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Potter County, Pennsylvania (PA)


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County population in 2012: 17,577 (all rural); it was 18,080 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,971
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,553
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,421
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,703 (it was 1,584 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

30%

Land area: 1081 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 16 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Potter County: 94.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.9%), Manufacturing (18.9%), Retail trade (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Potter County, Pennsylvania:


Median resident age:  44.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years

Males: 8,724  (51.1%)
Females: 8,733  (48.9%)

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Potter County,PA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Potter County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $39,823 ($32,253 in 1999)
This county:

$39823
Pennsylvania:

$49520

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $464 (lower quartile is $349, upper quartile is $549)
This county:

$464
State:

$597


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $94,408 (it was $70,500 in 2000)
Potter County:

$94,408
Pennsylvania:

$164,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,256 - $151,813

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $168,605
Here:

$168,605
State:

$223,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $362,508
Here:

$362,508
State:

$164,518

In 2-unit structures: $220,072
Here:

$220,072
State:

$166,566

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $1,554,565
Here:

$1,554,565
State:

$223,507

Mobile homes: $68,305
Here:

$68,305
State:

$35,442
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,122
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $327

Institutionalized population: 186

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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,429 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,183 (1.4%)


Potter County household income distribution in 2009 Potter County home values distribution


Potter County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 15.4%
(15.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.1% for Black residents, 38.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.5% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 45.5% for other race residents, 42.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

12.7%
Whole state:

11.0%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

4.9%
Whole state:

5.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Potter County is $443 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $491 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $651 a month.

Cities in this county include: Coudersport, Galeton, Shinglehouse, Roulette, Ulysses, Austin, Sweden Valley, Oswayo.

Potter County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: www.pottercountypa.net/index.html

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Potter County: Denton Hill Ski Area (A), Lamont (B), Germania Station (C), Williston (D), Prouty Place Camp (E), Coudersport Country Club (F), Bailey Run (G), Carter Camp (H), Kibboville Corners (I), Lyman Run Camp (J), Lymans Run Station (K), Pusher Siding (L), Seven Bridges (M), Whites Corners (N), Cherry Springs (O), Lyman Run (P), Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (Q), Northern Tier Childrens Home (R), Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company Station 20 (S), Kettle Creek Hose Company 1 (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Potter County include: Union Church (A), Fishing Creek Church (B), Sartwell Creek Church (C), Sweden Hill Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Yochum Hill Cemetery (1), Anson Cemetery (2), Ayers Hill Cemetery (3), Wharton Cemetery (4), Sweden Hill Cemetery (5), Brooks Cemetery (6), Byam Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Rose Lake (A), Lyman Run Reservoir (B), North Fork Reservoir (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Dyer Branch (A), Moore Hollow Run (B), Dodge Hollow Run (C), West Darian Run (D), Right Branch Lushbaugh Run (E), Straight Run (F), West Branch Genesee River (G), West Branch Dingman Run (H), Left Branch Lushbaugh Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Potter County include: Denton Hill State Park (1), Patterson State Park (2), Ole Bull State Park (3), State Game Lands Number 204 (4), Cherry Springs State Park (5), Prouty Place State Park (6), Ole Bull State Park (7), Little Cherry Springs Park (8), Lyman Run State Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Allegany County, New York , Cameron County , Clinton County , Lycoming County , McKean County , Steuben County, New York , Tioga County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 301
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 201 (63% naturalized citizens)

Potter County:

1.1%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.1%

Potter County marital status for males
Potter County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Potter County with a mortgage: 1,850 (156 second mortgage, 236 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,365

Here:

57.5% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 37.11%
Here37.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,710
Total congregations: 46

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaGeneral Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesChristian and Missionary Alliance
Adherents2,124 (31.7%)1,517 (22.6%)521 (7.8%)435 (6.5%)417 (6.2%)
Congregations6 (13.0%)14 (30.4%)3 (6.5%)3 (6.5%)3 (6.5%)
Name Charismatic Churches IndependentAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAPresbyterian Church (USA)Episcopal ChurchOther
Adherents400 (6.0%)388 (5.8%)271 (4.0%)230 (3.4%)407 (6.1%)
Congregations1 (2.2%)4 (8.7%)2 (4.3%)2 (4.3%)8 (17.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Potter County - Coudersport, Galeton, Shinglehouse, Roulette, Ulysses

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
This county:

5.30 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
This county:

7.66 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Potter County:

6.48 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.5%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.8%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Potter County:

14.0%
State:

11.5%


Agriculture in Potter County:

Average size of farms: 275 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $77,090
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $277.28
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.24%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 64.56%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $52,165
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 35.80%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $64,651
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.42%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 14.53
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 38.91%
Corn for grain: 1555 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 965 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,939 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 21 acres

