County population in 2012: 49,324 (16% urban, 84% rural); it was 49,984 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 8,403 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,479 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 15,850 Renter-occupied apartments: 4,351 (it was 3,918 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 1015 sq. mi. Water area: 2.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 49 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bedford County: 94.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (18.1%), Manufacturing (14.8%), Retail trade (13.8%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,221 (1.0%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,036 (1.1%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 14.2%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.1% for Black residents, 43.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.4% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 71.4% for other race residents, 17.8% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bedford County is $425 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $491 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $587 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Bedford County: Blue Knob Recreation Area (A), Sulfur Springs Station (B), Valley Mill (C), Fishertown Station (D), Shaefer Overlook (E), Green Point (F), Parcell (G), Coveburg (H), Willow Grove (I), Hughes (J), Stuckeyville (K), Springville (L), Glendale (M), Bethel Park Campgrounds (N), Blankley Picnic Area (O), Steckman (P), Martin Hill Lot (Q), Evitts (R), Cruse (S), Pine Ridge (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Bedford County include: Union Church (A), Union Memorial Church (B), Upper Claar Church (C), Horne Church (D), Pleasant Union Church (E), Pleasant View Church (F), Holsinger Church (G), Pleasant Ridge Church (H), Lybarger Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Bedford Memorial Gardens (1), Stiefler Cemetery (2), Steele Cemetery (3), Bunker Hill Cemetery (4), Burger Cemetery (5), Camp Run Cemetery (6), Oakdale Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Big Pond (A), Little Pond (B), Lake Groundhog (C), Lake Gordon (D), Red Oaks Lakes (E), Sportsmans Lake (F), Smith Reservoir (G), Shawnee Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bobs Creek (A), Wolf Camp Run (B), Yellow Creek (C), Sweet Root Creek (D), West Branch Sideling Hill Creek (E), Callihan Creek (F), Weimer Run (G), Spicer Brook (H), Tewell Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Bedford County include: State Game Lands Number 261 (1), State Game Lands Number 26 (2), State Game Lands Number 41 (3), Warriors Path State Park (4), Blue Knob State Park (5), State Game Lands Number 97 (6), State Game Lands Number 49 (7), State Game Lands Number 48 (8), Shawnee State Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 176 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $52,595 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $102.05 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.18% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 84.67% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $46,263 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 44.78% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.22% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $51,997 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.94% Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 21.30 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 38.84% Corn for grain: 10775 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 751 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 2426 harvested acres Vegetables: 189 harvested acres Land in orchards: 1,060 acres
Bedford County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 2.3 times below overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 11/8/1996, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured one person and caused $500,000 in damages.
Bedford County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 8/15/1991 at 07:16:07, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 67.6 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)
Most recent natural disasters:
Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 5, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1898): April 16, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1898, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
Pennsylvania Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3235): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Pennsylvania Tropical Depression Ivan, Incident Period: September 17, 2004 to October 1, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1557): September 19, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1557, Natural disaster type: Tropical Depression
Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding associated with Tropical Depression Frances, Incident Period: September 8, 2004 to September 9, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1555): September 19, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1555, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Tropical Depression
Pennsylvania Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 19, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3180): March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3180, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
Pennsylvania Flooding, Incident Period: June 12, 1996 to June 19, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1120): June 18, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1120, Natural disaster type: Flood
Pennsylvania Flooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 1, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1093): January 21, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1093, Natural disaster type: Flood
Pennsylvania Blizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1085): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1085, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
Pennsylvania Winter Storm, Severe Storm, Incident Period: January 4, 1994 to February 25, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1015): March 10, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1015, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Storm
Pennsylvania Severe Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3105): March 16, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3105, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Bedford County (13) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10 Emergencies Declared: 3
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7
Births per 1000 population in Bedford County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.7 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population in Bedford County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bedford County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 9,477 (8,363 aged, 1,114 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.99 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4909.420 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 53.75 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 22582.12
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 920.330 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 956.260 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.98
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 32.41 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 57.89
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.99
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 189.5. This is more than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 140.7
Other - 48.8
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 42,316 (11,423 male householders, 2,828 female householders)
11,628 spouses, 13,502 children (12,516 natural, 265 adopted, 721 stepchildren), 874 grandchildren, 261 brothers or sisters, 306 parents, 255 other relatives, 1,008 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 6,895 (2,828 male householders (2,319 living alone)), 3,154 female householders (2,885 living alone)), 913 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 551 (516 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 6,977 2-persons, 3,273 3-persons, 2,428 4-persons, 1,005 5-persons, 350 6-persons, 218 7-or-more-persons.
97.5% of residents of Bedford County speak English at home.
0.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (62% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (22% speak English very well, 36% speak English well, 39% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $293,221,000 ($5838 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $11,305,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $139,661,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $66,399,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $3,441,000 Federal grants: $67,999,000 Federal procurement contracts: $4,961,000 ($2,938,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $10,760,000 ($2,462,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $1,075,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $13,295,000 Federal Government insurance: $52,448,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
57 per 1000 residents
61 per 1000 residents
51 per 1000 residents
54 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +25
+0 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -145
-3 per 1000 residents
-2 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Bedford County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 7.97 millions of gallons per day (7% from ground, 93% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 347
2000 to 2004: 1,416
1990 to 1999: 3,024
1980 to 1989: 2,956
1970 to 1979: 3,393
1960 to 1969: 2,360
1950 to 1959: 2,573
1940 to 1949: 1,456
1939 or earlier: 6,913
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
71% of Bedford County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 63% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Pennsylvania.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 40162
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $43,100
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bedford County