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Census data at the municipal level can tell us where the county’s population loss is coming from.
But what is publicly available does not say much more.
Information from the US Census Bureau provides a litany of statistics for entities with more than 5,000 people – meaning just the city of Warren and the county as a whole.
The median household income is higher in the county than in the city – $50,250 to $42,935 – but the percentage of the population living in poverty is higher in the county – 13.5 – than in the city, 12.6.
City dwellers are 2% more likely to have a computer at home and almost 5% more likely to have a high-speed Internet subscription. Even still, the city’s rate — 81 percent — lags behind the statewide 81.5 percent.
More people live in a female county than in the city – 2.28 people versus 2.05 people and county dwellers are 5% more likely to have lived in the same house a year ago than dwellers in the city.
There are 3% more women living in the city than the county rate. The city – by around 4% – also has fewer older people living within its borders.
Municipal data – at least for now – does not reach this level of detail. It provides population and race demographics.
Warren County is predominantly white, but decade after decade there are changes.
The percentage of the population identifying as African American remained stable in the county but increased by nearly 100% in the city of Warren to a total of 87.
The percentage of those who identify as Hispanic increased to 36.1% countywide and 38.9% in the city of Warren (125).
Racial demographics are divided into several categories – white, black or African American, Native American and Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, Hispanic and “another breed”.
The latter category grew by 145.3% in Warren County between 2010 and 2020 to a total of 130 people.
While Pennsylvania lost a seat in the House of Representatives as a result of 2020 data, the most significant impact of the county’s 7.7% drop will be dollar grants allocated based on population.
This question will be explored in an upcoming Times Observer article.