Hughesville, Pennsylvania

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Hughesville, Pennsylvania
The Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville
The Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville
Location of Hughesville in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Hughesville in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County
Coordinates: 41°14′25″N 76°43′29″W / 41.24028°N 76.72472°W / 41.24028; -76.72472Coordinates: 41°14′25″N 76°43′29″W / 41.24028°N 76.72472°W / 41.24028; -76.72472
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedApril 23, 1852
 • MayorRichard F. Smith (R)
 • Total0.65 sq mi (1.67 km2)
 • Land0.65 sq mi (1.67 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation581 ft (177 m)
 • Total2,128
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,193.80/sq mi (1,233.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-36160[4]
GNIS feature ID1213971[2]

Hughesville is a borough in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,220 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Hughesville is named for Jeptha Hughes, who purchased land from John Heap in 1816 and laid out the town of "Hughesburg" before selling the entire plot to Daniel Harrold in 1820. The town grew slowly around a gristmill that was constructed by Jacob Clayton. A tavern was built in 1820, and a general store followed ten years later. The first doctor in Hughesville, John W. Peale, arrived in 1828. Hughesville was incorporated as a borough on April 23, 1852. The first dentist opened an office in 1853 and the first lawyer settled in Hughesville in 1875.[5]

Early industries in Hughesville were built to serve the farmers and citizens of eastern Lycoming County. They included a chair factory opened in 1829, a wagon shop in 1830, several distilleries, a sawmill and planing mill, and a furniture factory. Electricity was introduced to Hughesville in 1891 along with running water.


Hughesville is located at 41°14′25″N 76°43′29″W / 41.24028°N 76.72472°W / 41.24028; -76.72472 (41.240402, -76.724852).[6] It is completely surrounded by Wolf Township.[7] As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.

Hughesville hosts the Lycoming County Fair and is home to the East Lycoming School District.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20172,060[3]−3.2%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,220 people, 967 households, and 608 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,420.6 people per square mile (1,318.7/km2). There were 1,029 housing units at an average density of 1,585.5 per square mile (611.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.60% White, 0.18% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 967 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.9% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

A view down Main Street in Hughesville

The median income for a household in the borough was $29,361, and the median income for a family was $37,905. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $20,794 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,271. About 4.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]

History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ *Meginness, John Franklin (1892). "Borough of Hughesville". History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania: including its aboriginal history; the colonial and revolutionary periods; early settlement and subsequent growth; organization and civil administration; the legal and medical professions; internal improvement; past and present history of Williamsport; manufacturing and lumber interests; religious, educational, and social development; geology and agriculture; military record; sketches of boroughs, townships, and villages; portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, etc. etc (1st ed.). Chicago: Brown, Runk & Co. ISBN 0-7884-0428-8. Retrieved 2007-02-27. (Note: ISBN refers to Heritage Books July 1996 reprint. URL is to a scan of the 1892 version with some OCR typos).
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "2007 General Highway Map Lycoming County Pennsylvania" (PDF) (Map). 1:65,000. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. Retrieved 2009-12-27.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.