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Encyclopedia > Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Map
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Mifflin County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Statistics
Formed September 19, 1789
Seat Lewistown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,074 km² (415 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
7 km² (3 mi²), 0.66%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

46,486
44/km² 
Website: www.co.mifflin.pa.us

Mifflin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population was 46,486. Its county seat is Lewistown6. It was named after Thomas Mifflin, the first Governor of Pennsylvania. Image File history File links Mifflin_County_pa_seal. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Pennsylvania_highlighting_Mifflin_County. ... A county seat is an administrative center for a county. ... Lewistown is a borough located on the Juniata River, 61 miles (98 km) northwest of Harrisburg in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ... The 22nd United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Density (symbol: ρ - Greek: rho) is a measure of mass per unit of volume. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 160 miles (255 km)  - Length 280 miles (455 km)  - % water 2. ... A county seat is an administrative center for a county. ... Lewistown is a borough located on the Juniata River, 61 miles (98 km) northwest of Harrisburg in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... Thomas Mifflin , John Singleton Copley, 1773. ...

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,074 km² (415 mi²). 1,067 km² (412 mi²) of it is land and 7 km² (3 mi²) of it (0.66%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Adjacent counties

Centre County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Union County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Snyder County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Juniata County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Huntingdon County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ...

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 46,486 people, 18,413 households, and 12,907 families residing in the county. The population density was 44/km² (113/mi²). There were 20,745 housing units at an average density of 19/km² (50/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.53% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 18,413 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.99. A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.


Dialect, Accent and Language

The dominant form of speech in Mifflin County is the Central Pennsylvania accent. Almost everyone in Mifflin County speaks English. The Amish and some Mennonites speak Pennsylvania German, a West Central German dialect, which is very remote from modern Standard German. The Amish and Mennonites also can speak English. Few non-Amish or Mennonites in Mifflin County today speak Pennsylvania German, but this was not true in the past. The Central Pennsylvania accent is closely related to Western Pennsylvania speech, which is generally referred to as Pittsburgh English, although the accent extends beyond just the city of Pittsburgh. ... Amish couple in a buggy in rural Holmes County, Ohio, which has the worlds largest Amish population The Amish are WEIRD an Anabaptist Christian denomination and Swiss-German ethnic group found primarily in the United States and Ontario, Canada known for restrictions on the use of modern devices such... The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denominations based on the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons. ... The Pennsylvania Dutch (more correctly Pennsylvania Deutsch or Pennsylvania German, speakers of the Pennsylvania German language) are a people of various religious affiliations, living mostly in central Pennsylvania, with cultural traditions dating back to the German immigrations to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. ... West Central German (Westmitteldeutsch) is a High German dialect family in the German language. ... German (called Deutsch in German; in German the term germanisch is equivalent to English Germanic), is a member of the western group of Germanic languages and is one of the worlds major languages. ...


The Mifflin County School District offers only two foreign languages and only four years of each, with French and Spanish being offered in grades 9 through 12. In the past, the school district also offered German and Latin, but fiscally conservative school boards, which did not view foreign languages as important subjects, slashed spending on foreign language education. There was little outrage when Latin was eliminated in 1985, but some people were offended when German was eliminated in the mid-1990s, given the county's strong German heritage. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ...


Sports Allegiances

By far, the most popular sports team in Mifflin County is the Penn State football team, which is more popular than any professional team. In professional football, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the most popular team, with the Philadelphia Eagles also enjoying a lot of support. Although Mifflin County is geographically closer to Philadelphia, it is culturally and linguistically closer to Pittsburgh. Previously, the county's largest employer was Standard Steel, which remains the county's largest private sector employer. Almost all Steelers and Eagles games are available live on network television, as Mifflin County receives stations from both the Steelers and Eagles broadcasting territories. The most popular baseball teams are the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies. The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney Local radio Flagship stations: WDVE (102. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Black, Silver, and White Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop Local radio Flagship stations: WYSP (94. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark PNC Park (2001-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1925 1909 NL Pennants (9) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1927 1925 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1903 â€¢ 1902 1901 Central Division titles (0) None East Division titles... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 1980 NL Pennants (5) 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1950 1915 East Division titles (6) [1] 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1978 1977 â€¢ 1976 Wild card berths (0...


