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Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Rail line in Montgomery
Rail line in Montgomery
Location of Montgomery in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Montgomery in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Settled 1783
Incorporated 1887
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)
 • Land 0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
509 ft (155 m)
 • Total 1,579
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,755.03/sq mi (1,064.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 547
FIPS code 42-50632
GNIS feature ID 1214023

Montgomery is a borough in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,579 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Montgomery was incorporated as a borough by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on March 27, 1887 from part of Clinton Township. The history of the settlement of Montgomery begins in 1783 when John Lawson established a homestead there. Nicholas Shaffer built a gristmill in Montgomery in 1795. A sawmill and a wool carding mill were other early industries found on Black Hole Creek which flows through Montgomery.

P. M. Barber was the first person to come to Montgomery and establish an industry that achieved any sustainable success. He opened a distillery in 1859 and later a planing mill in 1869 on the site of the distillery. Barber with his partners, A.B. Henderson, Jesse Rank, and Nathan Fowler had so much success that they laid out a town around their mill in 1870. The town was further expanded by the success of Montgomery Machine Shops which starting in 1873, under the supervision of Levi Houston, built woodworking machinery that was sold to clients throughout the United States and Canada and as far away as Australia.

Montgomery was previously known as Black Hole for the creek that flows through it and the post office established in 1836 bearing that name and it was also known as Clinton Mills, again named for the post office. The name Montgomery stems from another name for the same post office, Montgomery Station.


Pennsylvania Route 54 east in Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Route 54 east in Montgomery, Pennsylvania

Montgomery is located at 41°10′17″N 76°52′33″W / 41.17139°N 76.87583°W / 41.17139; -76.87583 (41.171393, -76.875826). Montgomery lies along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, about six miles to the southwest of the borough of Muncy, and eight-and-a-half miles southeast of the city of Williamsport. It borders Clinton Township on sides not bordered by the river. As the crow flies, Lycoming County is about 130 miles (209 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles (266 km) east-northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2).0.5 square miles (1.4 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (6.90%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 414
1890 777 87.7%
1900 1,063 36.8%
1910 1,490 40.2%
1920 1,798 20.7%
1930 1,903 5.8%
1940 1,893 −0.5%
1950 2,166 14.4%
1960 2,150 −0.7%
1970 1,902 −11.5%
1980 1,653 −13.1%
1990 1,631 −1.3%
2000 1,695 3.9%
2010 1,579 −6.8%
2019 (est.) 1,507 −4.6%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,695 people, 628 households, and 462 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,117.2 people per square mile (1,211.9/km2). There were 680 housing units at an average density of 1,250.6 per square mile (486.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.05% White, 0.53% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 628 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 31.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $33,846, and the median income for a family was $38,641. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $20,648 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,763. About 8.6% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

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