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Encyclopedia > Washington, Pennsylvania
Washington, Pennsylvania
Motto: "An Ideal Place to Live and Work"
County Washington County
Founded 1768
Incorporated 1810
Mayor Kenneth Westcott
Area  
 - City km²  (3.3 sq mi)
Population  
 - City (2000) 15,268
 - Density 5,199/km²
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
Website: http://www.washingtonpa.us

Washington is a city in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 15,268 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Washington CountyGR6 and is located in the southwestern part of the state. On January 27, 2006, to commemorate the Pittsburgh Steelers appearance in Super Bowl XL, the city council voted to symbolically rename the city "Steeler, Pennsylvania" through February 5, 2006. A motto is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... United States of America, showing states, divided into counties. ... Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... 1768 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... A Municipal Corporation is a legal defintion for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, and towns. ... 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is in modern times the title of the highest ranking municipal officer, who discharges certain judicial and administrative functions, in many systems an elected politician, who serves as chief executive and/or ceremonial official of many types of municipalities. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... 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. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... World map of the population density in 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... EDT (shown in yellow) is UTC-4 The Eastern Time Zone of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | UTC | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7:30 | +8 | +8:30 | +8...  Areas that observe daylight saving time  Areas that once observed daylight saving time  Areas that have never observed daylight saving time A 2001 public service announcement for the upcoming turning back of the clocks Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time or daylight savings time, is a widely... for North America see also: Atlantic Standard Time Zone and Eastern Daylight Time Categories: Time zones ... Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... 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 a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1943; 1945-1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Century Division (1967-1969) American Football... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Geography

Washington is located at 40°10′30″N, 80°15′2″W (40.174959, -80.250634)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 km² (2.9 mi²), all land. 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. ...

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Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 15,268 people, 6,259 households, and 3,486 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,005.1/km² (5,199.2/mi²). There were 7,111 housing units at an average density of 933.9/km² (2,421.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.88% White, 14.60% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population. 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 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. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... 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 are 6,259 households out of which 24.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.3% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.91. The household is the basic unit of analysis in many microeconomic and government models. ... 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 city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $25,764, and the median income for a family was $34,862. Males had a median income of $29,977 versus $22,374 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,818. 20.7% of the population and 16.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 29.2% of those under the age of 18 and 15.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ...

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History

The area of present-day Washington was settled by many immigrants from Scotland and the north of Ireland along with settlers from eastern and central parts of colonial Virginia. It was first settled by colonists around 1768.


The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed an act on March 28, 1781, erecting the County of Washington and naming Catfish Camp as the place for holding the first election. This was the first county in the U.S. to be named in honor of President George Washington.


David Hoge laid out a plan of lots immediately after the legislature's action. His original plot carried the name "Bassett, alias Dandridge Town," but before the plot was recorded, lines were drawn through "Bassett, alias Dandridge Town" with ink, and the word "Washington" was written above.


The town started with every evidence of progressive tendencies, as the original plot dedicated a tract of ground to the people for recreational purposes. A lot was given for a courthouse where the current building now stands, and Lots 43 and 102, according to the plan, were presented by Mr. Hoge to "His Excellency, General Washington, and Mrs. Washington." Part of the town-site had been the camp of Tingoocqua, who was a chief in the Kuskuskee tribe of Indians.


The town was the center for the 'Whisky Rebellion' of 1791, which was one of the first open rebellions against the new U.S. government and Constitution. The Rebellion was centered around a tax being imposed on whiskey distillation in the region. The town was incorporated as a borough on February 13, 1810, and became a city of the third class in 1924.[1]


Washington is home to Washington and Jefferson College, a small, co-educational private liberal arts college founded in 1781. Located in downtown Washington, the college has an enrollment of approximately 1,400 students every academic year. It is noted primarily as an excellent pre-med and pre-law institution due to its fine liberal arts curriculum and is considered a good preparatory school for graduate level studies in general. W&J’s 60-acre suburban campus includes more than 40 academic, recreational, and residential buildings, as well as a 54-acre biological field station. In the 2006 U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Colleges" guide, W&J was ranked #94 among the top 100 Liberal Arts Schools in the US. Washington and Jefferson College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college located in Washington, Pennsylvania. ...


Washington is also the home of Falconi Field, constructed in 2002. The new 3,000-seat stadium serves as the shared home of the Washington Wild Things, a semi-pro baseball team, and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a professional A-League soccer team. The Wild Things are in the Frontier League, an independent semi-professional baseball organization. Over their young history, the team has had considerable success, including a league-record 62 wins in 2004. The Wild Things have been the Frontier League Organization of the Year three times since moving to Washington in 2002. Falconi Field is the home to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer club and the Washington Wild Things Frontier League baseball club. ... The Washington Wild Things are a minor league baseball team which plays in Washington, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are a USL Second Division soccer team. ... The Frontier League is a minor league baseball Independent league which operates in the Midwest. ...


The Riverhounds, which consistently make the playoffs, play from April through August. The team began playing at Falconi Field in Washington in 2005.


Also in the city are two historic homes, that of David Bradford on Main St. and that of Julius LeMoyne on Maiden St. Both are listed on the List of Registered Historic Places in Washington County, Pennsylvania. List of Registered Historic Places in Washington County, Pennsylvania: See also: List of Registered Historic Places in Pennsylvania Washington County Avella Isaac Manchester House Meadowcroft Rockshelter Wilsons Mill Covered Bridge Bentleyville Cerl Wright Covered Bridge Blainsburg Malden Inn Buffalo Twp. ...

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Current Projects

The city of Washington is currently working to improve the economic and social conditions of the community through a $14-million street-scape improvement project that will significantly improve the infrastructure of downtown Washington. Along with the infrastructure improvements, Millcraft Industries has announced a $100 million revitalization project for downtown Washington.


As part of the revitalization, Nationwide Appraisal Services is currently building the Nationwide Centre at the corner of Beau and Franklin streets in Washington. Nationwide is expected to take about 100,000 square feet of the seven-story, 140,000-square-foot building for its corporate headquarters, and will employ up to 1,000 people in the building upon completion in December, 2006.


Other aspects of the Crossroads Project include street level retail, residential lofts, an 80-room hotel, and an outdoor park and amphitheatre. In addition, the Carl Walker Construction Co. will build an $12 million, 850-space parking garage between Chestnut and Beau streets to accommodate the office building.

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Washington, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1103 words)
The area of present-day Washington was settled by many immigrants from Scotland and the north of Ireland along with settlers from eastern and central parts of colonial Virginia.
Washington." Part of the town-site had been the camp of Tingoocqua, who was a chief in the Kuskuskee tribe of Indians.
Washington is home to Washington and Jefferson College, a small, co-educational private liberal arts college founded in 1781.
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