Historically, football has been the most popular high school sport, but over the past decade, the most successful teams have been in boys and girls basketball. In the past, high school wrestling was more popular than basketball. Although basketball is now more popular than wrestling, wrestling remains more popular in Mifflin County and in Central Pennsylvania in general than in most parts of the United States. The Wrestlers from Uffizi Gallery, Florence. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ...


As in most parts of Appalachia, NASCAR is very popular in Mifflin County. Local dirt track races and drag races are widely attended on weekends. Appalachian Region of the U.S., as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission Appalachian zones of the US - USGS Appalachia is a term used to include a region stretching from the state of New York to Alabama that surrounds the Appalachian mountains. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...


Television

Mifflin County does not have a television station. Its local stations, carried on local cable, are from Altoona (CBS, Fox), Johnstown (NBC), Harrisburg (ABC, CBS, UPN), Lancaster (NBC), York (Fox) and University Park (PBS). Map Political Statistics Founded 1849 Incorporated Borough:February 6, 1854 City: April 3, 1867 County Blair County Mayor Wayne Hippo Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 25. ... CBS (formerly an acronym for Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of the network) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... A Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) A fox is a member of any of 27 species of small omnivorous canids. ... Nickname: Flood City Location Location of Johnstown within Pennsylvania. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Harrisburg is the name of many places in the United States of America: Harrisburg, Arkansas Harrisburg, Illinois Harrisburg, Missouri Harrisburg, Nebraska Harrisburg, New York Town in Lewis County Hamlet in Cattaraugus County Hamlet in Warren County Harrisburg, North Carolina Harrisburg, Ohio Harrisburg, Oregon Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania state capital and near... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) is a television network in the United States, owned by CBS Corporation, which also owns the more widespread CBS network. ... Nickname: The Red Rose City Location Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates , Government Country  State   County United States  Pennsylvania   Lancaster Founded Incorporated 1718 March 10, 1818 Mayor Rick Gray Geographical characteristics Area     City 19. ... York is a city in northern England, at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. ... University Park is the name of several places in the United States of America: University Park, Florida University Park, Illinois University Park, Iowa University Park, Maryland University Park, New Mexico University Park, Pennsylvania University Park, Texas This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ...


Education

Mifflin County does not have any colleges or universities, but it is near the main campus of Penn State University, Juniata College, Bucknell University and Susquehanna University. The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... Juniata College is a small, liberal arts college located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. ... Bucknell University is a highly competitive private university located along the Susquehanna River in the rolling countryside of Central Pennsylvania in the town of Lewisburg, 60 miles (97 km) north of Harrisburg. ... Susquehanna University is a four-year, private university located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. ...


Most of the county is served by the Mifflin County School District, with the exception of the South-Western corner of Mifflin County, which is part of the Mount Union Area School District. The Mifflin County School District is located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ... Mount Union may refer to: Mount Union, Pennsylvania Mount Union, Iowa Mount Union College This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The two public high schools are Lewistown Area High School and Indian Valley High School, which are located only a few miles apart. Sacred Heart provides a private, Catholic education until fifth grade, but the Catholic population in Mifflin County is not large enough to support a Catholic high school. Belleville Mennonite School provides a Mennonite education from kindergarten through grade twelve. The Mifflin County Christian Academy located in McClure provides a Christian Fundamentalist education from kindergarten through grade twelve and also provides day care. Lewistown Area High School, was founded in September, 1976 and is one of two high schools in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Indian Valley High School is one of two high schools in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... McClure is a borough located in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. ... Fundamentalist Christianity is a fundamentalist movement, especially within American Protestantism. ...


Drug Use

Like in most of the United States, the dominant recreational drug in Mifflin County is alcohol, followed by marijuana. However, over the past decade there has been a large upsurge in the use of hard drugs, particularly heroin. Bottles of cachaça, a Brazilian alcoholic beverage. ... Species Cannabis indica Cannabis ruderalis Cannabis sativa Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes one or more species. ... Hard drugs are drugs that lead to physical addiction, opposed to soft drugs, such as marijuana and hashish, that are only psychologically addictive. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


According to federal prosecutors, heroin was first introduced en mass to Mifflin County in late 1996 and has become entrenched ever since. Federal prosecutors believe that Scott Shreffler of Lewistown and Pedro Caban of Philadelphia were the individuals primarily responsible for introducing heroin to Mifflin County. Caban is serving a 30 year federal sentence, while Shreffler's original 28 year federal sentence has been greatly reduced following a successful appeal.


