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Address: Courthouse Square Building 100 West Beau Street Washington, PA 15301
Phone Number: (724) 228-6723
Fax Number: (724) 228-6965
Person of Contact: Cynthia B. Griffin
County Seat: The City of Washington

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Year Organized: March 28, 1781
Square Miles: 856.9889 Square Miles
Size of Board: Three
Townships: Amwell, Blaine, Buffalo, Canton, Carroll, Cecil, Chartiers, Cross Creek, Donegal, East Bethlehem, East Finley, Fallowfield, Hanover, Hopewell, Independence, Jefferson, Morris, Mount Pleasant, North Bethlehem, North Franklin, North Strabane, Nottingham, Peters, Robinson, Smith, Somerset, South Franklin, South Strabane, Union, West Bethlehem, West Finley, West Pike Run
Cites: Monongahela, Washington
Schools: Avella, Bentworth, Beth Center, Burgettstown, California, Canon McMillian, Charleroi, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, McGuffey, Peters, Ringgold, Trinity, Washington, and Intermediate Unit 1
School Districts: Avella, Bentworth, Beth Center, Burgettstown, California, Canon McMillian, Charleroi, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, McGuffey, Peters, Ringgold, Trinity, Washington and Intermediate Unit 1
Libraries: Public Libraries: Avella Area Library Center, Bentleyville Public Library, California Public Library, Chartiers-Houston Community Library, Citizens Library, Donora Public Library, Frank Sarris Public Library, Fredericktown Area Public Library, Heritage Public Library, John K. Tener Library, Marianna Community Public Library, Monongahela Area Library, and Peters Township Public Library. Non-Public Libraries: Louis L. Manderino Library, Southpointe Center Library, Penn Commercial, Monongahela Valley Hospital, Washington Hospital, U Grant Miller Library, Washington County Law Library
Museums: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Duncan and Miller Glass Museum, and Meadowcroft Rock Shelter and Museum of Rural Life
Parks: Washington Park, Mingo Creek Park, Cross Creek Park
Population: 207,820
Demographics:

Date Established: March 28, 1781 Population: 207,820 (2010) County Seat: The City of Washington Land Area: 856.99 Square Miles Highest Point: Mount Wheeler (N. Franklin Twp.) 1,523 Feet above sea level Lowest Point: Elrama (Union Twp.) 760 Feet above sea level Principal Products (Agriculture): (2012AG Census) Cattle & Calves Assessed Value of Taxable Real Estate: (2015) Over 1 .65 billion dollars Government Units: 2 Third Class Cities 32 Boroughs 32 Townships Cities: Monongahela, Washington Boroughs: Allenport, Beallsville, Bentleyville, Burgettstown, California, Canonsburg, Centerville, Charleroi, Claysville, Coal Center, Cokeburg, Deemston, Donora, Dunlevy, East Washington, Elco, Ellsworth, Finleyville, Green Hills, Houston, Long Branch, McDonald, Marianna, Midway, New Eagle, North Charleroi, Roscoe, Speers, Stockdale, Twilight, West Brownsville, West Middletown.
Climate: Avg. Summer Temp: 82 degrees (high) Avg. Winter Temp: 36.5 degrees (high) Avg. Annual Rainfall: 36.39 inches Avg. Annual Snowfall: 45.3 inches Value of AG Products Sold (2012AG Census) $35.4 million Gross Regional Product (2013): Manufacturing: $1,169,466,983 Construction: $936,588,455 Mining/Quarrying/Gas & Oil Extraction: $1,004,713,558 Vital Statistics: # of births: (2012) -1,982 # of deaths: (2012) -2,494 Townships: Amwell, Blaine, Buffalo,Canton, Carroll, Cecil, Chartiers, Cross Creek, Donegal, East Bethlehem, East Finley, Fallowfield, Hanover, Hopewell, Independence, Jefferson, Morris, Mt. Pleasant, North Bethlehem, North Franklin, North Strabane, Nottingham, Peters, Robinson, Smith, Somerset, South Franklin, South Strabane, Union, West Bethlehem, West Finley, West Pike Run Sources: Websites: www.census.gov, www.agcensus.usda.gov, www.fishandboat.com,www.nps.gov.
Total Population: 202,897 (2000) 207,820 (2010) Number of Males: 101,035 Number of Females: 106,785 Number of Families: 56,437 Number of Households: 85,089 Average # of persons per Household: 2.37 Number in Labor Force: 106,297 Population Characteristics: Number of Caucasians: 195,657 Number of African American: 6,757 Number of Other: 5,406 Median Age: 43.6 Number of Children 18 yrs. And under : 42,684 Number of Adults: (18 & over) -165,136 Number of Adults: (65 and over)-36,366 Above figures based on 2010 Census Data.
COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS: Cross Creek County Park (2,830 acres) Mingo Creek County Park (2,289 acres) Ten Mile Creek County Park (25 acres) Panhandle Trail (17 miles;) , Mingo Bike & Walking Trail (2.8 miles) MUNICIPAL PARKS: # of Municipal Parks: 96 (1,217 acres) OTHER FACILITIES: Golf Courses: (Public & Private)-17 Campgrounds: 4, Registered Historic sites: 115, Historic Districts: 12, Fishing Lakes & Streams: 15, State Gamelands: 5, Iceoplex at Southpointe, Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Monongahela Aquatorium, First Niagara Pavilion, Pepsi Cola Roadhouse, Consol Energy Park, Trolley Museum, Washington County Fairgrounds.

Medium Income: 49,687
County History:

On March 28, 1781, Washington County was created by an act of the Pennsylavnia General Assembly and named in honor of General George Washington. Carved from the western section of Westmoreland County, it was formed to allow the inhabitants of the area west of the Monongahela River to have more convenient courts and public offices, rather than the inconvenience and hardship of being so far remote from the seat of justice.
The town of Basset, later renamed Washington, served as the site of the first County Courthouse, a log structure built in 1787. The present day Washington County Courthouse, completed in 1900 by the F.J. Osterling Company of Pittsburgh, is registered as a national landmark.
The Whiskey Rebellion, one of the most famous events of early American history, took place in Washington County when David Bradford, noted attorney and community leader, directed area farmers to rebel against the federal excise tax on whiskey passed in 1791. Governor of Virginia, Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, father of the Civil War General Robert E. Lee and hero of the Revolutionary War, smashed the rebellion when he led federal troops into Washington and Allegheny counties. Bradford's Main Street residence, built in 1788, remainis a historical site.

The residence of Dr. Francis J. LeMoyne, a leading abolitionist and founder of the Abolition Society (1824) is preserved by the Washington County Historical Society as another historic attraction.
The National Pike (Route 40), America's first federally built transportation system, runs through Washington County and exhibits numerous antique shops and historic points of interest, such as the Century Inn of Scenery Hill.

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Other County Amenities:
California University of Pennsylvania, Washington and Jefferson College, three modern hospitals, Monongahela Aquatorium, Washington County Airport, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, The Washington County Fairgrounds, Consol Energy Park, Home of the Washington Frontier League Baseball team (Wild Things), little league PONY World Series, antique shops of Scenery Hill and West Alexander, Westerwold Pottery, Little Lake Dinner Theater of Canonsburg, First Niagara Pavilion

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