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Potter County, Pennsylvania

Potter County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Potter County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded September 1, 1826
Named for James Potter
Seat Coudersport
Largest borough Coudersport
 • Total 1,082 sq mi (2,802 km2)
 • Land 1,081 sq mi (2,800 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 0.02%
 • (2010) 17,457
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .net.pottercountypawww

Potter County is a

  • Potter County Visitor's Association
  • Galeton Area School District
  • Austin Area School District
  • Coudersport Area School District
  • Shinglehouse Area School District

External links

  • Major Lyman Founder of Potter County
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See also

  • East Fork Road was a former district which dissolved on January 1, 2004. The district contained only one road and 14 residents, with almost all of the district's land claimed as part of the Susquehannock State Forest. The territory that constituted the East Fork Road District is now the eastern half of Wharton Township.

Road district (defunct)

Unincorporated communities

Census-designated places



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 Potter County:

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


The county is also the location of the annual "God's Country Marathon" race between Galeton and Coudersport.

Potter County is home to 8 state parks and many more acres of state forest and gamelands.

Potter County is known for its wild areas.


Pennsylvania EdNA - Educational Entities, 2013

  • Coudersport Public Library [1]
  • Galeton Public Library [2]
  • Genesee Area Library [3]
  • Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, Shinglehouse [4]
  • Ulysses Library Association [5]
  • Potter-Tioga County Library System, Coudersport


List from National Center for Education Statistics[11]

  • Chestnut Ridge School Genesee, Grades 1-8
  • Hebron Center Christian School Coudersport, Grades PK-12
  • Meadow View School, Genesee, Grades 1-8
  • Musto Hollow Amish School, Genesee, Grades 1-8
  • Penn-York Camp & Retreat Center, Ulysses
  • Ulysses Amish School Ulysses, Grades 1-8

Private schools

Public school districts

Map of Potter County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts


Potter County is one of the most John Kerry. The county has voted for the Republican in every presidential election since 1964. In 2006, Rick Santorum received 3,476 votes (63%) to 2,012 votes (37%) for Bob Casey, Jr., making it Santorum's strongest county in his defeat. Lynn Swann also received more than 60% of the Potter County vote in his defeat.


In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

There were 7,005 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.02.

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 18,080 people, 7,005 households, and 5,001 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 12,159 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.06% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.3% were of English, 26.9% were of German, 9.9% Irish and 5.8% Italian ancestry according to the 2012 American Community Survey.


Major highways

Adjacent counties

Three major watersheds meet in Potter County: the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, St. Lawrence River, and Mississippi River. Moreover, the main stem by volume of the entire Mississippi river system, the Allegheny River, has its source in central Potter County, near Cobb Hill.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,082 square miles (2,800 km2), of which 1,081 square miles (2,800 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.02%) is water.[4]


Lyman had a colorful personal history. After the death in childbirth of his first wife, Sally Edgecombe, he remarried; later he left his second wife and started a third family in Potter County. The second Mrs. Lyman was determined not to suffer on her own. She sought out the Major, travelling from Bolton Landing, New York to Potter County with the help of their son, Burrell, who was 18 at the time. Major Lyman lived with these two families in Potter County. Historical accounts of the living situation vary. Some say that Lyman kept both wives under one roof. Others state that there were two log homes for the families on the same piece of property. Descendants of Major Isaac Lyman's three families still live and work in Potter County.

Major Isaac Lyman, an American Revolutionary war veteran was one of the first permanent settlers in Potter County. Major Lyman is recognized as the founder of Potter County. He was paid ten dollars for each settler he convinced to move to Potter County. He built his home in 1809 in nearby Lymansville, now known as Ladonna. Major Lyman also built the first road to cross Potter County and Potter County's first sawmill and gristmill.



  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics 4
  • Education 5
    • Public school districts 5.1
    • Private schools 5.2
    • Libraries 5.3
  • Recreation 6
  • Communities 7
    • Boroughs 7.1
    • Townships 7.2
    • Census-designated places 7.3
    • Unincorporated communities 7.4
    • Road district (defunct) 7.5
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Potter County is located in the Allegheny Plateau region.

. Though it is named for him, James Potter never actually lived in Potter County and may have never even visited the area. American Revolution during the Continental Army, who was a general from Pennsylvania in the James Potter It is named after [3]

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