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Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clearfield County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1822
Seat Clearfield
Largest city DuBois
 • Total 1,154 sq mi (2,989 km2)
 • Land 1,145 sq mi (2,966 km2)
 • (2010) 81,642
 • Density 71/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.clearfieldcowww
Designated September 17, 1982[1]

Clearfield County is a

  • History of Townships in Clearfield County, PA
  • [3] History of Clearfield County
  • [4] Clearfield County Fair

External links

  1. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania: Individual County Chronologies". Pennsylvania Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
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See also

Rank City/Town/etc. Population (2010 Census) Municipal type Incorporated
1 DuBois 7,794 City 1881 (borough) 1914 (city)
2 Clearfield 6,215 Borough 1840
3 Treasure Lake 3,861 CDP
4 Curwensville 2,542 Borough 1851
5 Sandy 1,429 CDP
6 Hyde 1,399 CDP
7 Osceola Mills 1,141 Borough 1864
8 Falls Creek (mostly in Jefferson County) 1,037 Borough
9 Plymptonville 981 CDP
10 Chester Hill 883 Borough 1883
11 Houtzdale 797 Borough 1872
12 Oklahoma 782 CDP
13 Morrisdale 754 CDP
14 Irvona 647 Borough 1890
15 Hawk Run 534 CDP
16 West Decatur 533 CDP
17 Coalport 523 Borough 1883
18 Grassflat 511 CDP
19 Ramey 451 Borough 1878
20 Brisbin 411 Borough 1883
21 Bigler 398 CDP
22 Westover 390 Borough 1895
23 Mahaffey 368 Borough 1889
24 Grampian 356 Borough 1885
25 Kylertown 340 CDP
26 Wallaceton 313 Borough 1873
27 Allport 264 CDP
28 Troutville 243 Borough 1890
29 Burnside 234 Borough 1874
30 Glen Hope 142 Borough 1878
31 Newburg 92 Borough 1885
32 Lumber City 76 Former Borough 1857 (dissolved 2014)
33 New Washington 59 Borough 1859

county seat

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Clearfield County.[13]

Population ranking

Unincorporated areas are region of land that are not parts of any incorporated boroughs, cities, or towns.

Unincorporated communities

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.

Census-designated places




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 Clearfield County:

Map of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels, showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).


Points of interest

Course # Name Location Holes Website
3133 Chetremon Golf Course 2 miles north of Cherry Tree in Burnside Township Clearfield County 10
3274 Grandview Golf Club 1 mile south of Lumber City 18



Lake/stream Location Tributary of
Bear Run Reservoir Pike Township West Branch of the Susquehanna River
Chest Creek Chest Township West Branch of the Susquehanna River
Clearfield Reservoir Pike Township West Branch of the Susquehanna River
Curwensville Lake Pike Township West Branch of the Susquehanna River
DuBois Reservoir Union Township near Home Camp
Duck Marshes northern Girard Township near Elk County line
Irvona Reservoir Chest Township Clearfield Creek
Lake Sabula Sandy Township near Sabula
Laurel Run (Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek) Huston Township in Parker Dam State Park Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek
Moose Creek Reservoir Lawrence Township near Mt. Joy West Branch of the Susquehanna River
Parker Lake Huston Township in Parker Dam State Park Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek
Penfield Reservoir Huston Township near Hoovertown Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek
Treasure Lake Sandy Township Treasure Lake
Tyler Reservoir Huston Township near Tyler Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek
West Branch of the Susquehanna River Most of central & eastern Clearfield County including Mahaffey, Curwensville, and Clearfield Susquehanna River
SGL# Location Hunting Area Acreage Species
34 Medix Run Benezette, Covington, Girard, Goshen Townships 8,000 bear, dear, turkey
77 Clear Run Sandy Township 3,038 bear, dear, rabbit, squirrel
78 Bigler Bradford & Graham Townships 721 bear, deer, turkey
87 Irishtown Bell & Penn Townships 10,422 dear, grouse, turkey
90 Goshen Goshen & Lawrence Townships 3,958 bear, deer, turkey
93 Sabula Union & Huston Townships 4,876 bear, deer, turkey
94 Lecontes Mills Goshen & Lawrence Townships 2,108 bear, deer, turkey
98 Blue Ball (West Decatur) Boggs & Decatur Townships 1,172 dear, rabbit, turkey


Campground # Name Location Campsites Swimming Fishing Hunting
2515 Woodland Campground Woodland 70 yes yes yes



Clearfield County is also home to the largest wild area in Pennsylvania, the Quehanna Wild Area. A culturally and historically significant natural formation of massive sandstone megaliths can be found at Bilger's rocks.

There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Clearfield County.


