Introduction to Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming county, is 70 miles W of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 131 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's bordered by the West Branch Susquehanna River. It's regarded as the original home of Little League Baseball. Shop-Vac and Bethlehem Wire Rope are located in Williamsport. Susquehanna Health, state government, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Springs Window Fashions, LLC and Brodart Company are some of the major employers.

Williamsport History

It was incorporated as a borough in 1806. During the late 1800's Williamsport was called "The Lumber Capital of the World," due to its thriving lumber industry. The logging industry created numerous millionaires. The Battle of Muncy Hills took place during the French and Indian War. Carl Stotz, a resident of the city, established Little League Baseball in 1939.

Williamsport Attractions

  • Little League Museum includes a vast amount of memorabilia
  • Millionaires Row features historic mansions and a variety of architectural styles
  • The Williamsport Wildcats play semi-pro football
  • The Little League World Series is a well known annual event
  • Clyde Peeling's Reptileland features vipers, cobras, pythons and numerous other snakes as well as tortoises, lizards and frogs
  • Samek Art Gallery, located on the Bucknell University campus, features Baroque and Renaissance art and other styles
  • Thomas T. Taber Museum includes artifacts from 10,000 BC, a Victorian parlor, a blacksmith shop and a grist mill

Williamsport Activities

Susquehanna State Park is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Culbertson, Peter Buck, Betterton, Big Mountain and Bloss Mountain trails are some of the region's paths avialable for hiking enthusiasts. Larry's Creek, White Deer Creek, Tioga River and Babb Creek are utilized for whitewater paddling. Ski Sawmill, Ski Denton and Ski Roundup are located in the region. There are numerous golf courses in the area including The White Deer Golf Course, Corey Creek Golf Club, Liberty Valley Country Club and Sunny Hill Golf Course.

Visitors have the opportunity to cruise along the Susquehanna on an authentic stern Paddlewheeler. The Bastress Mountain Winery provides wine tasting and tours. The Knoebels Grove Amusement Park features world class roller coasters and other rides. The Montour Preserve is a vast acreage and is used for boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking and cross-country skiing during the winter.

Williamsport Transportation

The River Valley Transit provides bus services.

Williamsport Higher Education

The city is home to Lycoming College, Newport Business Institute, Pennsylvania College of Technology and The Commonwealth Medical College.


Total Population 29,339
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,424
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 31.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,365
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,642
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,079


Median Family Income $46,323
% Above Poverty Level 72.7%
% Below Poverty Level 27.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.9%
% Using Public Transportation 5.5%


People Living Alone 33.4%
Median Gross Rent $722
Median House Value $101,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.5%
Irish 14.1%

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

Williamsport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 70 miles W of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 131 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Lycoming
Metro Area Williamsport
Standard Zip Codes 17701, 17702
P.O. Box Zip Codes 17703
Company Zip Codes 17705
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.241
Longitude -77.001

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 4.4 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 26.9 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 32.4 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, Williamsport, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Armstrong (17702)

Barbours (17701)

Bastress (17702)

Center City (17701)

Collomsville (17702)

Faxon (17701)

Grimesville (17701)

Heshbon Park (17701)

Loyalsock (17701)

Newberry (17701)

Nisbet (17702)

Old Lycoming (17701)

Oval (17702)

Proctor (17701)

Sylvan Dell (17702)

Warrensville (17701)

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/.

Williamsport Public Libraries

Lycoming County Library System
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Williamsport Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(570) 321-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Williamsport OPC, Campus of Divine Providence Hospital (693GB)
1705 Warren Avenue
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