Introduction to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania

South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming county, is 70 miles W of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 130 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is part of the Williamsport metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 6,412 people live in South Williamsport.

South Williamsport History

The Susquehannocks of the Iroquois nation were the original inhabitants of this region, but in the 18th century, Lenape Indians occupied most of the area. Following the signing of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix in 1768, the region came under the control of the British who opened it for settlement. What is now known as "South Williamsport" was first settled in 1790. Aaron Hagerman, the community's first settler, arrived after the end of the American Revolutionary War. Jacob Weiss, an early entrepreneur, purchased land and began laying out town lots. On November 29, 1886, the villages of Billman, and Rocktown merged with several other communities and officially incorporated as South Williamsport. During the post-Civil War years, the community's woodworking factories and planning mills thrived due to the boom in the logging industry.

South Williamsport and Nearby Attractions

  • Slifer House Museum
  • Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
  • French Azilum Historic Site
  • Little Pine State Park
  • Ross Park Zoo
  • Knoebels Amusement Park

Things To Do In South Williamsport

Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum features historical exhibits and a Hall of Excellence, while collections in the Slifer House Museum are housed in a restored Victorian home. French Azilum Historic Site marks the area where a planned French community was established in 1793. Joseph Priestley House is another place of historic interest near South Williamsport. McCall Dam State Park, which is situated on an abandoned dam across the White Deer Creek, features facilities for group tenting and picnicking. Various other activities like hiking, swimming, fishing, and boating can be enjoyed at the Susquehanna State Park, Ravensburg State Park, and Little Pine State Park. Ross Park Zoo, Lincoln Caverns, and Knoebels Amusement Park are some of the other popular destinations in the region.

South Williamsport Transportation

Air transportation is available from Williamsport Regional Airport.

South Williamsport Higher Education

Nearby colleges are Bucknell University, Lycoming College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.


Total Population 6,354
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,071
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,211
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,058
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,762


Median Family Income $68,286
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $700
Median House Value $122,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 13.9%

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

South Williamsport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 70 miles W of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 130 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Metro Area Williamsport
Standard Zip Codes 17702
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.231
Longitude -76.999

South Williamsport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.5 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
Station CANTON
Distance 27.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.4 inches
Distance 31.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Armstrong (17702)

Bastress (17702)

Collomsville (17702)

Nisbet (17702)

Oval (17702)

Sylvan Dell (17702)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Duboistown 1,195 $59,659

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

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