Bedford County is located in the foothills of the pristine Allegheny Mountains within a 500-mile radius of more than 40 percent of the nation's population, less than three hours from Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The county has an exceptional transportation network with more Interstate Highway miles than any other county in Central Pennsylvania.

Small communities connected by fields, streams, and highways form the backbone of Bedford County, which was established in 1771, from parts of Cumberland County, named for the fort that tamed the area for the settlers to follow.

Bedford County, with its historic, beautiful countryside has the best of all worlds. It is a step back in time where family values grow from its rural heritage.


Land Area: 1,015 square miles
Water Area: 2.9 square miles
Population 49,762
Population Density: 49 people per square mile
Cost of Living Index: 89.8
Industries Providing Employment: 22.4% Manufacturing
15.8% Education, health and social services
12.8% retail trade
Median Resident Age: 39.5 years
Average Household Size: 2.5 people
Median Household Income: $40,413
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