Introduction to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, in Snyder county, is 58 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 103 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland.

Selinsgrove History

Selinsgrove, which is named after its founder, Captain Anthony Selin, was established in 1787. Selin fought with George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. The region around Selinsgrove witnessed violence when the Europeans settled there. The Penns Creek Massacre, which occurred in 1755, left fourteen settlers dead. John Jacob Leroy was also assassinated by the Native Indians near Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania in the same year.

Selinsgrove and Nearby Attractions

  • Mifflinburg Buggy Museum
  • Slifer House Museum
  • Joseph Priestley House
  • McCall Dam State Park
  • Knoebels Amusement Park
  • Hershey's Chocolate World

Things To Do In Selinsgrove

Joseph Priestley's manor, which was constructed in 1794, is accessible from the city. Priestley is credited with discovering oxygen and his laboratory may be seen in the house. The nearby Slifer House Museum houses exhibits in a restored Victorian house. The marker that commemorates the Penns Creek Massacre lies to the north of the city. Group tenting and picnicking opportunities are available at the McCall Dam State Park, which features an abandoned dam that was constructed on White Deer Creek in 1860. Activities including hiking and picnicking may be enjoyed at Milton State Park on the Susquehanna River.

Selinsgrove Transportation

Williamsport Regional is the nearest airport.

Selinsgrove Higher Education

Susquehanna University is located in Selinsgrove. Bucknell University and Bloomsburg University are situated close to the city.


Total Population 5,720
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,493
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 24%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,889
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,422
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,520


Median Family Income $46,177
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 18.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $758
Median House Value $133,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.2%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 11.3%

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

Selinsgrove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles NW of Reading, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 103 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland
County Snyder
Standard Zip Codes 17870
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.798
Longitude -76.862

Selinsgrove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.1 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 25.9 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 26 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blue Hill (17870)

Kantz (17870)

Monroe Township (17870)

Penn Avon (17870)

Verdilla (17870)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Freeburg 639 $52,500
Herndon 377 $42,000

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

Selinsgrove Public Libraries

Snyder County Libraries, Inc.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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Selinsgrove High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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