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Encyclopedia > Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Snyder County, Pennsylvania
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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Snyder County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 2, 1855
Seat Middleburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

860 km² (332 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
2 km² (1 mi²), 0.29%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

37,546
44/km² 
Website: www.snydercounty.org

Snyder County is a class 7 county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population was 37,546. Snyder County was formed in 1855 from parts of Union County. The county seat is Middleburg6. Image File history File links Map_of_Pennsylvania_highlighting_Snyder_County. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_PA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pennsylvania ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Middleburg is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Middleburg is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 860 km² (332 mi²). 858 km² (331 mi²) of it is land and 2 km² (1 mi²) of it (0.29%) is water. Snyder County is in the Appalachian Mountain Section of the Ridge and Valley Province. Two parallel mountain ridges run southwest to northeast. The Susquehanna River is the eastern border. Between the ridges are steep hills, gently rolling hills, and flat creek valleys. With over 400 active farms in the county, agriculture plays an important role in the economy and environment. Roughly half the coutny remains forested with both softwoods and hardwoods. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Adjacent counties

Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Northumberland County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Juniata County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Mifflin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ...

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 37,546 people, 13,654 households, and 9,981 families residing in the county. The population density was 44/km² (113/mi²). There were 14,890 housing units at an average density of 17/km² (45/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.93% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 4.19% report speaking Pennsylvania German at home.[1] 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... Pennsylvania German, or more commonly Pennsylvania Dutch, (Deitsch, Pennsylvania Deutsch, Pennsilfaanisch-Deitsch, Pennsilfaani-Deitsch, Pennsilweni-Deitsch, Pennsilfaanisch), is a West Central German variety spoken by 150,000 to 250,000 people in North America. ...


There were 13,654 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.00% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 22.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.02. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.


The Average Wage per job reported for 2003 was $26,650. County population in 2003 had risen to 37,965. Jobs in 2003 were 17,907 with a Total labor force in 2004 of 19,863. The unemployment rate in 2004 was reported at 4.8%. Average household size in Snyder County in 2004 was 2.58.


Municipalities

Map of Snyder County , Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).
Map of Snyder County , Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

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 Snyder County: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... List of cities in Pennsylvania, arranged in alphabetical order. ... List of towns and boroughs in Pennsylvania, arranged in alphabetical order. ... List of towns and boroughs in Pennsylvania, arranged in alphabetical order. ...


Boroughs

Beavertown is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Freeburg is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... McClure is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Middleburg is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Borough Logo Selinsgrove is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Shamokin Dam is a small borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ...

Townships

Adams Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Beaver Township is a township located in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. ... Center Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Chapman Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Franklin Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Jackson Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA. The population was 1,276 at the 2000 census. ... Middlecreek Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Monroe Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Penn Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Perry Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Spring Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Union Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Washington Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... West Beaver Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... West Perry Township is a township located in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. ...

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well. A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...

Beaver Springs is an unincorporated census-designated place in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Hummels Wharf is a census-designated place (CDP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Kratzerville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Kreamer is a census-designated place (CDP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Mount Pleasant Mills is a census-designated place (CDP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Paxtonville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Penns Creek refers to both a village in Synder County, Pennsylvania, and a creek, which flows to the north of the village. ... Port Trevorton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Troxelville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. ...

Economics

Manufacturing since the year 2001 was faced with the largest loss in employment in Snyder County. The sector dealt with a loss of 427 jobs, or 7.2 percent of the employment in the industry. This made up a total of 36 percent of all county employment losses since 2001. Employment Report for Snyder County, Pennsylvania. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


County Major Employers and Industry Sector as reported by Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry December 2006.


Wood Mode Manufacturing
Susquehanna University Educational Services
Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp Manufacturing
Selinsgrove Area School Educational Services
Midd West School District Educational Services
Apex Homes Inc Manufacturing
Wal-Mart Associates Inc Retail Trade
National Beef Wholesale Trade
Penn Lyon Homes Inc Manufacturing
Professional Building Systems Manufacturing


In 2005 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $34,042. Per capita income grew by 7.7% between 1994 and 2004 (adjusted for inflation).


Two Selinsgrove based manufaturing facilities announced closings in Spring 2007. Both are building related manufacturing facilties. Together they represent a loss of over 250 jobs.


The borough and region are struggling economically. The reasons include: a lack of inter-municipal coordination and cooperation, a changing employment base and a dearth of jobs paying a living wage, out-migration of young people, an aging population, the need for workforce development, and an inequitable local tax structure. [1]


Education

Colleges and Universities

Map of Snyder County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts
Map of Snyder County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Snyder_County_Pennsylvania_School_Districts. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Snyder_County_Pennsylvania_School_Districts. ...

Public School Districts

  • Midd-West School District
  • Selinsgrove Area School District

Map of Snyder County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts. ...

