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|Founded||March 2, 1855|
|Named for||Simon Snyder|
|• Total||332 sq mi (860 km2)|
|• Land||329 sq mi (850 km2)|
|• Water||2.8 sq mi (7 km2) 0.8%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||123/sq mi (47/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code||570/272, 717|
Snyder County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,702. The county seat is Middleburg. Snyder County was formed in 1855 from parts of Union County.
Snyder County was settled in the 1740s by Pennsylvania Germans from Berks and Lancaster counties, and became an independent political unit on March 2, 1855, when formed under part of Union County. Snyder County took its name in honor of the famous citizen and political figure Simon Snyder, who was governor of Pennsylvania for three terms, from 1808 to 1817, and made his home in Selinsgrove. The county seat of Middleburg was laid out in 1800 and incorporated in 1864.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 332 square miles (860 km2), of which 329 square miles (850 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.8%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in Pennsylvania by area. Snyder County is in the Ridge and Valley region of the Appalachian Mountains. Two parallel mountain ridges, Shade Mountain and Jacks Mountain, 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 county remains forested with both softwoods and hardwoods. These woods provide a place for wildlife to roam which provides for the sport of hunting.
|U.S. Decennial Census
According to the 2010 federal census, there were 39,702 people, 14,414 households, and 9,981 families residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 14,890 housing units at an average density of 45 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97% White, 1.2% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.42% Asian, and 0.07% Pacific Islander. Two percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino. US Veterans - 2,681. Median household income (in 2014 dollars), 2010-2014 was reported as $48,718, while the per capita income was $23,886. In 2014, the median household income in the USA was $53,700.
Micropolitan Statistical Area
The United States Office of Management and Budget has designated Snyder County as the Selinsgrove, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). As of the 2010 U.S. Census the micropolitan area ranked 15th most populous in the State of Pennsylvania and the 313th most populous in the United States with a population of 39,702. Snyder County is also a part of the Bloomsburg-Berwick-Sunbury, PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), which combines the populations of Snyder County, as well as Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Union Counties in Pennsylvania. The Combined Statistical Area ranked 8th in the State of Pennsylvania and 115th most populous in the United States with a population of 264,739.
Electric – All 21 municipalities within Snyder County receive electric service from PPL Electric Utilities, Inc. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a 500 kilovolt line runs through Snyder County. Three 138 kilovolt lines stem from this 500 kilovolt line at the Sunbury Generation coal-fired power plant in Shamokin Dam, which is capable of producing roughly 400 megawatts of electrical power.
Water – Water service in Snyder County is provided by various municipal and regional authorities, private water providers, and private well water sources.
Gas – UGI Penn Natural Gas is the only natural gas provider in Snyder County, providing service to Jackson, Middlecreek, Monroe, and Penn Townships, as well as Selinsgrove and Shamokin Dam Boroughs. Several propane dealers exist to service the rural community.
Communications – Verizon provides telephone service and EvenLink provides VoIP 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 principally provided by Verizon, EvenLink, and Service Electric Cablevision.
There are several restaurants featuring high speed wireless internet in Snyder County. Dunkin Donuts and Applebee's provide fee-based services provided by PenTeleData Unleashed. The White House Deli in MP Mills provides a free service.
Snyder County has two main arteries. U.S. Routes 11/15 travel through the county on the east end generally following the path of the Susquehanna River. The highway is a major travel artery through the region. Flow is constant (truck and vehicle) with very heavy loads and backups on Fridays (especially in the afternoon) and holiday weekends. There is a proposed major highway bypass project called the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway. It is meeting with funding challenges that have delayed the project for decades. The proposed thruway would cross Monroe Township just north of Shamokin Dam. Many residential properties are designated for eminent domain actions. Residents along the proposed route have expressed concerns about the negative impact on their quality of life that the thruway would mean. Others are concerned that the bypass will mean the loss of local revenue and jobs that the traffic brings to the many local restaurants and hotels that are located along the current U.S. 11/15 highway. In June 2007 another two-year delay was announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
U.S. Route 522 begins in Selinsgrove and travels west through Kreamer, Middleburg and on to Lewistown. Route 35 begins on U.S. 11/15 south of Selinsgrove and runs roughly parallel to Route 522 crossing through Freeburg and Mount Pleasant Mills then westward to McAllisterville and Richfield in western Snyder County.
Snyder County is in Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation District 3. According to PennDOT there are 240 state-owned bridges in the county. Currently, many existing bridges and roads in the county are in need of repair. In 2007, 27 of the bridges were rated structurally deficient and 4 were posted with weight limits. The bridge that spans Middle Creek in Kreamer has been deemed structurally deficient by the state.
State routes 235, 104 and 204 cross the county in a north-south direction.
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:
- West Beaver
- West Perry
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.
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Snyder County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|12||Richfield (partially in Juniata County)||CDP||549|
|13||Mount Pleasant Mills||CDP||464|
Snyder County is well known for its unmistakable Pennsylvania German language and culture, agricultural heritage, as well as its fraktur, Kentucky rifles, wood products industries, Middleswarth chip factory, and the annual fairs, festivals, and auctions that keep the local heritage alive. Some of the more famous historical structures of the county are the Governor Snyder Mansion, Pomfret's Castle, Schoch Block House, ruins of the Pennsylvania Canal, and its covered bridges. Snyder County is home to Snyder-Middleswarth State Park, the Tall Timbers Natural Area, and thirteen Pennsylvania state historical markers.
- Pennsylvania Canal (Susquehanna Division) – US 11 & 15 at Port Trevorton
- Simon Snyder – SR 2017 (old US 11 & 15) just S of Selinsgrove
- Simon Snyder Mansion (Plaque) – 121 N. Market St. (old US 11 & 15), Selinsgrove
- Coxey’s Army – 814 N. Market St. (old US 11 & 15), Selinsgrove
- Penns Creek Massacre – SR 2017 (old US 11 & 15) just N of Selinsgrove
- Penns Creek Massacre (Plaque) – S end Old Trail (just E of US 11 & 15), Penns Creek N of Selinsgrove
- Schoch Blockhouse – US 522 at Kreamer
- Susquehanna University – US 522, .5 mile W of old US 11 & 15, Selinsgrove
- Albany Purchase – US 522 (old US 11 & 15) 1 mile N of Selinsgrove
- Harris Ambush (Plaque) – At the Old Bridge, 1/2 mile W of Selinsgrove
- Sunbury – U.S. 11 & 15, 4 miles N of Selinsgrove
- Shikellamy – US 11, 5.4 miles N of Selinsgrove entrance to Shikellamy State Park
- Snyder County – County courthouse, 9 W. Market St. (US 522), Middleburg
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