Data Tables

Housing Costs & Average Selling Price
Average Real Estate Taxes – 2000
Borough – 7.7
Township – 3.7
County – 7.95
Predetermined assessment to market ratio: 50%
True assessment to market ratio: 47.8%

The median value of owner-occupied housing units in 2000 was $81,000. (US Census,2000)

Year Average Sale Price Average List Price List to Sell Ratio
2000 $74,019 $79,779 93%
2001 $75,261 $83,178 90%
2002 $82,200 $88,912 92%

Business Establishment Growth & Earnings By Industry

Susquehanna County has a per capita personal income of $22,420. Total county worker earnings increased from $348,339,000 in 1999 to $368,900,000 in 2000, an increase of 5.9%. Industry trends for 2000 show that services accounted for 19.0% of total earnings. The slowest growing sector was durable goods, decreasing by 0.4% in 2000. Non-coal mining, particularly of Pennsylvania Bluestone, increased by 14.3% between 1999 and 2000. (Regional Economic Information System, Bureau of Economic Analysis. )

Type of Establishment Number of Employees % of Total County Businesses % Growth 1990-1999
Micro-establishments Under 5 employees 62.1% +4.1%
Small establishments 5-9 employees 19.2% +31.6%
Midsize establishments 10-19 employees 10.5% +43.9%
Large establishments 20+ employees 8.2% +1.6%

growth earnings

The number of county business establishments with employees showed an 11% overall increase between 1990 and 1999 Micro-establishments make up the largest sector of county businesses. Each sector experienced growth in terms of employees, with midsize establishments growing at the fastest rate. The growth rates for each business establishments are listed above. (County Business Patterns, 1990-1999, US Census Bureau, Center for Rural PA)

Private Non-Farm Establishments (1999): 782
Private Non-Farm Employment (1999): 6,429
Non-employer Establishments (1998): 2,879
(US Census, 2000)

The 1997 Economic Census of Minority and Women Owned Businesses indicated that women and minorities operate 19% of all Susquehanna County firms, accounting for 11% of total sales and receipts.

How Does Susquehanna County Compare?

County Population (2000) Median Family Income (1990) Cost of Living (1997) Unemployment Rate (Aug., 2001)
Susquehanna 42,238 $29,025 100.5 5.9
Bradford 62,761 $27,914 100.5 4.2
Lackawanna 213,295 $31,474 100.7 6.4
Wayne 47,722 $28,395 101.2 4.3
Wyoming 28,080 $31,441 99.8 4.9
  • Cost of Living Index calculated by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania through a comparison of costs of housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care along with the costs of miscellaneous goods and services.
  • Population, Median Family Income from 1990 and 2000 U.S. Census data.
  • Commuter Data, Major Employers, Unemployment rate from PA Dept. of Labor and Industry, PA Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

Employment Data

Population 2000 Total: 42,238 15.5% between 18-64 yrs 29.0% under 20 yrs old
Commuter Data (1990) Total Employed living in Susquehanna County: 16,787 Total working in Susquehanna County: 8,532 (50.8%) Total Commuting out of Susquehanna County: 8,255 (49.2%)
Major Employment Areas Private Industry 6,721 jobs Local Government 1705 jobs State & Federal Government 336 jobs

Susquehanna County Employment Opportunities:
Pennsylvania CareerLink Office: 570 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848
Phone: 570-265-2171.
www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us

Population
Susquehanna County – 42,238 (US Census 2000)
Within 30 mile radius – 303,646

Labor Force
Susquehanna County – 19,500 (US Census 2000)
Within 30 mile radius – 128,133
Average annual unemployment rate – 6.9%
More than 50% of the workforce leaves the County for employment.

Workforce Development
NTIEC (Northern Tier Industry-Education Consortium)
Career Link
Northern Tier Tech Prep Consortium

Cost of Living Index
Susquehanna County’s cost of living in the 3rd quarter of 1997 was 100.5, 28th lowest out of the state’s 67 counties. (Differences in Cost of Living Across Pennsylvania’s 67 Counties. Center for Rural PA—July, 2000).