  • Clearfield County Public Library - Curwensville
  • Curwensville Public Library
  • DuBois Public Library -
  • Glendale Public Library - Coalport
  • Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library - Clearfield


  • Butchers Run Amish School
  • Clearfield Alliance Christian School
  • DuBois Area Catholic Elementary School
  • DuBois Area Catholic High School
  • DuBois Christian Schools
  • Golden Yoke School
  • Milestones Achievement Center
  • Mount Calvary Christian Academy
  • New Story (DuBois)
  • Otterbein Christian Academy
  • Paint & Play School (DuBois)
  • Scenic View School
  • St Francis Grade School
  • Weber Road School

Private schools

  • Quehanna Boot Camp - Karthaus
  • SCI-Houtzdale - Houtzdale

Correctional institution schools

  • Central IU 10 - West Decatur

Intermediate unit

Public school districts

Community, junior and technical colleges

Map of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Colleges and universities


Correctional facilities

Senator Party
Pat Toomey Republican
Bob Casey Democrat

United States Senate

District Representative Party
5 Glenn "G.T." Thompson Republican

United States House of Representatives

District Representative Party
74 Thomas R. Sankey, III Republican
75 Matt Gabler Republican

State House of Representatives

District Senator Party
25 Joseph B. Scarnati Republican
35 John N. Wozniak Democrat
41 Donald C. White Republican

State Senate

  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, William A. Shaw, Democrat
  • Controller, Antonio Scotto, Republican
  • Coroner, J. Michael Morris, Republican
  • District Attorney, William A. Shaw Jr., Democrat
  • Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds, Maurene Inlow, Republican
  • Sheriff, Wesley Thurston, Republican
  • Treasurer, Carol Fox, Democrat

Other county offices

  • John Sobel, Republican
  • Joan McMillen, Republican
  • Mark McCracken, Democrat

County commissioners

While the county registration tends to be evenly matched between Democrats and Republicans, the county trends Republican in statewide elections. In 2006, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. received 55% of its vote when he unseated incumbent Republican US Senator Rick Santorum and Ed Rendell received 50.2% of the vote against Lynn Swann. Each of the three row-office statewide winners carried Clearfield in 2008.

As of October 2014, there are 50,846 registered voters in Clearfield County.[14]

Politics and government

The United States Office of Management and Budget[12] has designated Clearfield County as the DuBois, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census[13] the micropolitan area ranked 6th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 64th most populous in the United States with a population of 81,642. Clearfield County is also a part of the State College-DuBois, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), which combines the populations of both Clearfield and Centre County areas, as well as the State College area. The Combined Statistical Area ranked 9th in the State of Pennsylvania and 123rd most populous in the United States with a population of 235,632.

Map of the State College-DuBois, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), composed of the following parts:

Micropolitan Statistical Area

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

There were 32,785 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 83,382 people, 32,785 households, and 22,916 families residing in the county. The population density was 73 people per square mile (28/km2). There were 37,855 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.40% White, 1.49% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.9% were of German, 13.6% American, 10.2% English, 9.9% Irish, 9.1% Italian and 6.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.


Adjacent counties

Major highways

The mountainous terrain of the county made traffic difficult for early settlers. Various Native American paths and trails crossing the area were used intermittently by settlers, invading armies, and escaped slaves travelling north along the Underground Railroad. A major feature located in Bloom Township, Pennsylvania within the county is known as Bilger's rocks and exhibits fine examples of exposed sandstone bedrock that was created during the formation of the Appalachian Mountains.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,154 square miles (2,990 km2), of which 1,145 square miles (2,970 km2) is land and 9.2 square miles (24 km2) (0.8%) is water.[5] It is the third-largest county in Pennsylvania by land area and fourth-largest by total area. The West Branch Susquehanna River flows through the county bisecting the county seat along the way.


The two major industries of the county in the mid-1800s until the early 1900s was lumber and coal. Lumber was still being floated down the West Branch of the Susquehanna up until 1917. Coal remains the main industry of the county to this day.

Early industry

The first board of county commissioners to the county were Roland Curtin, James Fleming and James Smith, all appointed by Governor McKean in 1805. The first act the commissioners did was to create a local government or seat of the newly created county. They came upon land owned at the time by Abraham Witmer at a village known as Chincleclamousche, named after the Native American chief of the Cornplanter's tribe of Senecas. Clearfield became the new name of the old village.

Location of county government

Clearfield County was formed by the Act of Assembly by the second Governor of Pennsylvania at the time, Thomas McKean on March 26, 1804. The county was created from parts of the already created counties of Huntingdon and Lycoming. The name for the county was most likely derived from the many cleared fields of the valleys surrounding Clearfield Creek and West Branch of the Susquehanna River, formed by the bison herds and also by old corn fields of prior Native Americans tribes.



  • History 1
    • Location of county government 1.1
    • Early industry 1.2
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Micropolitan Statistical Area 4
  • Politics and government 5
    • County commissioners 5.1
    • Other county offices 5.2
    • State Senate 5.3
    • State House of Representatives 5.4
    • United States House of Representatives 5.5
    • United States Senate 5.6
  • Correctional facilities 6
  • Education 7
    • Colleges and universities 7.1
    • Community, junior and technical colleges 7.2
    • Public school districts 7.3
    • Intermediate unit 7.4
    • Correctional institution schools 7.5
    • Private schools 7.6
    • Libraries 7.7
  • Recreation 8
    • Camping 8.1
    • Hunting/fishing 8.2
    • Sporting 8.3
    • Points of interest 8.4
  • Communities 9
    • City 9.1
    • Boroughs 9.2
    • Townships 9.3
    • Census-designated places 9.4
    • Unincorporated communities 9.5
    • Population ranking 9.6
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Clearfield County comprises the DuBois, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the State College-DuBois, PA Combined Statistical Area.


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