Fulton County, Pennsylvania

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Fulton County
The Fulton County Courthouse
The Fulton County Courthouse
Official seal of Fulton County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Fulton County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°55′N 78°07′W / 39.92°N 78.11°W / 39.92; -78.11
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
FoundedApril 19, 1850
Named forRobert Fulton
SeatMcConnellsburg
Largest boroughMcConnellsburg
Area
 • Total438 sq mi (1,130 km2)
 • Land438 sq mi (1,130 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1 km2)  0.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total14,556
 • Density33/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district13th
Websitewww.co.fulton.pa.us

Fulton County is a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,556,[1] making it the fourth-least populous county in Pennsylvania. Its county seat is McConnellsburg.[2] The county was created on April 19, 1850,[3] from part of Bedford County and named for inventor Robert Fulton.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 438 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 438 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5] It is in the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay and, although most of the county is drained by the Potomac River, some northern and northeastern areas are drained by the Juniata River into the Susquehanna River. It has a humid continental climate (Dfa/Dfb) and average monthly temperatures in McConnellsburg range from 29.2 °F in January to 73.0 °F in July. [1]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Geology[edit]

Fulton County is situated within the Ridge and Valley physiographic province, which is characterized by folded and faulted sedimentary rocks of early to middle Paleozoic age.[6]

The stratigraphic record of sedimentary rocks within the county spans from the Cambrian Shadygrove Formation outcropping just south of McConnelsburg to the Pennsylvanian Allegheny Group at the northernmost tip of the county. No igneous or metamorphic rocks of any kind exist within Fulton county.

Mountain ridges within Fulton County include Rays Hill (along the western border with Bedford County), Town Hill, Sideling Hill, Scrub Ridge, and Meadow Grounds Mountain, and all these are held up by the Mississippian Pocono Formation, made of quartz sandstone and conglomerate. Rays Hill and Town Hill form a syncline, as do Scrub Ridge and Meadow Grounds Mountain, and Sideling Hill itself is a syncline. Dickeys Mountain and Tuscarora Mountain (along the eastern border with Franklin County) also form a syncline, but these ridges are held up by the Tuscarora Formation. Broad Top, located in the northeast corner of the county, is a plateau of relatively flat-lying rocks that are stratigraphically higher, and thus younger (Mississippian and Pennsylvanian), than most of the other rocks within the county. Broad Top extends into Huntingdon County to the north and Bedford County to the west.

All of Fulton County lies far to the south of the glacial boundary, and thus it was never glaciated.[7] However, during the Pleistocene epoch, or "Ice Age," periglacial (meaning "around glacier" or simply "cold") processes dominated. Most of the county was most likely a tundra during the Pleistocene.

The Broad Top Coal Field is located in Wells Township in the northwestern corner of the county.[8] The field contains bituminous coal. There are a few abandoned mines in the area, although acid mine drainage is not as much of an environmental problem in Fulton County as it is in adjacent Bedford and Huntingdon Counties.

Interesting geologic features within Fulton County include some of the following:

  • The Meadow Grounds syncline west of McConnellsburg.
  • A transpression structure is located on the east side of the Meadow Grounds syncline. This structure consists of a complex set of up-thrust fault blocks of Silurian and Devonian rocks bounded on all sides by north-trending faults.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18507,567
18609,13120.7%
18709,3602.5%
188010,1498.4%
189010,137−0.1%
19009,924−2.1%
19109,703−2.2%
19209,617−0.9%
19309,231−4.0%
194010,67315.6%
195010,387−2.7%
196010,5972.0%
197010,7761.7%
198012,84219.2%
199013,8377.7%
200014,2613.1%
201014,8454.1%
202014,556−1.9%
[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 14,261 people, 5,660 households, and 4,097 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km2). There were 6,790 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.25% White, 0.66% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.8% were of German, 20.4% American, 8.3% Irish and 6.9% English ancestry.

There were 5,660 households, out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.60 males.

Almost everyone who lives in Fulton County speaks English as their first language. The dominant form of speech in Fulton County is the Central Pennsylvania accent.

2020 Census[edit]

Fulton County Racial Composition[11]
Race Num. Perc.
White (NH) 13,726 94.3%
Black or African American (NH) 124 0.85%
Native American (NH) 25 0.17%
Asian (NH) 41 0.3%
Pacific Islander (NH) 3 0.02%
Other/Mixed (NH) 491 3.4%
Hispanic or Latino 146 1%

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Fulton County, Pennsylvania[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,824 85.41% 1,085 13.58% 81 1.01%
2016 5,694 83.47% 912 13.37% 216 3.17%
2012 4,814 77.38% 1,310 21.06% 97 1.56%
2008 4,642 73.61% 1,576 24.99% 88 1.40%
2004 4,772 76.10% 1,475 23.52% 24 0.38%
2000 3,753 71.01% 1,425 26.96% 107 2.02%
1996 2,665 54.75% 1,620 33.28% 583 11.98%
1992 2,558 50.93% 1,588 31.61% 877 17.46%
1988 3,086 66.42% 1,532 32.97% 28 0.60%
1984 3,254 71.14% 1,309 28.62% 11 0.24%
1980 2,740 64.90% 1,342 31.79% 140 3.32%
1976 2,219 54.76% 1,737 42.87% 96 2.37%
1972 2,515 66.24% 1,192 31.39% 90 2.37%
1968 2,200 55.37% 1,174 29.55% 599 15.08%
1964 1,747 44.37% 2,180 55.37% 10 0.25%
1960 2,698 61.61% 1,672 38.18% 9 0.21%
1956 2,370 56.50% 1,819 43.36% 6 0.14%
1952 2,127 55.12% 1,718 44.52% 14 0.36%
1948 1,760 50.65% 1,684 48.46% 31 0.89%
1944 2,084 54.03% 1,758 45.58% 15 0.39%
1940 2,108 51.46% 1,982 48.39% 6 0.15%
1936 2,085 46.02% 2,431 53.65% 15 0.33%
1932 1,410 41.83% 1,921 56.99% 40 1.19%
1928 2,179 66.82% 1,054 32.32% 28 0.86%
1924 1,160 47.64% 1,207 49.57% 68 2.79%
1920 1,292 50.19% 1,231 47.82% 51 1.98%
1916 802 39.62% 1,199 59.24% 23 1.14%
1912 317 15.34% 1,080 52.25% 670 32.41%
1908 974 45.45% 1,098 51.24% 71 3.31%
1904 1,100 48.48% 1,137 50.11% 32 1.41%
1900 1,039 45.27% 1,224 53.33% 32 1.39%
1896 1,083 45.83% 1,246 52.73% 34 1.44%
1892 918 42.74% 1,210 56.33% 20 0.93%
1888 951 42.93% 1,230 55.53% 34 1.53%