Since heroin was first introduced to Mifflin County, there have been numerous heroin overdoses, many of which have resulted in death. Most of the victims have been under 30 years of age.


The heroin epidemic in Mifflin County has received extensive media coverage in Central Pennsylvania and has even garnered some national media attention, including a documentary on MSNBC. MSNBC (a portmanteau of MSN and NBC) is the name of two largely separate operations with a shared history: a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States, and one of the most popular news Web sites. ...


The heroin epidemic has coincided with a substantial rise in the number of thefts, burglaries and robberies. These crimes were very rare in Mifflin County prior to the mid-1990s.


In the early 1980s, Mifflin County was a major producer of "look-alike drugs," which were legal at the time. Look-alike drugs were generally caffeine pills disguised as more powerful stimulants. Small fortunes were made in the manufacture of look-alike drugs until federal and state governments banned their manufacture and sale.


Municipalities

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

Image File history File links Map_of_Mifflin_County_Pennsylvania_With_Municipal_and_Township_Labels. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Mifflin_County_Pennsylvania_With_Municipal_and_Township_Labels. ...

Boroughs

Burnham is a borough located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Juniata Terrace is a borough located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Kistler is a borough located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Lewistown is a borough located on the Juniata River, 61 miles (98 km) northwest of Harrisburg in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... McVeytown is a borough located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Newton Hamilton is a borough located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ...

Townships

There is also the borough of Armagh in Indiana County. ... Bratton Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Brown Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Decatur Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Derry Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Granville Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Menno Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Oliver Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Union Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Wayne Township is a township located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ...

Census-designated places

Map of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts
Map of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Belleville is a census-designated place located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Highland Park is a census-designated place located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Milroy is a census-designated place located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Reedsville is a census-designated place located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Yeagertown is a census-designated place located in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Mifflin_County_Pennsylvania_School_Districts. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Mifflin_County_Pennsylvania_School_Districts. ...

Education

Public School Districts

The Mifflin County School District is located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ...

External links

  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division, "2005 General Highway Map of Juniata and Mifflin Counties". Note: shows boroughs, townships, roads, villages, some streams. URL accessed on April 5, 2006.


Municipalities and Communities of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
(County Seat: Lewistown)
Boroughs Burnham | Juniata Terrace | Kistler | Lewistown | McVeytown | Newton Hamilton
Townships Armagh Twp. | Bratton Twp. | Brown Twp. | Decatur Twp. | Derry Twp. | Granville Twp. | Menno Twp. | Oliver Twp. | Union Twp. | Wayne Twp.
Communities and CDPs Belleville | Highland Park | Milroy | Reedsville | Yeagertown
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Capital: Harrisburg
Metropolitan areas: Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton | Altoona | Erie | Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon | Johnstown | Lancaster | Philadelphia | Pittsburgh | Reading | Scranton-Wilkes-Barre | State College | Williamsport | York-Hanover
Regions: Coal Region | Cumberland Valley | Delaware Valley | Lehigh Valley | Northern Tier | Northwest Region | Pennsylvania Dutch Country | Laurel Highlands | The Poconos | Susquehanna Valley | Western Pennsylvania
Counties: Adams | Allegheny | Armstrong | Beaver | Bedford | Berks | Blair | Bradford | Bucks | Butler | Cambria | Cameron | Carbon | Centre | Chester | Clarion | Clearfield | Clinton | Columbia | Crawford | Cumberland | Dauphin | Delaware | Elk | Erie | Fayette | Forest | Franklin | Fulton | Greene | Huntingdon | Indiana | Jefferson | Juniata | Lackawanna | Lancaster | Lawrence | Lebanon | Lehigh | Luzerne | Lycoming | McKean | Mercer | Mifflin | Monroe | Montgomery | Montour | Northampton | Northumberland | Perry | Philadelphia | Pike | Potter | Schuylkill | Snyder | Somerset | Sullivan | Susquehanna | Tioga | Union | Venango | Warren | Washington | Wayne | Westmoreland | Wyoming | York

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Mifflin County, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1132 words)
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older.
Mifflin County does not have any colleges or universities, but it is near the main campus of Penn State University, Juniata College, Bucknell University and Susquehanna University.
Most of the county is served by the Mifflin County School District, with the exception of the South-Western corner of Mifflin County, which is part of the Mount Union Area School District.
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