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Created on March 26, 1804 from part of Lycoming County and named for General James Potter of Cumberland and later Northumberland Counties, hero of both the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, and a member of the Supreme Executive Council and the Council of Censors. It was attached to Lycoming County until 1814 when it was authorized to elect commissioners jointly with McKean County. McKean and Potter Counties were separated in 1824, but Potter was still attached to McKean for judicial purposes. It was fully organized in 1835. Coudersport, the county seat, was laid out in 1807 and incorporated as a borough on February 7, 1848. It was named for Jean Samuel Couderc, an Amsterdam banker.

An uninhabited section of overly large Lycoming County, the county was created by the legislature on the same day as McKean and Tioga, to reduce Lycoming County to manageable size. John Keating of Philadelphia owned and developed much of the area. Many early settlers were New Englanders who came from New York; there were only twenty-three residents in 1810. The east-west road across the county sparked commercial progress. A lumber economy led to a population peak of 30,621 in 1900, but then it declined as the forests disappeared. A Norwegian colony started by utopian violinist Ole Bull failed in 1852–53. Before 1860 farmer-lumbermen using small water mills cut most of the lumber in northern section. The virgin white pines were all gone by 1880. Commercial lumbering began in 1837 at Millport. Goodyear Brothers of Buffalo, N.Y. started a second lumber boom in 1884, using railroads and power mills. There was a large tannery at Costello in 1886. Galeton, acquired by the Goodyears, had railroad shops, a tannery, a sawmill, and a brewery. The western section was exploited by a Scranton based company, which did not diversify as Galeton had. It died when the trees were gone, in 1912. Most of the tanneries closed before 1930. Acetate, charcoal, wood alcohol, wood tar were produced from small hardwoods until about 1950. Gas, discovered after 1900, led to glass manufacture that lasted a few decades. Deep gas, discovered in the 1930s, was piped out and sold elsewhere. Today there is some dairy farming in the north, and potatoes have grown well since the 1920s; farms occupy 14 percent of the land. Carbon is now produced. The Bayless Paper Company, begun in 1901 near Austin, did well until its dam burst in 1911. Rebuilt, it carried on until a 1942 flood destroyed it again.

Potter County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 1,081.2 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 15.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 10.3%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 0.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.54 persons compared to an average family size of 3.02 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $33,357. Per capita income grew by 9.2% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 16,714 Covered Employment 5,482
Growth (%) since 1990 0.0% Average wage per job $33,246
Households (2000) 7,005 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 15.9%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 7,755 Average wage per job $33,357
Unemployment Rate (2009) 11.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 6.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $29,990 Average wage per job $43,060
Median Household Income (2008) $36,175 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.4 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 80.6 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 1.4%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.3 Average wage per job $35,733
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Address: 138 Costello Avenue, Austin, PA 16720
Phone: (814) 647-8603
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 84
Grades: PK-6

Address: 138 Costello Avenue, Austin, PA 16720
Phone: (814) 647-8603
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 109
Grades: 7-12

Address: 802 Vine St, Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: (814) 274-8800
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 460
Grades: KG-6

Address: 698 Dwight St, Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: (814) 274-8500
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 416
Grades: 7-12

Address: 25 Bridge Street, Galeton, PA 16922
Phone: (814) 435-6571
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 387
Grades: PK-12

Address: 745 Sr 49 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948
Phone: (814) 848-7563
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 304
Grades: KG-6

Address: 763 Sr 49 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948
Phone: (814) 848-7534
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 276
Grades: 7-12

Address: 277 Oswayo Street Po Box 610, Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Phone: (814) 697-7161
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 228
Grades: PK-5

Address: 318 Oswayo St Po Box 610, Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Phone: (814) 697-6132
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 189
Grades: 9-12

Address: 318 South Oswayo St Po Box 610, Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Phone: (814) 697-6132
County: Potter County
Enrollment: 128
Grades: 6-8

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