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About Pennsylvania Public Record Searches

In 1998, Pennsylvania's right to know law was adopted by the state legislature. The name of this law reveals its purpose, which is to mandate transparency in Pennsylvania government. In Pennsylvania, as in many other states, the law is also referred to as The Sunshine Law and defines what information is available and sets parameters for requests and maintenance of information. This law also provides for the creation of the Office of Open Records, whose function it is to assist the public in obtaining government records. Pennsylvania was admitted to the union on the 21st of December 1787; the state's population is 12.75 million people, divided into 67 counties. The state capital is Harrisburg but the two most populous and well known cities are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The University of Pennsylvania is the state's second largest private employer. However, several nationally known companies are located in Pittsburgh, including steel companies and various consumer goods. Search for state property records online through the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds database, listed by individual counties. Search for Pennsylvania open public records online. Link to all levels of Pennsylvania government for information on services which provide public records. Solicit vital, criminal, court and land records. See crime statistics and well as crime reports and state news. Find information on census data, vital statistics, economy data, education and background history of Pennsylvania. You can also browse current housing and real estate data, property and land values. Connect with municipalities and law enforcement for the most up to date local information. This site is updated regularly to bring you the newest services and records.

Pennsylvania Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Pennsylvania Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Pennsylvania

  • Q: How can I view a specific criminal complaint
    By Jason
    Jan 13, 2018
    Reply:

    Go directly to that court's website. Allegheny county for example has a page with a case search of both civil and criminal cases filed. Cases can be searched by participant name, case number, police incident, offense tracking number, complaint number or an organization's name or state ID number.

    By abc123
    Jan 15, 2018

  • Q: How can I find out if my ex wife has been arrested on criminal charges in the past month
    By Donald
    Aug 30, 2017
    Reply:

    There's a link to an inmate search for the state of Pennsylvania above in the public records directory above. You can choose to search by the committing county, inmate name or facility the person may be currently held in custody. If you know the county, you can go directly to the county's own web searches, for example Philadelphia, which has their own inmate search.

    By abc123
    Aug 31, 2017

  • Q: Can I access the detailed records from an old case?
    By aa
    May 05, 2013
    Reply:

    If the case made it the news, even in a small town paper, the article can be accessed with the local library archives. The story itself may not be readily available online, however, the services that the library offers the public can be looked over to see where to get it. This is not the only way, but offers another method when other methods have been tried.

    By jen
    May 06, 2013

    Reply:

    How old is the case? It may be in archives or courthouse clerks

    By admn-resp
    Nov 04, 2015

  • Q: Is there a way to find out if someone has a warrant without going to the police and dealing with a bunch of drama
    By s
    May 13, 2016
    Reply:

    You need to mention where the warrant is out of, some areas' police websites make their arrest warrants public online. You can search freely as with Bucks county bench warrant search online. Lancaster County Sheriff’s webpage on warrants shows you how to use the "The Unified JUDICIAL SYSTEM of PENNSYLVANIA WEB PORTAL" to search for more warrants, including the ones outside the county.

    By abc123
    May 16, 2016

  • Q: Is there a law that says police must give crime information to the public in a timely manner?
    By Rose
    Nov 10, 2015
    Reply:

    You can check the laws on the state's PA open records RTKL (Right To Know Law) faqs under: If our local or state agency receives a right-to-know request what must we do to be in compliance with the new law? [Section 502, 703, 901]. There are exceptions which are specific to certain records.

    By adm
    Nov 18, 2015

  • Q: Are 911 logs public records?
    By tony
    Jun 01, 2015
    Reply:

    Pennsylvania general assembly's webpage under "Section 708. Exceptions for public records." will be able to give you the answer. The page is long, but if you do a page search of 911, you will be able to find it and go directly to what you're looking for. There is a concern with personal information being opened to the public during emergency calls, such as the mental condition of the individual.

    By admn-resp
    Nov 04, 2015

  • Q: Who owned a specific property?
    By anonymous
    Jun 17, 2015
    Reply:

    Counties are in charge or recording deeds, depending on the county the property is in, the database can be open to the public. Which county is it in?

    By a1
    Oct 30, 2015

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Pennsylvania Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Sarah Caraballo
    Sarah Caraballo, Age Now: 18, Missing: 09/07/2018. Missing From Philadelphia, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Philadelphia Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-215-686-8477.
    September 19, 2018
  • Missing: Erica Wilson
    Erica Wilson, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/27/2018. Missing From Scranton, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Scranton Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-570-348-4141.
    September 19, 2018
  • Missing: Brandon Bork
    Brandon Bork, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/08/2018. Missing From Grove City, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Pennsylvania State Police 1-724-662-6162.
    September 18, 2018
  • Missing: Angel Flesher
    Angel Flesher, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/09/2018. Missing From Philadlephia, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Philadelphia Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-215-686-8477.
    September 14, 2018
  • Missing: Gorwyns Giddings
    Gorwyns Giddings, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/17/2018. Missing From Philadelphia, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Philadelphia Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-215-686-8477.
    September 12, 2018
  • Missing: Ciena Kaylor
    Ciena Kaylor, Age Now: 13, Missing: 08/31/2018. Missing From Erie, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Erie Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-814-870-1125.
    September 11, 2018

Pennsylvania Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Pennsylvania Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Paula Sparks • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • 48 Years Old
    March 26, 2018
  • Missing Person • Michael Rickard • Bethel Park, Pennsylvania • 25 Years Old
    March 15, 2018
  • Missing Person • John Harrison • Kittanning, Pennsylvania • 40 Years Old
    March 06, 2018
  • Missing Person • Daniel Kulling • Oil City, Pennsylvania • 34 Years Old
    March 06, 2018
  • Missing Person • John Stegall • Oil City, Pennsylvania • 61 Years Old
    March 06, 2018
  • Missing Person • Charli Berman • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • 22 Years Old
    February 23, 2018

Pennsylvania Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    40,164
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    614
  • Rape:
    3,827
  • Robbery:
    13,534
  • Aggravated Assault:
    22,189
  • Total Property Crime:
    247,016
  • Burglary:
    45,720
  • Larceny Theft:
    188,256
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    13,040

Pennsylvania Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    12,702,379
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    12,281,071
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    3%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    421,325
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    12,281,054
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    746,813
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,775,132
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    22%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    15%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,946,266
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    10,406,288
  • State's black resident population
    1,377,689
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    26,843
  • State's Asian resident population
    349,088
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    3,653
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    237,835
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    719,660
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    10,094,652
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    82%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    11%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    80%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Pennsylvania
  • Births
    150,713
  • Deaths
    125,104
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,139
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    87%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Pennsylvania Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    5%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    9%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    1,049,923
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Pennsylvania
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    25 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    5,518,558
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    268,794
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    5%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    72%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $152,300
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    20%
  • Total number of households
    4,893,127
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Pennsylvania Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $26,678
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in Pennsylvania
    $49,501
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    13%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $481,806
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $38,793
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    6,414,162
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    519,440
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    7,304,947
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    331,776
  • People employed by the government
    811,853
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    355,275,307
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    48,635
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    303,115
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    761,673
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    19,625,449
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Pennsylvania
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    981,809
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    5%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    27%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    234,840,418
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    142,859,202
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    166,842,778
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    13,323
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Pennsylvania territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
    18,275
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    3,075,368
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    7,809,244
  • Size in square miles of land
    44,817
  • Population per square mile
    283
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