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Sullivan County, Pennsylvania
Sullivan County Courthouse
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Sullivan County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of USA PA
Pennsylvania's location in the U.S.
Founded March 15, 1847
Seat Laporte
Largest city Dushore
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

452 sq mi (1,171 km²)
450 sq mi (1,165 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.53%
 - (2010)
 - Density

14.2/sq mi (5/km²)

Sullivan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2010, the population is 6,428.[1] Sullivan County was created on March 15, 1847, from part of Lycoming County and named for Charles Sullivan, leader of the Pennsylvania Senate. Its county seat is Laporte[2].


The land which became Sullivan County was originally purchased from the Iroquois by the Province of Pennsylvania in 1768, as part of the first Treaty of Fort Stanwix. It was then part of Northumberland County, then became part of Lycoming County when it was formed in 1795.[3] Sullivan County itself was formed from the northeastern part of Lycoming County on March 15, 1847. It was the thirteenth and last county formed at least partly from Lycoming County (and the fifth entirely formed from it).[3]

According to the official state publication Pennsylvania Local Government, Sullivan County was named for Pennsylvania state senator Charles C. Sullivan, who "took an active part in procuring passage of the bill" establishing the county.[4] However, according to Frederic A. Godcharles (1933), the county is named for General John Sullivan, who led the Sullivan Expedition against the Iroquois in 1779.[5]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,172 km²), of which 450 square miles (1,165 km²) is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) (0.53%) is water.

Elevation ranges from 2593 ft at North Mountain in Davidson Township to 779 ft on Loyalsock Creek at the Lycoming County line.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Sullivan County lies predominantly within the Appalachian Plateau physiographic province, which is characterized by gently folded and faulted sedimentary rocks of middle to late Paleozoic age. The southern border of the county is approximately at the Allegheny Front, a geological boundary between the Ridge and Valley province and the plateau. (PA Geologic Survey Map 13)

Worlds End State Park Far View

Worlds End State Park

The stratigraphic record of sedimentary rocks within the county spans from the Devonian Lock Haven Formation (exposed only in Lick Creek valley) to the coal-bearing Pennsylvanian Allegheny Formation. Generally, the Catskill Formation underlies most of the lowlands, and sandstones of the Huntley Mountain, Burgoon, Mauch Chunk, or Pottsville Formations cap the mountains. No igneous or metamorphic rocks exist within the county, other than possible glacial erratics.

Structurally, the bedrock of Sullivan County is gently folded, with the axes of two major anticlines (including the Wilmot Anticline) and two major synclines (Bernice-Mehoopany Syncline and Noxen Syncline) each trending roughly east-west. There are three mapped faults in the Allegheny Formation between the towns of Murray and Ringdale.[6][7]

Nearly all of Sullivan County was glaciated several times in the past, during the Pleistocene epoch, or "Ice Age." (PA Geologic Survey Map 59). Most of the county is covered by glacial till of Late Wisconsinan age. Late Illinoian Stage deposits may underlie the Late Wisconsinan deposits, and these are exposed in the south central part of the county (roughly western Davidson Township).

The major rivers in Sullivan County are Loyalsock Creek and Muncy Creek. Both flow into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Some streams along the eastern border of the county flow into the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. All of Sullivan county is thus within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Several small coal fields exist within Sullivan County. (PA Geologic Survey Map 11). The fields contain either bituminous coal or semi-anthracite, and all occur within Pennsylvanian strata.

Haystacks1 Loyalsock Creek Sullivan Co PA

The Haystacks in Loyalsock Creek

Interesting geologic features within Sullivan County include some of the following:


There are two Pennsylvania state parks in Sullivan County.

There are several festivities held in the county each year. Dushore Founder's Day- Held in August. Activities such as Outhouse Races, Roll-a-Keg Races, Arts and Crafts, and vendors. Dushore Dairy Parade- Held in Mid-June. Activities such as Milking a Cow. Laporte Fireman's Carnival- Held in August. Carnival rides and games. Sullivan County Fair- Held in Late August and Early September. Carnival rides and games, exhibitions, competitions, Demolition Derby, and vendors.

Loyalsock State Forest

Loyalsock State Forest in Hillsgrove Township

Sullivan County is also home to a large, private hunting club, Painter Den, Inc.[9] This vast property is situated in Davidson, Laporte and Colley townships. Painter Den pond is also on the property and is stocked with Perch and Pike.


Facy Sheet: Sullivan County, Pennsylvania
Census Pop.
1850 3,694
1860 5,637 52.6%
1870 6,191 9.8%
1880 8,073 30.4%
1890 11,620 43.9%
1900 12,134 4.4%
1910 11,293 −6.9%
1920 9,520 −15.7%
1930 7,499 −21.2%
1940 7,504 0.1%
1950 6,745 −10.1%
1960 6,251 −7.3%
1970 5,961 −4.6%
1980 6,349 6.5%
1990 6,104 −3.9%
2000 6,556 7.4%
2010 6,428 −2.0%
</ref>| footnote= Sullivan County Census Data[1]

[10][11] }} As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 6,556 people, 2,660 households, and 1,752 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 6,017 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.58% White, 2.20% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.8% were of German, 14.7% Irish, 9.5% English, 7.5% American, 5.9% Polish and 5.6% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,660 households out of which 24.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 29.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.20% 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 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.40 males.


Map of Sullivan County Pennsylvania with Municipal and Township Labels

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

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Sullivan County:




Public School DistrictsEdit

Sullivan County School District has one high school, grades 7-12, and two elementary schools, grades K-6. Sullivan County High School is located in Laporte, PA. Sullivan County Elementary School is located just behind the high school.


Public transportation is provided by Endless Mountains Transportation Authority.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Sullivan COunty QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b Meginness, John Franklin (1892). 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 Edition ed.). Chicago, IL: Brown, Runk & Co.. ISBN 0-7884-0428-8. Retrieved 2007-08-05. "(Note: ISBN refers to Heritage Books July 1996 reprint. URL is to a scan of the 1892 version with some OCR typos)." 
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania Local Government" (PDF). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  5. ^ Godcharles, Frederic A. (1933). Pennsylvania: Political, Governmental, Military and Civil: Political and Civil History Volume (First edition ed.). New York, New York: The American Historical Society. 
  6. ^ PA Geologic Survey Map 61, Overton Quadrangle
  7. ^ Berg, T.M., Edmunds, W.E., Geyer, A.R. and others, compilers, (1980). Geologic Map of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geologic Survey, Map 1, scale 1:250,000.
  8. ^ The Haystacks, "Ricketts Folly," and The End of the World: Geology of the Glaciated Allegheny High Plateau, Sullivan, Luzerne, and Columbia Counties, Pennsylvania, 71st Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists (field trip guide book), J. D. Inners, G. M. Fleeger, eds., 2006
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center. 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-17. (1850-1960 population data)
  11. ^ Richard L. Forstall (March 27, 1995). "Pennsylvania, Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-02-17. (1970-1990 population data)
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 41°27′N 76°31′W / 41.45, -76.51

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