Introduction to Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Pottsville, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill county, is 28 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 74 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pottsville History

Pottsville was founded in 1806 by John Pott and was named in honor of him. Originally Pottsville was located in Chester County, but after several changes it became a part of Schuylkill County. It was incorporated as a borough in 1828. Replacing Orwigsburg, Pottsville became the county seat in 1851, and it became a city in 1911. A small textile industry emerged by the Schuylkill River, which was the source of the famous company, Phillips Van Heusen. Anthracite coal was discovered by hunter Nelcho Allen.

Pottsville and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
  • Indian Echo Caverns
  • Knoebels Amusement Park
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • John O'Hara House
  • Locust Lake State Park

Things To Do In Pottsville

Parks in the area include Yuengling Park, Rotary Park, and Henry Clay Park. People may visit museums and historic sites like Jerry's Classic Cars Museum, John O'Hara House, and Jewish Museum of Eastern Pennsylvania. Exhibits on the history of coal mining and anthracite industries are displayed at the Museum of Anthracite Mining. Some of the other popular attractions near Pottsville are Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Indian Echo Caverns, Knoebels Amusement Park, and Crystal Cave. Hersheypark, which is located nearby, has more than 65 rides, live entertainment, 11 rollercoasters, and a boardwalk.

Pottsville Transportation

Air transportation is available from Schuylkill County Airport.

Pottsville Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks, Luzerne County Community College, and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.


Total Population 14,025
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,785
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,970
% Above Poverty Level 81.8%
% Below Poverty Level 18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 38.4%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $69,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.9%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 24.5%

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

Pottsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Standard Zip Codes 17901
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.685
Longitude -76.195

Pottsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 34 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Becks (17901)

Bunker Hill (17901)

Dieners Hill (17901)

Duncott (17901)

Glen Carbon (17901)

Glen Dower (17901)

Glenworth (17901)

Greenbury (17901)

Heckschersville (17901)

Hillside (17901)

New Street (17901)

North Manheim (17901)

Phoenix Park (17901)

Pine Hill (17901)

Primrose (17901)

Wadesville (17901)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cressona 1,841 $58,875

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

Pottsville Public Libraries

Pottsville Free Public Library
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
(570) 622-8880
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Pottsville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(570) 621-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(570) 621-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

Schuylkill County Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (693GE)
700 Schuylkill Manor Road, Suite 6
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Pottsville High Schools

Serves 1,181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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