Bradford County was 12.9% in 2014. The statewide poverty rate was 13.6% in 2014. The 2012 childhood poverty rate by school district was: Athens Area School District – 40.3% living at 185% or below than the Federal Poverty Level; Canton Area School District – 45.4%; Northeast Bradford School District – 41.2%; Sayre Area School District – 42.7%; Troy Area School District – 39.9%; Towanda Area School District – 44.7% and Wyalusing Area School District – 35.7%. The child poverty rate is collected by the school districts as part of the federal free school lunch program.
Micropolitan Statistical Area
The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Bradford County as the Sayre, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census the micropolitan area ranked 8th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 131st most populous in the United States with a population of 62,622.
Law and government
Bradford County is a Republican Party stronghold in presidential elections. The only two instances Republican presidential candidates have failed to win the county from 1880 to the present were when Theodore Roosevelt won it in 1912 by splitting the Republican vote & in 1964 when Lyndon B. Johnson won statewide & nationally in a landslide. Johnson is also the only Democrat to ever manage over forty percent of the county's vote.
- Daryl Miller, Chairman, Republican
- Doug McLinko, Vice-Chairman, Republican
- John Sullivan, Democrat
Other county officials
- Auditors, Jeff Warner, Eric Matthews, Sebrina Shanks
- Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Dawn Close, Republican
- Coroner, Thomas Carman, Republican
- District Attorney, Chad Salsman, Republican
- Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Sheila Johnson, Republican
- Sheriff, Clinton J. Walters, Republican
- Treasurer, Matthew Allen, Republican
State House of Representatives
- Clint Owlett, Republican, Pennsylvania's 68th Representative District
- Tina Pickett, Republican, Pennsylvania's 110th Representative District
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
Major employers are the natural gas industry, DuPont, Global-Tungsten and Powders (former Sylvania), Jeld-Wen, and Cargill Regional Beef, Wyalusing.
Public school districts
- Athens Area School District
- Canton Area School District (also in Lycoming and Tioga Counties)
- Northeast Bradford School District
- Sayre Area School District
- Towanda Area School District
- Troy Area School District
- Wyalusing Area School District (also in Wyoming County)
- There are 14 public cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania that are available for free statewide, to children K-12. See: Education in Pennsylvania.
Other public school entities
- BLAST Intermediate Unit 17
- Northern Tier Career Center Towanda
- Adult Ed Linkage Services – Troy
- Lackawanna College Towanda Center
- Canton Country School – Canton
- Children's Place – Sayre
- Epiphany School (Catholic) Pre-K–6 – Sayre accepting OSTCP students
- Freedom Lane Academy – Milan
- G&G Learning Center – Rome
- Maranatha Mission Learning Community Branch 19 – Canton
- North Rome Christian School
- South Hill Amish School – Wyalusing
- St. Agnes Elementary School – Towanda accepting OSTCP students
- Union Valley Christian School – Ulster
- Valley View Amish School – Pike Township
- Wyalusing Valley Children's Center INC – Wyalusing
Data from EdNA database maintained by Pennsylvania Department of Education 2012
- Allen F. Pierce Free Library – Troy
- Bradford County Library – Troy
- Bradford County Library System – Troy
- Green Free Library – Canton
- Mather Memorial Library – Ulster
- Monroeton Public Library – Monroeton
- New Albany Community Library Inc.
- Sayre Public Library
- Spalding Memorial Library – Athens
- Towanda Public Library
- Wyalusing Public Library
Public transportation is provided by BeST Transit.
- I-86 / NY 17 (briefly crosses the NY-PA state border, but is maintained by NYSDOT)
- US 220
- PA 14
- PA 154
- PA 187
- PA 328
- PA 367
- PA 414
- PA 467
- PA 514
- PA 549
There is one Pennsylvania state park in Bradford County.
Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in only one case (Bloomsburg, Columbia County), towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Bradford County:
- North Towanda
- South Creek
- Standing Stone
- West Burlington
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type||Incorporated|
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- An outline history of Tioga and Bradford counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York: by townships, villages, boro's and cities, John L. Sexton. The Gazette Company, 1885, p67. 1885. p. 67. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
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- Bradford County History Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Accessed August 21, 2007
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- Pennsylvania Department of Health, Birth Age County Reports 1990, 1990
- Pennsylvania Department of Health, Birth Age County Reports 2000, 2000
- Pennsylvania Department of Health, Birth Age County Reports 2011, 2011
- Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Number of Children Decreasing in Rural Pennsylvania, 2011
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2016). "Pennsylvania Teen Births".
- US Census Bureau (2015). "Poverty Rates by County Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates".
- Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (2012). "Student Poverty Concentration 2012". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
- "Office of Management and Budget - The White House". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-12-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- https://bradfordcountypa.org/commissioners/. Retrieved September 10, 2020. Missing or empty
- "Towanda - Lackawanna College". www.lackawanna.edu. Archived from the original on 30 August 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Bradford County official website
- Bradford County Historical Society
- Bradford County Tourist and Visitor Guide
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division, "2005 General Highway Map of Bradford County".[permanent dead link] Note: shows boroughs, townships, roads, villages, some streams. URL accessed on April 6, 2006.
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