Counties most concerned about climate change in Pennsylvania

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September 2, 2021
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Counties most concerned about climate change in Pennsylvania

Nationally, 72% of Americans believe global warming is happening. But when public opinion researchers zoom in on Americans, they find that attitudes and opinions about climate change can vary drastically from county to county—even when those counties are next door. Public opinion factors into how policy-makers respond to climate change, including taking steps to reduce CO2 levels and mitigate harmful impacts already being experienced. Stacker compiled a list of counties most concerned about climate change in Pennsylvania using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

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#50. Columbia County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.6%
--- 12.8% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.8%
- Total population: 54,459
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#49. McKean County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.7%
--- 12.7% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.3%
- Total population: 33,434
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#48. Clearfield County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.8%
--- 12.5% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.5%
- Total population: 65,398
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#47. Fayette County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 54.9%
--- 12.4% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 106,729
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#46. Beaver County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.0%
--- 12.2% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.6%
- Total population: 134,297

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#45. Schuylkill County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.0%
--- 12.1% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
- Total population: 115,181
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#44. Wyoming County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 11.9% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.8%
- Total population: 22,108
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#43. Lawrence County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.2%
--- 11.9% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 69,909
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#42. Venango County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.3%
--- 11.7% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 50.8%
- Total population: 41,955
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#41. Somerset County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.4%
--- 11.5% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.8%
- Total population: 61,109

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#40. Clarion County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.4%
--- 11.5% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.7%
- Total population: 31,518
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#39. Sullivan County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.5%
--- 11.4% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.3%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.5%
- Total population: 5,456
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#38. Perry County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 11.2% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.7%
- Total population: 35,965
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#37. Franklin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.6%
--- 11.2% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 118,936
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#36. Warren County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.7%
--- 11.1% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.5%
- Total population: 32,217

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#35. Greene County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.8%
--- 10.9% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 15.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.0%
- Total population: 29,963
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#34. Carbon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 55.8%
--- 10.9% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.3%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 33.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.3%
- Total population: 51,416
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#33. Forest County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.0%
--- 10.7% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.6%
- Total population: 6,603
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#32. Adams County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.2%
--- 10.3% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.1%
- Total population: 81,177
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#31. Cambria County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.4%
--- 10.0% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 108,492

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#30. Lycoming County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.5%
--- 9.7% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.3%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.1%
- Total population: 91,213
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#29. Wayne County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.8%
--- 9.4% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
- Total population: 42,752
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#28. Indiana County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.8%
--- 9.3% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 49.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.0%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.4%
- Total population: 70,180
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#27. Washington County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.8%
--- 9.3% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.6%
- Total population: 166,729
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#26. York County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.9%
--- 9.2% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 34.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 52.0%
- Total population: 345,165

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#25. Snyder County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 56.9%
--- 9.1% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.1%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.5%
- Total population: 31,928
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#24. Crawford County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.2%
--- 8.6% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 51.9%
- Total population: 67,960
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#23. Clinton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 57.5%
--- 8.3% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.0%
- Total population: 31,110
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#22. Mercer County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 58.2%
--- 7.1% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.4%
- Total population: 90,310
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#21. Lebanon County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.2%
--- 5.5% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.3%
- Total population: 106,866

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#20. Pike County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.6%
--- 4.8% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.0%
- Total population: 45,194
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#19. Luzerne County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 59.9%
--- 4.4% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 37.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.8%
- Total population: 255,395
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#18. Cumberland County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.5%
--- 3.5% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.0%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.1%
- Total population: 197,263
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#17. Montour County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.7%
--- 3.1% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 35.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 16.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.7%
- Total population: 14,613
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#16. Berks County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.7%
--- 3.0% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.8%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
- Total population: 322,427

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#15. Bucks County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.8%
--- 3.0% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 36.7%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
- Total population: 495,804
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#14. Lancaster County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.1%
--- 2.4% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 410,195
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#13. Union County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.6%
--- 0.1% lower than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.6%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.3%
- Total population: 37,034
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#12. Northampton County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.7%
--- 1.6% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.4%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 38.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.4%
- Total population: 240,724
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#11. Erie County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.3%
--- 2.6% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.2%
- Total population: 216,136

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#10. Lehigh County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.3%
--- 2.7% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.1%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.6%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.5%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.0%
- Total population: 280,105
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#9. Centre County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.3%
--- 4.2% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.0%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.1%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.5%
- Total population: 136,950
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#8. Lackawanna County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.4%
--- 4.4% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.0%
- Total population: 168,455
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#7. Monroe County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.2%
--- 5.6% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.2%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.5%
- Total population: 133,799
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#6. Dauphin County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.5%
--- 6.2% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.5%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.9%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.2%
- Total population: 212,762

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#5. Allegheny County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.3%
--- 7.4% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.7%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.9%
- Total population: 994,224
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#4. Chester County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.8%
--- 11.4% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.9%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.4%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.6%
- Total population: 397,610
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#3. Delaware County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.8%
--- 11.4% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 71.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.5%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.4%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.5%
- Total population: 438,617
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#2. Montgomery County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.8%
--- 14.7% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 71.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.2%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.2%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.2%
- Total population: 642,409
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#1. Philadelphia County

- Percentage who are worried about climate change: 77.9%
--- 24.3% higher than Pennsylvania average
- Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 76.7%
- Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 55.8%
- Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.8%
- Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 71.2%
- Total population: 1,229,251

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