Jefferson County, Pennsylvania

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Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. In 2000, its population was 45,932. It was established on March 26, 1804, from part of Lycoming County and named for then-President Thomas Jefferson. Its county seat is Brookville[1]. It is home to Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that predicts when spring will come every February 2 (Groundhog Day).

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 657 square miles (1,701.6 km2), of which 655 square miles (1,696.4 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.21%) is water.

Adjacent counties

State Park

Part of Cook Forest State Park is in Jefferson County.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 45,932 people, 18,375 households, and 12,862 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 22,104 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.97% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.1% were of German, 13.4% Italian, 10.8% American, 9.2% Irish and 7.8% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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