Fulton County has displayed strong tendencies to vote for Republican candidates in past elections. In the 2004 United States presidential election, George W. Bush carried the county by a massive 52.6% margin over John Kerry, making it Bush's strongest county in the slightly Democratic state, which Kerry won by a 2.5% margin over Bush. Furthermore, in 2008, John McCain carried Fulton by a 48.6% margin over Barack Obama, McCain's best showing in the Keystone State, which Obama won by a 10.3% margin over McCain.[12] The county voted for Donald Trump in 2016 by a 70.8% margin, the highest in the state. The county has voted for the Republican in every presidential election since 1964. In 2006, Rick Santorum and Lynn Swann received more than 60% of the Fulton County vote despite their defeats statewide. In the 2012, Fulton County was the only county in Pennsylvania where Barack Obama won less than 25% of the white vote in 2012.[13]

Law and government[edit]

State Senate[14][edit]

State House of Representatives[14][edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

Education[edit]

Map of Fulton County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Public school districts[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major Highways[edit]

  • PA 16 - known as the Buchanan Trail, meets its western terminus in McConnellsburg; serves as a major two-lane through route across South-Central Pennsylvania, as it travels toward Waynesboro in Franklin County
  • PA 26 - this long Central Pennsylvania main street sees is final two miles run through the rural corner of Union Township, as it departs a long Bedford County stretch, before reaching the Maryland border
  • US 30 - a winding portion of the famous Lincoln Highway, the highway travels away from I-76, which it parallels through most of the state's central mountains, to run across the county between the truck stop-lined Breezewood (East Providence Township) in Bedford County toward Franklin County's Chambersburg; although two-lane for its entire route, there is a limited access segment as the highway makes a short freeway bypass around McConnellsburg. the road serves as one of the county's two major arteries, largely oriented east/west, with its bypass intersecting US-522 just north of McConnellsburg.
  • I-70 - just prior to entering the county, the route breaks from its consignment with I-76, and it travels due south through a rural swath of the western portion of the county, as it connects with I-68 just across the Maryland line, along its way to Baltimore
  • I-76 / Penna Turnpike - a portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, this toll interstate has one exit as it crosses the northern portion of the county; the Sideling Hill travel center is located Taylor Township
  • PA 475 - a relatively short and highly rural range highway, it meets its southern terminus in Dublin Township, as it travels north through sparsely populated portions of Huntingdon County
  • PA 484 - this short highway runs entirely within the county, serving the purpose of connecting I-70 with PA 26, as it runs across Union and Bethel Townships
  • US 522 - this routes enters from Maryland to the south as part of a brief consignment with I-70, which it departs three miles into the county; the road serves as one of the county's two major arteries, largely oriented north–south, as it runs through McConnellsburg, past the county's only shopping center and through one of its only two stoplights, on its way to a junction with the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Dublin Township and toward Huntingdon County. it intersects with the US 30 bypass just north of McConnellsburg.
  • PA 643 - just seven miles in length, this very short access route connects I-70 with the hills of Bethel and Brush Creek Townships
  • PA 655 - this highway serves as a long, rural ridge route through the state's central mountains; its southern terminus is with the Maryland boundary in Thompson Township and it exits the county via Taylor Township toward Huntingdon County in the north
  • PA 731 - one of the shortest numbered routes in Pennsylvania, this five mile road connects I-70 with Route 484, as it runs entirely through Union Township
  • PA 913 - a very rural access route through Bedford and Huntingdon Counties, this road's final miles are in Wells and Taylor Township
  • PA 915 - a mountain ridge cut-off-road, this highway travels from rural Bedford County along a valley setting toward its terminus with I-70 in Brush Creek Township
  • PA 928 - a rural bi-state connector, this road travels from Ayr Township to the Maryland border via Thompson Township

Other[edit]

Fulton County is one of only two counties in Pennsylvania with no known active railroad lines of any kind, the other being Sullivan County.[15]

Communities[edit]

Map of Fulton 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 Fulton County:

Boroughs[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated Communities[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Fulton County.[16]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Belfast Township 1,448
2 McConnellsburg Borough 1,220
3 Needmore CDP 170
4 Valley-Hi Borough 15

Census-designated places[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Fulton County, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Fulton County, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Website Archived 2011-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 133.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Geology, Map 13". www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Geology, Map 59" (PDF). www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Geology, Map 11" (PDF). www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Census 2020".
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Fulton County, Pennsylvania".
  12. ^ a b Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Cohn, Nate (April 23, 2014). "Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats (Map)". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Find Your Legislator". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "Penndot Railroad Map January 2015" (PDF). penndot.gov. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  16. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°55′N 78°07′W / 39.92°N 78.11°W / 39.92; -78.11