Introduction to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in Union county, is 66 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 114 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town has a population of approximately 5,620.

Lewisburg History

This region was originally occupied by Native Americans. In the 18th century, it came under the possession of William Penn's family, from whom Ludwig Derr purchased several tracts of land and established a settlement. In 1783, Derr, together with Samuel Weiser, created the community of "Derrstown". Later, the name was changed to "Lewisburg". According to records, Derr's first name, Ludwig, was translated to English as "Louis". However, since he was of German descent, the name was spelt "Lewis", and the community was named "Lewisburg" in his honor. It was officially incorporated in 1812.

Lewisburg and Nearby Attractions

  • Slifer House Museum
  • Joseph Priestley House
  • Sand Spring State Park
  • Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
  • Knoebels Amusement Park

Things To Do In Lewisburg

Slifer House Museum, which houses exhibits in a restored Victorian mansion, is situated in Lewisburg. The town also offers easy access to historic sites and museums like the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, and the Joseph Priestley House. Clyde Peeling's Reptiland is a specialized zoo which is home to cobras, vipers, mambas, alligators, pythons, lizards, frogs, and various other rare species of animals. Opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and picnicking are available at Ravensburg State Park, Susquehanna State Park, and Sand Bridge State Park.

Lewisburg Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Harrisburg International Airport.

Lewisburg Higher Education

Lewisburg is home to Bucknell University. Other colleges close by include the Lycoming College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Susquehanna University.


Total Population 5,781
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,199
Age of the Population 25


% of people married 23.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $37,500
% Above Poverty Level 73.2%
% Below Poverty Level 26.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 18.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 20.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36.2%
Median Gross Rent $733
Median House Value $158,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.8%
US/American 0%
English 13.5%
Irish 16.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lewisburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 66 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 17837, 17886
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.964
Longitude -76.884

Lewisburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lewisburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Brook Park (17837)

College Park (17837)

East Buffalo (17837)

Fairville (17837)

Kelly (17837)

Kelly Point (17837)

Lochiel (17837)

Mazeppa (17837)

New Columbia (17886)

West Acres (17837)

West Milton (17886)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
McEwensville 367 $45,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lewisburg Public Libraries

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Lewisburg Hospitals

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Emergency Service: Yes

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