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.
Founded February 21, 1810
Named for Susquehanna River
Seat Montrose
Largest borough Forest City
 • Total 832 sq mi (2,155 km2)
 • Land 823 sq mi (2,132 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 1.15%
 • (2010) 43,356
 • Density 53/sq mi (20.3/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

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.


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.


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[citation needed]. The population is increasing, roads being repaved, the unemployed being employed, and new businesses are coming to the county.


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]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 9,960
1830 16,787 68.5%
1840 21,195 26.3%
1850 28,688 35.4%
1860 36,267 26.4%
1870 37,523 3.5%
1880 40,354 7.5%
1890 40,093 −0.6%
1900 40,043 −0.1%
1910 37,746 −5.7%
1920 34,763 −7.9%
1930 33,806 −2.8%
1940 33,893 0.3%
1950 31,970 −5.7%
1960 33,137 3.7%
1970 34,344 3.6%
1980 37,876 10.3%
1990 40,380 6.6%
2000 42,238 4.6%
2010 43,356 2.6%
Est. 2012 42,696 −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. 26% were of English, 16.1% were of German, 15.1% Irish, 8.6% Italian and 7.7% Polish ancestry according to the 2012 American Community Survey.

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.


As of November 2008, there are 28,788 registered voters in Susquehanna County.[7]

County commissioners[edit]

  • Alan Hall, Chair, Republican
  • Michael Giangrieco, Republican
  • MaryAnn Warren, Democrat

Other row offices[edit]

  • Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary, Susan Eddleston, Republican
  • Coroner, Tony Conarton, Republican
  • District Attorney, Jason Legg, Republican
  • Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Mary F. Evans, Republican
  • Sheriff, Lance Benedict, Republican
  • Treasurer, Cathy Benedict, Republican

State Representatives[edit]

State Senators[edit]

US Representative[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:


Rank City Population
1 Forest City 1,911
2 Susquehanna Depot 1,643
3 Montrose 1,617
4 Hallstead 1,303
5 New Milford 868
6 Great Bend 734
7 Oakland 616
8 Lanesboro 506
9 Hop Bottom 337
10 Thompson 299
11 Little Meadows 273
12 Union Dale 267
13 Friendsville 111



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.

Natural Gas[edit]

Ever since drilling began for natural gas, the economy has improved. With more jobs the unemployment rate has gone down 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.


Susquehanna County's natural beauty, great skiing, and quaint villages make it an ever growing tourist destination


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)



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.


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


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


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]


  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". Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ voter registration statistics

External links[edit]

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