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Beaver County Profile

Beaver County Profile

Located approximately 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh city center, Beaver County occupies 434 square miles of gently rolling countryside. The County’s ideal location on the shores of the Ohio River made it the home to many steelmakers and industrial firms who relied on affordable river transportation for the delivery of raw materials.

Thanks to major infrastructure improvements over the years, Beaver County today has easy access to major highways, including I-376, I-76, I-80 and other routes. It is minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport, which offers frequent flights to domestic and international destinations. For more information on Pittsburgh International Airport, please visit www.flypittsburgh.com.

Beaver County is an ideal location for manufacturers and distribution firms. In fact, America’s major markets – 63 percent of the nation’s industrial output – are located within 500 miles.

Quality of Life

As part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area, Beaver County shares many attributes with Pittsburgh, named “Most Livable City in the Continental United States” by The Economist magazine. The region boasts a lively cultural arts scene, competitive sports, outstanding education and world-class healthcare.


From the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to the Civic Light Opera and Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh’s vibrant Cultural District is a destination for arts lovers nationwide. With many museums and galleries, there’s always something to explore.

Arts and Entertainment

  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & PSO Pops at Heinz Hall
  • Historic Benedum Center for the Arts, featuring the best of Broadway, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
  • Pittsburgh Public Theatre at Theatre Square and the Cabaret Theatre
  • Byham Theatre, offering an eclectic mix of entertainment
  • Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, offering performances by leading jazz artists.
  • Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center – located in Midland, PA, LPPC is focused on enhancing cultural and educational opportunity through performance.

Hands of the man playing the cello in dark colors

Museums & Galleries

History. Arts. Science. It’s all available at leading venues, including:

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Senator John Heinz Regional History Center
  • Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
  • Andy Warhol Gallery
  • Pittsburgh Arts Festival
  • Beaver Area Heritage Museum
  • Old Economy Village
  • Merrick Art Gallery
  • Fort Pitt Museum and Park

Parks and Recreation

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Ohio River Valley, Beaver County offers a diverse array of sports and recreation options.  Golfer’s enjoy rounds on some of the nation’s best-rated courses; there’s boating in summer and skiing in winter at resorts a short-drive away.
Our rivers, lakes and streams are bordered by hiking and bike trails, and the cool, clear waters are an angler’s delight.  County, State and local parks, located throughout the County, provide convenient getaways to relieve stress, picnic, enjoy family outings and more.

For more information, please visit the Beaver County Recreation and Tourism Department.

Pennsylvania is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, with lakes, streams, natural forests and trails. For additional information on the Commonwealth’s natural resources, visit the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources here >.

Fly fishing

World-Class Health Care

Beaver County is home to the Heritage Valley Health System , which operates two nationally-recognized acute care hospitals and an extensive network of neighborhood-based clinics and diagnostic facilities throughout the County.

Additionally, the Pittsburgh region is known world-wide for its advances in history-making biomedical innovation and unparalleled clinical care, medical device technology and advances in sports medicine and pharmaceuticals. We’re home to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of only 15 hospitals in the county to be named to US News & World Report’s Honor Roll with 14 specialties ranked for excellence.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is recognized nationwide for excellence and was named by US News & World Report as one of the country’s top 10 children’s hospitals. And, indicative of the region’s focus on health care, two hospitals affiliated with Allegheny Healthcare Network, Allegheny General Hospital
and West Penn Hospital, were top performers in more than 10 clinical specialties, including cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer and gynecology.



Beaver County offers a diverse selection of affordable housing. From single-family units on spacious lots, to more compact, urban-centric townhomes, condos and apartments, the region is cited as a top location for “residential bargains” by SmartMoney.com, and the National Association of Realtors has named the area the “fifth most affordable housing market” out of the top 25 metros in the United States.

For an overview of homes for sale or rent as well as school, neighborhood and demographic data, please visit Trulia.



There are fourteen public school districts serving Beaver County, many of which are ranked as among the best in Pennsylvania. In addition, educational diversity is provided by 15 non-public licensed and private schools, including private charter schools, nationally-ranked cyber schools and religiously-affiliated schools.

Beaver County is home to three colleges and universities, including:

  • Penn State- Beaver – located on a 100-acre campus in Center Township, Penn State provides the first two years’ undergraduate education in more than 180 baccalaureate degrees. Learn More ›
  • Geneva College – offers liberal arts and sciences degrees in more than 40 majors, professional accreditation and graduate studies. The Christian-based college has been named a Top 10 Best Value School by US News & World Report. Learn More ›
  • Community College of Beaver County – celebrating 50 years of service to Beaver County communities, CCBC provides accessible, affordable higher education opportunities. The accredited college offers two-year associate degree programs, and offers the nation’s preeminent air traffic control training program through a dedicated facility at Beaver County Airport. CCBC has partnered with public schools throughout the region to offer early credit programs in STEM, advanced manufacturing and aviation. Additionally, CCBC is a regional innovator in providing specialized workforce development training. For more information, click here.

In addition to these Beaver County-based institutions, many of the nation’s leading higher-learning institutions are a short commute away, including:

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Duquesne University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Carlow University
  • Chatham College
  • Westminster College
  • Kent State University – East Liverpool Campus

Beaver County Quick Facts

Beaver County Board of Commissioners

The Honorable Sandie Egley, Chair
The Honorable Tony Amadio
The Honorable Daniel C. Camp III

Beaver County Courthouse
810 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
Phone: 724.728.5700
Fax: 724.728.0725

County Facts

    • 2012 Population: 170,245
    • Total Number of Municipalities: 53
    • County Seat: Beaver
    • Land Area (sq. mi.): 434
    • Water Area (sq. mi.): 10
    • 2012 Population Density (people per mile): 392.2
    • 2010 Birth Rate per 1,000: 10.2
    • 2010 Death Rate per 1,000: 11.2
    • 2012-2013 Elementary and Secondary

School Enrollment:
– Elementary Total: 15,419
– Secondary Total: 18,469

    • 2011-2012 Public High School Graduates:

– Total: 3,415
– Post-secondary Placement Rate: 75.5%

Sources: Pennsylvania Abstract – A Statistical Fact Book, Pennsylvania State Data Center US Census
Bureau, PA Department of Education, Department of Health Bureau of Health Statistics

Largest Municipality

Hopewell Township
Additional large municipalities include:

  • Aliquippa
  • Ambridge
  • Beaver Falls
  • Center Township

A complete listing of municipalities and be viewed here

Top Private Employers

Heritage Valley Health Sys. Health Care 2,600
First Energy Utility 1,400
Service Link Mgmt. Co. Real Estate 1,300
Norfolk Southern Corp. Railroad 1,100
Giant Eagle Retail 875
TMK IPSCO Steel Manufacturing 790
Friendship Ridge Elder Care 600
McGuire Memorial Home Elder Care 500
McCarl’s Inc. Construction 500

Source: Beaver County Corporation for
Economic Development

For additional statistical information on
Beaver County, please click here