Pennsylvania Cameron County Public Schools

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Created on March 29, 1860 from parts of Clinton, McKean, and Potter Counties and named for U.S. Senator Simon Cameron. Emporium, the county seat, was incorporated as a borough on October 13, 1864; its name is Latin for “market” or “trade center.”

The Sinnemahoning Creek and its tributaries dominate the area and the first settlers recognized the destructiveness of flooding. Farming never developed; lumber has always shaped the economy. Because of abundant stands of hemlock tanning developed. There was a serious flood in 1847, but the opening of the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad brought about the creation of the county. Overwhelming floods occurred in October 1861 and in the spring of 1889, punctuated by milder floods in 1865 and 1884. In 1884, a forest fire depleted much of the timber wealth. Cameron had only a little oil, gas, and coal, but furniture and wood product industries arose. In the twentieth century, the Sylvania Corporation, manufacturers of radio tubes and electrical products, was born in Emporium. High quality flagstone has been quarried, and explosives were manufactured there in the 1930s. Emporium was an Underground Railroad station and for a time the home of the eccentric Claflin sisters, spiritualists and friends of Horace Greeley. The Civil War Bucktails Regiment of sharpshooters was raised there, and there are many legends about rattlesnakes and hunters’ exploits. Movie cowboy actor Tom Mix was born on Mix Run. Over half the land is in state parks and game lands; only 1 percent is farmed. Lumber is still a major product, and there is thriving activity in tool and die works and pressed metals.

Cameron County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 397.2 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 13.0 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population declined by 15.8%. On the 2000 census form, 99.5% of the population reported only one race, with 0.4% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.39 persons compared to an average family size of 2.96 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $36,083. Per capita income grew by 5.7% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 5,163 Covered Employment 2,437
Growth (%) since 1990 -12.7% Average wage per job $29,629
Households (2000) 2,465 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 51.1%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 2,361 Average wage per job $36,083
Unemployment Rate (2009) 17.3 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $29,857 Average wage per job $38,236
Median Household Income (2008) $37,538 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 9.0%
Poverty Rate (2008) 13.0 Average wage per job $20,100
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 79.8 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 0.8%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.1 Average wage per job $24,234
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1. CAMERON County
Enrollment: JSHS
Address: 601 Woodland Ave, Emporium, PA 15834
Phone: (814) 486-4000
County: Cameron County
Enrollment: 411
Grades: 7-12

Address: 601 Woodland Ave, Emporium, PA 15834
Phone: (814) 486-4000
County: Cameron County
Enrollment: 376
Grades: KG-6

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