Sweden Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania

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Sweden Township, Pennsylvania
Keystone marker in Sweden Valley, a community within the township
Keystone marker in Sweden Valley, a community within the township
Map of Potter County, Pennsylvania highlighting Sweden Township
Map of Potter County, Pennsylvania highlighting Sweden Township
Map of Potter County, Pennsylvania
Map of Potter County, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
 • Total33.84 sq mi (87.63 km2)
 • Land33.82 sq mi (87.60 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
 • Total872
 • Estimate 
 • Density24.98/sq mi (9.65/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code42-105-75720

Sweden Township is a township in Potter County, Pennsylvania, United States.


Sweden Township was formed on February 26, 1828 from Eulalia Township. It was named for the nation of Sweden, the native country of its early pioneer settlers.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 33.7 square miles (87.4 km²), of which, 33.7 square miles (87.3 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

Sweden Township is bordered by Allegany Township to the north, Ulysses Township to the east, Summit Township to the south and Eulalia Township to the west. The Coudersport Ice Mine is located in Sweden Township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016845[2]−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 775 people, 299 households, and 232 families residing in the township. The population density was 23.0 people per square mile (8.9/km²). There were 575 housing units at an average density of 17.1/sq mi (6.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.90% White, 0.52% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

There were 299 households, out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,750, and the median income for a family was $47,188. Males had a median income of $35,568 versus $25,208 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,780. About 6.0% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Coudersport Area Municipal Authority Treatment Plant Controversy[edit]

The Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) became involved in a controversial proposal for a fracking wastewater plant in early 2018.[6] CAMA services Sweden Township.[7] JKLM Energy intends to truck "produced water" (fracking wastewater) to a centralized plant for treatment to be located adjacent to the CAMA plant in Eulalia Township, Pennsylvania, when and if the plant is approved and licensed by governmental authorities. The treated wastewater then will be transferred to CAMA for disposal into the headwaters of the Allegheny River.[8]

The plant proposal is opposed by many residents Potter County as well as by the Seneca Nation of Indians who reside downriver from the proposed plant location.[9][10][11][12][13] The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined JKLM $472,317 in 2016 for groundwater contamination caused by the use of an unapproved surfactant during the drilling of a natural gas well. The contamination impacted six private drinking water wells in Sweden and Eulalia townships, Potter County.[14] The Cattaugus County, New York, legislature as well as New York State Senator Catharine Young have joined the Seneca Nation in opposition to the proposed fracking wastewater plant.[15][16] Additionally, the Coudersport Bourough (PA) Council voted to oppose the siting of the plant near Coudersport.[17][18][19] The Coudersport Borough Council's resolution of opposition was forwarded to the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA), who has not yet considered it in a public forum.[20][21]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Potter County History
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Proposal to dump Pegula Frackwater in Allegheny River upstream of NY's southern tier advances - Artvoice". Artvoice. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  7. ^ http://coudersportborough.org/sewer-authority
  8. ^ "Proposal to dump Pegula Frackwater in Allegheny River upstream of NY's southern tier advances - Artvoice". Artvoice. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  9. ^ "At Allegheny River's headwaters, treatment plant for fracking wastewater stirs debate". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  10. ^ Hartranft, Nick. "Seneca Nation opposes Epiphany plan: 100 protest proposed wastewater facility at Coudy". TiogaPublishing.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  11. ^ "'Reckless assault on Mother Earth': Seneca Nation fights fracking treatment plant". RT International. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  12. ^ "Senecas ramp up opposition to Pegula fracking proposal". Niagara Falls Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  13. ^ Olean Times Herald, Bob Clark (2018-03-29). "Seneca Nation and Others Fire Back Against Ceases and Desist Letters". Olean Times Herald. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  14. ^ "DEP Fines JKLM Energy LLC $472,317 for 2015 Potter County Surfactant Discharge". media.pa.gov. 2016-10-24. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  15. ^ Olean Times Herald, Rick Miller. "Seneca Nation treasurer thanks Cattaraugus County lawmakers for support in opposing fracking waste treatment plant". Olean Times Herald. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  16. ^ "Young Urges Pa. Environmental Dept. To Deny Fracking Project | News, Sports, Jobs - Post Journal". www.post-journal.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  17. ^ "Opposition mounts to proposed shale gas wastewater facility". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  18. ^ Bradford Era, Bob Clark, Special to The Era. "Coudersport Borough Council opposes treatment plant". The Bradford Era. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  19. ^ "Coudersport Borough Council Voices Opposition to Allegheny River Dumping Plan". wivb.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  20. ^ Olean Times Herald, Bob Clark. "Heated CAMA meeting drawn to close following outburst over fracking wastewater project". Olean Times Herald. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  21. ^ "Tensions Erupt at Coudersport Fracking Wastewater Plant Meeting". Salamanca Press. Retrieved 2018-03-28.

Coordinates: 41°44′30″N 77°51′59″W / 41.74167°N 77.86639°W / 41.74167; -77.86639