Tornado activity:

Potter County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Pennsylvania state average. It is 1.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 7/29/1974, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 3 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Potter County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/12/1994 at 10:43:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 69.0 miles away from the county center
On 2/3/2001 at 20:15:15, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG) earthquake occurred 47.0 miles away from the county center
On 8/15/1991 at 07:16:07, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 70.4 miles away from the county center
On 5/25/1995 at 14:22:32, a magnitude 3.0 (2.6 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.9 miles away from Potter County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Potter County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (11%)
  • Broadcasting and telecommunications (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Machinery (4%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Broadcasting and telecommunications (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Potter County (%):





Potter County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,616 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 1,097 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 493 (6%)
  • Other means: 69 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 365 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Potter County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

People in group quarters in Potter County, Pennsylvania in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,166.

10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties between 2005 and 2006.1,000 average adjusted gross income)


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other states.

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



6.23% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($35,543 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.23%
Pennsylvania average:

5.08%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.32% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($18,136 average AGI)
2.91% relocated to other states ($17,406 average AGI)
Potter County:

2.91%
Pennsylvania average:

2.30%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Tioga County, PA  0.77% ($27,784 average AGI)
to McKean County, PA  0.55% ($28,833)
to Allegany County, NY  0.41% ($28,926)
to Allegheny County, PA  0.20% ($51,538)
to Steuben County, NY  0.17% ($52,636)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in Potter County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Potter County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Potter County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,426 (2,952 aged, 474 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.57
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 17314.76
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 690.810
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 51615.6

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 975.660
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1300.890
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16.82

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 40.74
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 56.07

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 216.1. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,240

Size of family households: 2,538 2-persons, 958 3-persons, 795 4-persons, 368 5-persons, 138 6-persons, 78 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,981 1-person, 325 2-persons, 27 3-persons, 8 4-persons, 9 5-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

96.4% of residents of Potter County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (70% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (51% speak English very well, 26% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (30% speak English very well, 70% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $108,702,000 ($6056 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,450,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $50,655,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $21,628,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $770,000
Federal grants: $30,189,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,930,000 ($1,026,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,530,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,715,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,701,000
Federal Government insurance: $17,177,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,135
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,089
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +13
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -275
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Potter County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.13 millions of gallons per day (38% from ground, 62% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Potter County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 21
  • 2 rooms: 27
  • 3 rooms: 122
  • 4 rooms: 544
  • 5 rooms: 1,018
  • 6 rooms: 1,245
  • 7 rooms: 956
  • 8 rooms: 761
  • 9+ rooms: 727
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 44
  • 3 rooms: 222
  • 4 rooms: 378
  • 5 rooms: 314
  • 6 rooms: 229
  • 7 rooms: 172
  • 8 rooms: 126
  • 9+ rooms: 86
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Potter County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 23
  • 1 bedroom: 161
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,203
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,694
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,019
  • 5+ bedrooms: 321
  • no bedroom: 13
  • 1 bedroom: 312
  • 2 bedrooms: 560
  • 3 bedrooms: 503
  • 4 bedrooms: 164
  • 5+ bedrooms: 32
Cars and other vehicles available in Potter County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 183
  • 1 vehicle: 1,780
  • 2 vehicles: 2,426
  • 3 vehicles: 800
  • 4 vehicles: 171
  • 5+ vehicles: 61
  • no vehicle: 241
  • 1 vehicle: 862
  • 2 vehicles: 377
  • 3 vehicles: 93
  • 4 vehicles: 8
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

65% of Potter County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in Pennsylvania.

Potter County:

65.3%
State average:

64.4%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $56,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 14%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 9%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Potter County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (68.9%)
  • Wood (14.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5.6%)
  • Electricity (2.7%)
  • Coal or coke (1.3%)
  • Utility gas (75.6%)
  • Electricity (13.4%)
  • Wood (5.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 104
Here:

4.7%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 63
Here:

5.6%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 39
Here:

17.0%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Potter County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Potter County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Potter County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Potter County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Potter County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Potter County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13075.2 years
Mary11681.3 years
Robert8871.6 years
James8871.8 years
William8875.3 years
Charles7275.0 years
George7076.1 years
Joseph6075.6 years
Ruth5880.4 years
Frank5777.5 years
Most common last names in Potter County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5578.9 years
Baker3174.2 years
Brown3075.6 years
Haskins2677.1 years
Gross2576.5 years
Snyder2574.0 years
Taylor2369.4 years
Wilson2379.6 years
Clark2275.9 years
Johnson2177.9 years
Businesses in Potter County, PA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
FedEx1RadioShack1
GNC1Rite Aid1
H&R Block1Subway1
La-Z-Boy2True Value1
MasterBrand Cabinets2U-Haul2
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