Perry County, Pennsylvania
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Saville Covered Bridge in Saville Township
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 22, 1820
Seat New Bloomfield
Largest city Marysville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

556 sq mi (1,440 km²)
554 sq mi (1,435 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.40%
 - (2010)
 - Density

83/sq mi (32/km²)

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is one of three counties comprising the HarrisburgCarlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 45,969. The center of population of Pennsylvania is located in Perry County, in the borough of Duncannon.[1]

Perry County, originally part of Cumberland County, was created in 1820 in part because residents did not want to travel over the mountain to Carlisle (the county seat of Cumberland County). Perry County's county seat is Bloomfield, which is sometimes called New Bloomfield.[2] It was created on March 22, 1820, and was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, who had recently died.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 556 square miles (1,439 km²), of which 554 square miles (1,434 km²) is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) (0.40%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 11,342
1830 14,261 25.7%
1840 17,096 19.9%
1850 20,088 17.5%
1860 22,793 13.5%
1870 25,447 11.6%
1880 27,522 8.2%
1890 26,276 −4.5%
1900 26,263 0%
1910 24,136 −8.1%
1920 22,875 −5.2%
1930 21,744 −4.9%
1940 23,213 6.8%
1950 24,782 6.8%
1960 26,582 7.3%
1970 28,615 7.6%
1980 35,718 24.8%
1990 41,172 15.3%
2000 43,609 5.9%
2010 45,969 5.4%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 43,602 people, 16,695 households, and 12,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 79 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 18,941 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.8% were of German, 16.4% American, 7.8% Irish and 5.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.8% spoke English and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 16,695 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01. There is also a high population of Amish.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

Municipalities Edit

Map of Perry County Pennsylvania With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Perry 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 Perry County:



Map of Perry County Pennsylvania School Districts

Map of Perry County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts


Perry County is one of the most Republican counties in Pennsylvania. In 2004, George W. Bush received 13,919 votes (72%) to 5,423 votes (28%) for John Kerry. The county has voted for the Republican in every presidential election since 1964. In 2006, Lynn Swann received 9,998 votes (69%) to 4,477 votes (31%) for Ed Rendell, making it Swann's strongest county in his defeat. Rick Santorum also received more than 60% of the Perry County vote in his defeat.


Public school districtsEdit

Intermediate unitEdit

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15 is a state approved education agency that offers: Perry County school districts, charter schools, private schools, and home school students, a variety of services including: a completely developed K-12 curriculum that is mapped and aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards (available online), shared services, a joint purchasing program and a wide variety of special education and special needs services.

Private schoolsEdit

As reported on EdNA by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • Blue Goose Children's Learning Center, Inc - Newport
  • Carson Long Military Institute
  • Clarks Run Parochial School - Blain
  • Community Christian Academy - Newport
  • Farm Lane School - Ickesburg
  • Fowlers Hollow School - Blain
  • Heritage Christian School - West Perry
  • Honeysuckle Ridge School - Elliotsburg
  • Kuddly Bear Child Care Center Inc. - Duncannon
  • Loysville Youth Development Center - Loysville
  • Manassa School - Blain
  • Messiah Day Care Center - Elliottsburg
  • Mountain View Parochial School - Ickesburg
  • Perry View Parochial School - Landisburg
  • Raccoon Valley Amish School - Millerstown
  • Shermans View School - Loysville
  • Stony Point School - Loysville
  • Sunset Valley School - Millerstown

Trade schoolsEdit

  • Central Pennsylvania Diesel Institute - Liverpool



The county is home to three weekly newspapers, all published by Advance Publications of Perry and Juniata Counties, Inc.: Duncannon Record, The News-Sun and Perry County Times.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ State Population Centers, U.S. Census Bureau
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Early History of Perry County
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  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Perry County Times

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 40°24′N 77°16′W / 40.40, -77.27

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