Penn-York Valley

Coordinates: 41°59′N 76°32′W / 41.983°N 76.533°W / 41.983; -76.533
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View of the Penn-York Valley from Athens

The Penn-York Valley (referred to locally as The Valley) is a group of communities that straddles the New York and Pennsylvania border.[1] It includes the villages and boroughs of:[2]

These four central communities have a population of 14,822 as of the 2000 Census, and a population of 14,425 as of the 2010 Census.[3] The entire Greater Valley has a population near 35,000.

Due to geographic boundaries, the Penn-York Valley is broken up into two Census regions: the Binghamton metropolitan area and the Sayre micropolitan area. The Valley is part of the Twin Tiers.

The community saw historic flooding due to rain from Tropical Storm Lee, exceeding levels of the Mid-Atlantic United States flood of 2006. Damages in Tioga County alone were estimated at around $100 million.[4]


The Penn-York Valley's education system is set by three different and separate school districts.

Private Education

  • Epiphany School - catholic Elementary and Middle school in Sayre.
  • Zion Ministerial Institute - private religious school in Waverly, of the religious organization Zion Fellowship International. The organization's world headquarters in Waverly.


The valley has three local bus services, the first is Ride Tioga. Ride Tioga stops throughout Waverly, Sayre, and Barton. The second is BeST Transit. BeST Transit makes numerous stops in Waverly, Sayre, and Athens and provides service to Towanda, Wysox, Troy, Canton, and the Lycoming Mall.[5] The third is C-TRAN operating out of Elmira and making daily stops in Waverly, Wilawana, Chemung and points west. Shortline Coach USA and Greyhound regional bus services stop in Waverly, as well. The village also has taxi service available through Valley Taxi which travels throughout the vicinities of Waverly, Sayre, Athens, and Binghamton. The valley is also conveniently located between the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in the Town of Big Flats and the Greater Binghamton Airport located in Maine, New York, both of which are medium-sized regional airports serving the Southern Tier of New York.



  • Press & Sun Bulletin (based in Binghamton, serves the area)
  • Morning Times (based in Sayre; serves Waverly, Sayre, Athens and surrounding communities)
  • The Daily Review (based in Towanda; serves the Penn-York Valley and Bradford County)
  • Star Gazette (based in Elmira; serves Tioga, Chemung and Steuben Counties in NY and Bradford County in PA)




  1. ^ About The Valley news of Penn-York Valley. (Waverly, N.Y.) 1937-1966, Library of Congress.
  2. ^ The Valley Storm Ready Ceremony May 6, 2003, National Weather Service.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Staff Writer (2011-09-16). "Exact cost of flood damage will take time". Ithaca Journal. Retrieved 2011-09-17.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "General Public Fixed Route System Map". BeST Transit. Retrieved July 15, 2017.

41°59′N 76°32′W / 41.983°N 76.533°W / 41.983; -76.533