Butler County, Pennsylvania

Butler County, Pennsylvania

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Butler County
Location in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 12, 1800
Named for Richard Butler
Seat Butler
Largest city Butler
  Total 795 sq mi (2,059 km2)
  Land 789 sq mi (2,044 km2)
  Water 6.1 sq mi (16 km2), 0.8%
Population (est.)
  (2015) 186,818
  Density 237/sq mi (92/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.butler.pa.us


Designated June 11, 1982[1]

Butler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 183,862.[2] Its county seat is Butler.[3] Butler County was created on March 12, 1800, from part of Allegheny County and named in honor of General Richard Butler, a hero of the American Revolution.

Butler County is included in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Some famous inventions and discoveries were made in Butler County. It was in Saxonburg, that the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, invented his revolutionary "wire rope." At what is now known as Oil Creek, Butler County resident William Smith and Edwin Drake first proved that oil could be tapped from underground for consistent supply. The Jeep was developed in Butler County by American Bantam in 1941.

Famous politicians have lived in and traveled through Butler County. George Washington passed through during the French and Indian War. Butler's only U.S. Senator, Walter Lowrie, built a home in 1828 that still stands behind the Butler County Courthouse. The Butler County Historical Society's office is located in this home. Butler's highest ranked federal official ever is William J. Perry, Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton from 1994-1997. He graduated from Butler High School in 1945. In 1923, President Warren G. Harding's funeral train passed through Butler County on its way back to Washington D.C. John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in front of the Butler County Courthouse during the United States presidential election, 1960. Hubert Humphrey also spoke in Butler during this time period. Then in 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a speech in Saxonburg to rally support for President George W. Bush during the United States presidential election, 2004. Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock band Poison was also born here in 1963.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 795 square miles (2,060 km2), of which 789 square miles (2,040 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.8%) is water.[4]

It is the location of Moraine State Park, with the 3,000-acre (12 km2) glacial lake, Lake Arthur. Lake Arthur is used for fishing and sailing, and the surrounding park is used for hiking and hunting.


Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015186,818[5]1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[2]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 174,083 people, 65,862 households, and 46,827 families residing in the county. The population density was 221 people per square mile (85/km²). There were 69,868 housing units at an average density of 89 per square mile (34/km²). The racial/ethnic makeup of the county is 96.5% White, 0.9% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, 0.7% from two or more races; and 0.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35% were of German, 12% Irish, 11% Italian, 7% English, 6% American 5% Polish, and 4% Scotch-Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 65,862 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

Law and government

Elected county officials

County judges

District judges

State Senate

State House of Representatives

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate


Unlike the rest of traditionally Democratic Western Pennsylvania, Butler County has leaned towards the Republican Party. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win Butler was Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, the county was carried by Republican George W. Bush 62% to Democrat Al Gore 35%. In the 2004 U.S. presidential election, the county was carried by Republican George W. Bush 64% to Democrat John Kerry 35%. In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the county was carried by Republican John McCain 63% to Democrat Barack Obama 35%. Additionally, John McCain carried every Western Pennsylvania county except for Allegheny County and Erie County, in sharp contrast to previous years, like 2004, in which Democratic candidate John Kerry carried 5 counties in Western Pennsylvania. As of May 2007, there are 121,719 registered voters in Butler County.[11]


Map of Butler County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Colleges and universities

Technical schools

Public school districts

In 2008, Pennsylvania School Districts were ranked by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on student academic performance as demonstrated in 3 years of PSSA results.[12]




There are 2 Pennsylvania state parks in Butler County.

Before the glacier dam. Slippery Rock and Muddy creeks flowed north while extinct McConnells Run flowed south. The glacier dammed Lake Prouty on the edge of the drainage divide. Eventually Lake Pouty spilled over and rushed to the south, carving Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Lakes Watts and Edmund drained into the gorge, digging it deeper and making Slippery Rock and Muddy creeks flow south. Areas of the 400-foot (120 m) deep Slippery Rock Gorge may be seen at nearby McConnells Mill State Park.

The glacier created a landscape of rolling hills topped with hardwood trees and swamps in the valley bottoms. Moraines containing gravel, sand and clay were draped upon the landscape and silt was left on the extinct lake bottoms. Reference to: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/moraine/moraine_history.aspx




Major highways



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

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Butler County:




Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Unincorporated communities

Several of these communities, most notably Renfrew, Lyndora, Herman, Sarver, Cabot, Boyers, and Forestville, have post offices and zip codes, but aren't officially incorporated under Pennsylvania law, and exist entirely within townships.

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Butler County.[13]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Butler City 13,757
2 Fernway (former CDP) CDP 12,414
3 Homeacre-Lyndora CDP 6,906
4 Shanor-Northvue CDP 5,051
5 Meridian CDP 3,881
6 Zelienople Borough 3,812
7 Slippery Rock Borough 3,625
8 Fox Run (former CDP) CDP 3,282
9 Seven Fields Borough 2,887
10 Meadowood CDP 2,693
11 Oak Hills CDP 2,333
12 Slippery Rock University CDP 1,898
13 Evans City Borough 1,833
14 Mars Borough 1,699
15 Saxonburg Borough 1,525
16 Nixon CDP 1,373
17 Prospect Borough 1,169
18 Chicora Borough 1,043
19 Unionville CDP 962
20 Harrisville Borough 897
21 Harmony Borough 890
22 East Butler Borough 732
23 Lake Arthur Estates CDP 594
24 Valencia Borough 551
25 Connoquenessing Borough 528
26 Bruin Borough 524
27 Callery Borough 394
28 West Liberty Borough 343
29 Eau Claire Borough 316
30 Portersville Borough 235
31 Petrolia Borough 212
32 Karns City Borough 209
33 Fairview Borough 198
34 West Sunbury Borough 192
35 Cherry Valley Borough 66

Butler County has often been used as a setting for films shot in the North Pittsburgh area. Such films include:

Films set in Butler County, but not necessarily filmed there.

Novels set in Butler County.

Benjamin's Field, a trilogy by local author J. J. Knights[17]

See also


  1. "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  5. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  7. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  8. Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  9. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  10. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. "Running for Office" (PDF). Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  12. Pennsylvania Public School Rankings, Pittsburgh Business Times. May 23, 2007.
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  14. Keener, Craig (2010-07-22). "Stone Church site of sci-fi film" Butler Eagle. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  15. Stonesifer, Jared (2010-06-09). "Angle Action in Valencia" Butler Eagle. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  16. "'A Separate Life' Mars actress, director takes film to Cannes festival". Butler Eagle. May 26, 2011.
  17. http://www.butlereagle.com/article/20150730/ARTSENTERTAINMENT02/707309915
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