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The 2000 Census showed that Bedford County had a population of 49,984 people. This represented 0.41% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 43rd most populous county (out of 67 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Bedford had a population of 49,579 people. This is a decrease of 0.81% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201049,762-0.44%+0.37% since 2009
200949,579-0.81%-0.44% since 2008
200849,799-0.37%+0.29% since 2007
200649,669-0.63%+0.27% since 2005
200549,535-0.9%-0.4% since 2004
200249,763-0.44%-0.16% since 2001
200149,841-0.29%-0.29% since 2000
200049,984The Last Census

Bedford County had 23,529 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Bedford County has a total area<3> of 1,017 square miles [2,635 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (2.89 square miles [7.49 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Bedford County had a population density of 49.27 people per square mile [19.02 people/km²], making it the state's 58th most densely populated county (out of 67 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Bedford County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Bedford and the state of Pennsylvania.

Click here for the Bedford County QuickFact (QF-42009).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Bedford County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Bedford County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Allegany (MD)QF-24001   SW72,53274,930-3.2%
BlairQF-42013   N126,122129,144-2.34%
CambriaQF-42021   NW143,998152,598-5.64%
FultonQF-42057   E14,85214,2614.14%
HuntingdonQF-42061   NE45,39545,586-0.42%
SomersetQF-42111   W76,95380,023-3.84%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Bedford. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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