About Schuylkill County

"Visitors to Schuylkill County spend more than $100 million per year." - Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau

Schuylkill (pronounced school-kill) County was formed in 1811 and was named for the Schuylkill River. Approximately 18% of our county's land is devoted to farmland. Agriculture runs a close second to tourism on the list of the county's top industries - bringing in over $55 million per year.

Area 784 square miles

Elevation 627 feet above sea level (in the center of Pottsville)

Climate Mean Annual Temperature: 60°F Mean Annual Rainfall: 42 inches

Agriculture 840 farms totaling 110,000 acres (2000) State ranking in production: 2nd - Christmas trees; 3rd - Vegetables, Melons, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes; 5th - Turkeys; 9th - Poultry/Eggs; 11th - Greenhouses/sod; 14th - Hogs

Population & Housing Information (2000 Census) Schuylkill County: 150,336Pottsville: 15,549; Urban Population: 95,497; Rural Population: 54,839; Total Housing Units: 67,806; Owner Occupied: 41,077

Median Monthly Housing Cost With Mortgage: $764; Without Mortgage: $267

Assessed Valuation Schuylkill County: $2.2 billion (2005 estimate)

Employment Total Employment: 122,842 (2000) Total Income: $3,458,998,000 (2000); Average Annual Wage: $29,536 (2004); Median Household Effective Buying Income: $32,699 (2000)

Healthcare Facilities Hospitals: 4,Total Beds: 649; Nursing Homes: 14, Total Beds: 1,646

Communities & Trading Areas County Seat: Pottsville

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