Pottsville, Pennsylvania (population 14,324 – 2010 US Census) is located in Schuylkill County approximately 97 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The city is located along the west bank of the Schuylkill River. City leaders call Pottsville a safe, quaint, and family-oriented community. This small city has a rich history, fine city services, and an outstanding school district.
This coal country town is home to America’s oldest brewery as well as a hometown that attracts thousands of visitors annually.
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Pottsville homes for sale can be found in several charming and unique neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods include the Center City Area, Yorkville, Quinntown, Lawton’s Hill, The Island, Jalappa, Jalappa Heights, Fishbach, Russelville, Forest Hills and Forest Hills West, Bunker Hill, Morrisville, Guinea Hill, Cottage Hill, Hillside, York Farm, Mount Hope and Yorktowne.
The median value of owner-occupied homes was $74,700, based on city data collected from 2007 through 2010.
According to 2010 city data, Pottsville had 7,040 housing units. More than 61 percent of the homes in Pottsville own their homes.
Residents enjoy the city’s numerous parks and playgrounds, including Rotary Park, Railway Park, General George Joulwan East Side Park, Henry Clay Park, and Yuengling Park. The city’s largest park is the John F. Kennedy Memorial Recreation Complex.
The city is revitalizing its downtown with a new cityscape and new mass transit. Adding to the charm of Pottsville is the beauty of natural creeks like the Norwegian Creek and the West Branch of the Schuylkill River which flow through town in addition to the Schuylkill River which borders the city. Pottsville, like Rome, Italy, is built on seven hills – Mount Hope, Cottage Hill, Forest Hills, Bunker Hill, Greenwood Hill, Guinea Hill, and Lawton’s Hill.
Pottsville arts and culture attract not only residents but tourists to its venues such as the Martz Hall and Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles. The Sovereign Majestic Theatre, a 224 seat facility, entertains with a variety of productions and events. The Great Pottsville Cruise is an annual August event enjoyed by the town and thousands of visitors.
The Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau said the area has popular outdoor attractions, including three state parks, seven campgrounds, the Appalachian Trail, the Little Schuylkill River, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Pottsville offers tours of a coal mine and five wineries in which to sample and tour.
The Pottsville Downtown Historic District, Cloud Home, John O’Hara House, Burd Patterson House, the Pottsville Armory, D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewing Complex, and the Frank D. Yuengling Mansion are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The majority of students in Pottsville attend the Pottsville Area School District. The district serves a student body of 3,131 from Pottsville and the boroughs of Mechanicsville, Mount Carbon, Port Carbon, Palo Alto, and Norwegian Township. The district employs more than 215 teachers, 162 full and part time support personnel and 11 administrators.
Pottsville enjoys the convenience of local colleges and universities, including McCann School of Business and Technology, Penn State Schuylkill, Alvernia University, the Schuylkill Health School of Nursing and the Empire Beauty School of Pottsville.
Pottsville is a business friendly community. It is the home of several governmental agencies as well as home to several financial institutions, health care facilities and law offices. Pottsville is home to Yuengling Brewery, the oldest family brewery in America. According to 2007 city data, there are 972 business firms in Pottsville.
Pottsville is rich in anthracite coal. Local legend tells that the discovery of coal was purely accidental. In 1790 Necho Allen, while hunting, fell asleep at the base of Broad Mountain. When he awoke, his campfire had ignited an outcropping of coal. By 1795 an anthracite fired iron furnace was built on the Schuylkill River. In 1806 John Pott purchased the furnace. Pottsville was established as a village in 1819. It became a borough in 1828 and a city in 1911.
In 1829 D.G. Yuengling & Son established, what is today, the oldest family-operated beer brewery in America.
In the late 1880s a man named Moses Phillips and his wife, Endel, began selling handmade shirts to the coal miners. Those handmade shirts sold from pushcarts, was the humble beginning of a small textile company named Phillips Van Heusen. Today, Van Heusen, known as PVH Corp., is the world’s largest shirt company. It owns Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, Izod, Arrow, G. H. Bass brands. The company licenses brands Geoffrey Beane, BCBG Max Azria, Chaps, Sean John, Kenneth Cole New York, JOE Joseph Abboud and MICHEAL- Michael Kors.
The median income for a Pottsville household, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, was $30,137. The median income for a Pottsville family was $41,124. The per capita income for Pottsville was $18,165,
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|2010 to 2012 Changedown 0.8%|
|Age Distribution (Years Old)|
|0 to 44.9%|
|5 to 1719.5%|
|18 to 6456.9%|
|65 and Older18.7%|
|White (not Hispanic)92.7%|
|Place of Birth|
|High School Graduate, Age 25+85.0%|
|Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+14.3%|
|English is Second Language, Age 5+4.8%|
|English is First Language, Age 5+95.2%|
|Per Capita Income$22,365|
|Median Household Income$44,150|
|People in Poverty11.8%|
|Average Work Commute Time26 minutes|
|Total Housing Units69,157|
|Average Household Size2.35|
|Owner-Occupied Median Value$91,200|
|New Private Housing Issued 2012106|
|Years at Residence|
|1 Year or More89.1%|
|Less Than 1 Year10.9%|
|Business and Employment|
|Private non-farm Establishments2,842|
|Private non-farm Employment41,211|
|Private non-farm Employment Growthup 1.8%|
|Number of Firms8,794|
|Business Ownership by Ethnicity and Gender|
|Value of Shipments$3,043,381,000|
|Accommodation and Food Services$8,952|
|Sales Per Capita$135,797,000|
|Land Area778.63 sq. miles|
|Population Per Square Mile191|
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