Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania

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Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Susquehanna County County Seat.jpg
The Susquehanna County courthouse in Montrose
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Susquehanna County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 21, 1810
Named forSusquehanna River
SeatMontrose
Largest boroughForest City
Area
 • Total832 sq mi (2,155 km2)
 • Land823 sq mi (2,132 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (26 km2), 1.15%
Population
 • (2010)43,356
 • Density53/sq mi (20.3/km²)
Congressional district10th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.susqco.com
 
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Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Susquehanna County County Seat.jpg
The Susquehanna County courthouse in Montrose
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Susquehanna County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 21, 1810
Named forSusquehanna River
SeatMontrose
Largest boroughForest City
Area
 • Total832 sq mi (2,155 km2)
 • Land823 sq mi (2,132 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (26 km2), 1.15%
Population
 • (2010)43,356
 • Density53/sq mi (20.3/km²)
Congressional district10th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.susqco.com

Susquehanna County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,356.[1] Its county seat is Montrose.[2] The county was created on February 21, 1810, from part of Luzerne County[3] and named for the Susquehanna River.

History[edit]

Settlement & Conflict[edit]

The first settlers began to move into the area from Philadelphia and Connecticut in the mid 1700s. At the time, the area was part of Luzerne County. As more and more people from Connecticut moved in, there began to be some conflict. Under Connecticut's land grant, they owned everything from present day Connecticut to the Pacific Ocean. This meant their land grant overlapped with Pennsylvania's land grant. Soon fighting began. In the end, the Connecticut government was asked to surrender their claim on the area, which they did.

Formation[edit]

In 1810, Susquehanna County was formed out of Luzerne County and later in 1812, Montrose was made the county seat.

Civil War[edit]

Susquehanna County was one of the main stops on the underground railway. Although this is not completely backed up by fact, there are many pointers saying this is true. These pointers say Montrose was the main hub. Here slaves would take refuge in the homes of citizens.

Coal & Early Prosperity[edit]

After the civil war coal, started to be mined. Following this, railways and roads were built into the county allowing for more people to come. At one point the county had nearly 50,000 people. Coal became, as with neighboring counties, the back bone of the economy. This boom in coal would allow for an age of prosperity in the county.

Great Depression[edit]

When the Great Depression hit, the coal industry suffered horribly. Within months the coal industry was struggling. In World War Two the coal industry picked up again, but only for a short time. Soon after the economy in the county failed. Between the 1950s and 1990s many mines were closed up, railways were torn apart, and the economy took a turn for the worse. Unemployment rose and population decline increased.

Modern Day[edit]

Today, the county is experiencing a new boom. The population is increasing, roads being repaved, the unemployed being employed, and new businesses are coming to the county. However, fracking comes at a cost to the environment and to the lives of long-time residents.

Geography[edit]

Milk Can Corners in Hallstead

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 832 square miles (2,156 km²), of which 823 square miles (2,131 km²) is land and 10 square miles (25 km²) (1.15%) is water.[4]

Physical Geography[edit]

Susquehanna County is very mountainous, with large concentrations of mountains in the east and smaller, more hill like mountains in the west. The highest mountain in the county is North Knob just west of Union Dale. Most people live in one of the several long and mostly narrow valleys. These valleys are good farming land.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18209,960
183016,78768.5%
184021,19526.3%
185028,68835.4%
186036,26726.4%
187037,5233.5%
188040,3547.5%
189040,093−0.6%
190040,043−0.1%
191037,746−5.7%
192034,763−7.9%
193033,806−2.8%
194033,8930.3%
195031,970−5.7%
196033,1373.7%
197034,3443.6%
198037,87610.3%
199040,3806.6%
200042,2384.6%
201043,3562.6%
Est. 201242,696−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]
Susquehanna Depot Main Street

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 42,238 people, 16,529 households, and 11,785 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 21,829 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.1% were of German, 15.4% English, 15.1% Irish, 10.6% American, 8.6% Italian and 7.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 16,529 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

Politics[edit]

As of November 2008, there are 28,788 registered voters in Susquehanna County [1].

County commissioners[edit]

Other row offices[edit]

State Representatives[edit]

State Senators[edit]

US Representative[edit]

Municipalities[edit]

Map of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red) and Townships (white).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following boroughs and townships are located in Susquehanna County:

Boroughs[edit]

RankCityPopulation
1Forest City1,911
2Susquehanna Depot1,643
3Montrose1,617
4Hallstead1,303
5New Milford868
6Great Bend734
7Oakland616
8Lanesboro506
9Hop Bottom337
10Thompson299
11Little Meadows273
12Union Dale267
13Friendsville111

Townships[edit]

Economy[edit]

The economy in the county is mainly made up of Natural Gas drilling, small businesses, education workers, and government officials. Natural Gas in the last few years has become the largest industry in the county. Tourism is also a growing industry.

Natural Gas[edit]

Ever since drilling began for natural gas, the economy has improved. With more jobs the unemployment rate has gone done and the population decline has steadied out. Natural Gas has brought a new and reliable industry to the county. With these new workers, small businesses have also prospered.

Education[edit]

Map of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Public Libraries[edit]

Public School Districts[edit]

Vocational Tech schools[edit]

Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center (Springville)

Intermediate Unit[edit]

Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18

Private Schools[edit]

Faith Mountain Christian Academy (New Milford)

Transportation[edit]

Road[edit]

Susquehanna County is served by an extensive network of rural roads and dirt roads. The only highway is U.S. Interstate 81 that serves the towns of Lenox, Hartford, Gibson, New Milford and Montrose, Hallstead, and Great Bend.

Rail[edit]

Susquehanna County's last mainstream passenger train services ended in the late 1970s. Since then mainly freight trains have used the lines.

Air[edit]

Although Susquehanna County boasts several airstrips, they are strictly recreational. The closest main airports are in Binghampton, New York and Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Recreation[edit]

There is one Pennsylvania state park in Susquehanna County:

Susquehanna County is one of the most rural counties in the state,[citation needed] located in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Township Incorporations, 1790 to 1853". Susquehanna County Historical Society. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°49′N 75°48′W / 41.82°N 75.80°W / 41.82; -75.80