Pennsylvania Sullivan County Public Schools

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Created on March 15, 1847 from part of Lycoming County and named for Senator Charles C. Sullivan, Butler District, who took an active part in procuring passage of the bill. Laporte, the county seat, was laid out in 1850 and incorporated as a borough in 1853. It was named for John La Porte, surveyor general of Pennsylvania from 1845 to 1851.

The area was included in the New Purchase from the Indians in 1768, but Connecticut settlers who had been ousted from the Wyoming Valley entered and had to be run off by Pennsylvania agents. Pennsylvania settlers were themselves pushed out by the Indian and Tory attacks of 1778–1780. The Genesee Road from New York opened up the area, and in 1794 a French refugee founded Dushore. A woolen industry was productive from 1802 until about 1900. Lumber and the related leather tanning industry were most productive from 1850 to 1900. Coal was discovered and mined by the Sullivan and State Line Railroad after 1871. Eagles Mere became a famous tourist resort in the late nineteenth century. The population peaked at 12,134 in 1900. Today tourism and some lumber and leather production survives. Farms cover 11 percent of the land but agricultural receipts rank low among the sixty-seven counties. State game lands and forest lands are extensive.

Sullivan County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 449.9 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 13.6 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 10.0%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 2.2% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.1% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.30 persons compared to an average family size of 2.81 persons.

In 2008 Public administration was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $28,278. Per capita income grew by 3.2% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 6,140 Covered Employment 1,575
Growth (%) since 1990 0.6% Average wage per job $25,718
Households (2000) 2,660 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 8.9%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 3,001 Average wage per job $27,081
Unemployment Rate (2009) 8.6 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 1.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $28,658 Average wage per job $32,719
Median Household Income (2008) $37,113 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 14.1 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 78.0 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County D
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 12.8 Average wage per job D

1. SULLIVAN CO EL SCHOOL
Address: Beech & South Streets Box 115, Laporte, PA 18626
Phone: (570) 946-7471
County: Sullivan County
Enrollment: 169
Grades: KG-6

2. SULLIVAN CO JSHS
Address: Beech & South Streets Box 98, Laporte, PA 18626
Phone: (570) 946-7001
County: Sullivan County
Enrollment: 362
Grades: 7-12

3. TURNPIKE AREA EL SCHOOL
Address: School Street Box 265, Mildred, PA 18632
Phone: (570) 928-8341
County: Sullivan County
Enrollment: 137
Grades: KG-6