Boards and Agencies

  • Snyder County Conservation District The conservation district is governed by a seven member board of volunteer directors. The Conservation District is a delegated authority to administer in Snyder County the state Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control (ESPC) program under PA Code Title 25 Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 Rules and Regulations and the Clean Streams Law. Act 217, the Conservation District law, permits conservation districts to charge fees for services, under certain circumstances. Their motto is Conservation Through Education. They offer programs regarding nutrient management, erosion prevention, Improving Dirt & Gravel Roads, and Watershed Protection. SCCD location map.
  • Snyder County Cooperative Extension Board Snyder County Courthouse, Middleburg, PA. Through educational programs, publications, and events, cooperative extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to Snyder County citizens.
  • Snyder County Geographical Information System (GIS) 44 Universal Road, off Rte 522, Selinsgrove, PA. This agency produces maps of county locations with additional layers of information like watershed data or building addressing. These maps are used in development planning, dispatching timely emergency services, flood plain tracking and epidemiology.
  • Snyder County Housing Authority's mission is to promote safe, sanitary, and affordable housing, and maintain a good quality of life for Snyder County residents. Provides rental assistance to low income county residents using a voucher system for renting suitable housing. The authority meets at 9 am on the third Monday of each month in the conference room of its Administrative offices located at 103 Drake Court, Middleburg, PA 17842. Denise Miller is the Executive Director. Phone: 570-837-3979
  • Emergency Management Agency is run by a Coordinator. The office is located at 30 Universal Rd. Route 522, Selinsgrove , PA 17870 Office: 570-372-0535 Snyder County Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union Joinder Board and Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Snyder County Agricultural Land Preservation Board
  • Tourism Fund Review Panel for Snyder County
  • SEDA-Council of Governments Board of Directors
  • Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. board
  • Snyder County Prison Board
  • Snyder County Waste Management Authority 713 Bridge Street, Suite 9, Selinsgrove, Pa 17870 The Authority is charged with the planning of how to manage the solid waste in the County. A recycling program is available throughout the county with a varying schedule. Additionally, it is examining the issue of a single waste hauler contract for the county or to continue to allow individuals to contract privately with individual haulers.
  • Snyder County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications provide vtal communication resources during a crisis or disaster. Efforts go through the County's Emergency Management Coordinator.

A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for managing data that has a spatial specialized form of an information system. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting the health and illness of populations, and serves as the foundation and logic of interventions made in the interest of public health and preventive medicine. ...

Environmental Issues

In 2002, Snyder County ranked among the dirtiest/worst 10% of all counties in the U.S. in terms of cancer risk score (air and water releases). In 1999, this county ranked among the dirtiest/worst 10% of all counties in the U.S. in terms of sulfur dioxide emissions.


Snyder County’s water supply includes wells, springs/streams, reservoirs, the Susquehanna River, treatment plants, and pumping stations. Water distribution can be affected in three ways: the amount of water available; the quality of the water; and the viability of the physical components of the distribution systems. The quantity of water usually depends on nature. Humans, on the other hand, are primarily responsible for the maintenance of water quality. Water contamination can occur naturally, by human error or intentionally. Occasionally, releases of manure and milk into the water supply can cause contamination. There are also times when accidental spills and releases of hazardous materials contaminate water. Water supplies along transportation routes have been affected by hazardous materials spills.

  • Ongoing pollution and soil erosion in the region continue to degrade the water quality and the environment locally as well as regionally. Farming, wastewater treatment facilities and industrial spills are cited as contributing factors to loss of water quality. Local pollution and erosion also contributes to the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. Controlling the wastewater discharges alone is expected to cost local taxpayers billions of dollars.
  • Groundwater - A Primer for Pennsylvanians is provided by the Water Resources Education Network to encourage safeguarding the quality of the groundwater.
  • Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Water supply and Wastewater Management has a Northcentral Region office at 208 W. Third St., Suite 101 Williamsport, Pa 17701
  • The Master Well Owner Network is a network of trained volunteers dedicated to promoting the proper construction and maintenance of private water systems in Pennsylvania. There are 286 trained Master Well Owner Volunteers in 60 counties in Pennsylvania. They have provided assistance to over 8,000 homeowners with private water systems. MWON is facilitated by Penn State Cooperative Extension.
  • The Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association’s central purpose is to protect, conserve, and improve the Lower Penn’s Creek watershed by promoting the wise stewardship of the land and aquatic resources. The organization is open to all citizens. The organization has sponsored a main stream assessment The Lower Penns Creek watershed is approximately 163 square miles within Snyder and Union Counties. It drains into the Susquehanna River on the northern border of the community of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. It is located within the Lower Susquehanna subbasin. LPCWA’s efforts contribute to the success of the missions of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. The Snyder County Conservation District and the Union County Conservation District both have watershed specialists that participate in LPCWA. Growing Greener grants support watershed specialists who provide technical assistance and coordination of watershed restoration and protection efforts.
  • Private Landowners Assistance Program (PLAP), helps landowners develop habitat management plans, increasing its value to wildlife and helping to keep at bay the ongoing decline in habitat quality and loss of wildlife habitat on lands in private ownership. There is no charge for participating in PLAP, nor is there a public access requirement. Southcentral: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder counties - Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management Biologist Dan Mummert at 814-542-8759.

The Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo The Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it. ...

Utilities

Electric – All 21 municipalities within Snyder County receive electric service from PPL Utilities, Inc. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a 500-volt line runs through Snyder County. Three 138-volt lines stem from this 500-volt line in Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania.


Water – Water service in Snyder County is provided by various municipal and regional authorities, private water providers, and private well water sources.


Gas – PG Energy is the only gas provider in Snyder County, providing service to Jackson, Middlecreek, Monroe, and Penn Townships, as well as Selinsgrove and Shamokin Boroughs.


Communications – Verizon of Pennsylvania provides telephone service to all 21 municipalities in Snyder County.


Cable television service is provided by Service Electric Cablevision, Nittany Media, Inc., Zampelli Electronics, and Beaver Springs Community TV Association.


High-speed Internet access is provided by Verizon DSL service or Service Electric Cablevision cable/Internet service.


There are two Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the county provided through PenTeleData internet service provider. They are located at Dunkin Donuts and Applebee's both located on Routes 11&15 in Hummel's Wharf, PA.


External links

Coordinates: 40°46′N 77°05′W / 40.77, -77.08 Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Snyder County, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (283 words)
Snyder County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania.
The racial makeup of the county is 97.93% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races.
In the county, the population is spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who are 65 years of age or older.
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